October 31st, 1997



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An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.2/10 (5,883 voted)

Director: Jeb Stuart

Stars: Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, Claudia Stedelin

F.B.I. agent Frank LaCrosse returns home to find his home has been broken into, his son is missing and Missy the babysitter is lying in a pool of her own insides. Her murder being the hallmarks of a elusive enigmatic serial killer whose slaughter spree...stretches nearly two years. Frank's desperate pursuit leads to Amarillo, Texas, where two more victims matching the killers M.O. have been found slashed to death. As Frank searches for his suspect the local Sheriff Buck Olmstead and his Deputy Nate Booker investigate the killings in-between a heated election feud, with his competition police chief Jack McGinnis. All the while drifting former doctor Lane Dixon is picked up by ex-railroad man, Bob Goodall. As a local Mechanic, Clyde 'Shorty' Callahan becomes the latest victim. Frank hopes and prays to find this sociopath before he disappears perhaps forever into the rocky mountains

Claudia Stedelin - Missy, the Babysitter
Ian Blake Nelson - Andy LaCrosse
Brent Hinkley - Man on Porch
R. Lee Ermey - Sheriff Buck Olmstead
Walton Goggins - Bud (as Walt Goggins)
Ted Levine - Deputy Nate Booker
Louis Schaefer - Sim
William Fichtner - Chief Jack McGinnis
Jared Leto - Lane Dixon
Robert L. Somers - Rancher
Lexie Stuart - Ranchers Daughter
Danny Glover - Bob Goodall
Ted Markland - Bartender
Gregory Scott Cummins - Rick
Tommy Puett - Ben

Taglines: The hunter is tracking the killer. But the killer is setting the trap.

Release Date: 31 October 1997

Filming Locations: Colorado, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,704,568 (USA) (2 November 1997) (1128 Screens)

Gross: $6,482,195 (USA) (14 December 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

According to an interview with Jeb Stuart in Premiere magazine, he had originally intended to make this movie back in the early 1980's under the title 'Going West in America', with Sidney Poitier, Robert Duvall, and Kevin Bacon in the three main roles.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: In several scenes, squealing tires are heard from a car skidding on a snow-packed road. Tires do not squeal on snow.

Sheriff Buck Olmstead: Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey.

User Review

Hokey, But Intense Man's Movie

Rating: 8/10

Wow, this is an intense story that should keep you interested for the full two hours. The five main roles are all men and they are pretty interesting, led by Danny Glover's character, who is very, very creepy.

I'm hesitant to say much about this film for fear of giving anything away for those who have not seen it. Suffice to say its a rough movie in regards to language, violence and general attitude but the story grabs you quickly and is tough to put down once you are into it.

One complaint I read said this film never made it big because it was too convoluted a storyline. In fact, the story isn't really pieced together until the last few minutes. Well, a lot of films over the years were like that (Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes mysteries, just to name two) and no one complained.

The fact that FBI agent Dennis Quaid would figure things out to the exact minute does stretch credibility so don't look for a film that makes a lot of sense: it's simply a very tense thriller that entertains, so it serves its purpose.

Lee Ermey, the fanatical drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, also is fun to watch in here. Jared Leto and Ted Levine also contribute nicely. It's a man's film, for the most part and an effective diversion for two hours.


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