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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, Brion James
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: Rowdy Herrington, Marty Kaplan
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Carmine Zozzora, Hunt Lowry, Marty Kaplan, Steven Reuther
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXD5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) is demoted from homicide detective to River Rescue Patrol after challenging his superiors. Hardy believes that his father was murdered by a serial killer, not the man the police convicted. When the killer begins operating again two years later, Hardy sets out to track him down - much to the disapproval of his uncle (Dennis Farina), who is now Chief of Homicide.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Bruce in classic cop mode plays a detective who gets busted to the river police after a murder investigation goes wrong and his dad and cousin die. A man goes to prison for the murders but Bruce is not convinced and won't let it go. Skip forward two years and he's now a functioning alcoholic with a hot new partner in the shape of a young Sarah Jessica Parker (oh yes she was once!) and bodies start turning up in his stretch of the water that suggests the killer is back and with a personal agenda as the victims are linked to Bruce. This is not a 'Die Hard' but it has a reasonable amount of exciting chases and action. The picture quality is good and full screen, only stand out point on the soundtrack was at the policeman's ball where the fireworks start off screen and you hear them behind you in a surround sound set up. Definitely worth a 7/10.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ptralmn@aol.com on 26 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD
This is a movie which sees Bruce Willis back to his Die Hard wise cracking antics. He plays a former cop who is now a river rescue officer, and when a serial killer who had killed his father, begins murdering his former girlfriends, he is caught up in the investigations. Overall a good action movie that you should see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pery Machado on 9 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Good action/police film from Bruce Willis. There are better films in this style, but the action is consistent, the cast is good and the story decent enough. A must for Bruce Willis fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
Splashing down in cinemas with a reputation you can smell a mile off, Striking Distance is no masterpiece but is a lot better than anyone has any right to expect given its troubled shoot and much rewritten screenplay (Willis' uncredited and unrequested additions reportedly necessitated reshooting when they turned out to be incomprehensible to preview audiences). File it under guilty pleasure, but as dumb action movies go, it's enjoyable enough with a few good action scenes and a really great car chase to keep you watching as the plot unfolds exactly as you expect.

Willis' disgraced cop-turned-river patrolman doesn't exactly show much in the way of emotion or remorse when his numerous ex-girlfriends keep on turning up dead for him to find in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers while Sarah Jessica Parker phones in her how does-she-get-the-work performance (well, by wearing tight dresses and sticking her chest out is my guess) and the killer comes on like Jay Leno with a badge on acid but the rest of the cast are good value for money, with a nice all-too-brief turn from John Mahoney as Willis' cop father (actually, most of the cops in the movie are relatives) that plays like a more amiable dress rehearsal for his role in Frasier. Sad to see Andre Breugher, so good in Glory so wasted here as an IAD prosecutor.

Only a trailer by wayt of extras on the DVD, and not even that on the Blu-ray release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 15 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Formulaic, predictable, average, yet enjoyable action thriller. I'm sure most were expecting another Die Hard type film when this came out, but this is a lot more laid back in comparison and whilst nowhere near as good, shouldn't be forgotten. Willis suits his role as a disgraced alcoholic, former homicide detective who has a serial killer who is pulling him into a cat and mouse game whilst the rest of the Pittsburgh police department believes the (innocent) man they have already arrested is responsible. It's quite obvious from the start who the killer is but there is some fun in getting there, including a fairly good car chase and a couple of decent gunfights. The humour is hit and miss throughout but is welcome to lighten the tone and the supporting cast are mostly impressive, especially Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore and John Mahoney. Sarah Jessica Parker is the weak link, but is better than most would think. Overall, this is worthy of a high end rental. 3/5
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I've been having some fun recently with digging out a few old films I remember enjoying when they came out at the cinema. And each one I've watched over the last few weeks I have enjoyed as much, if not more than the first time. The most recent film in my back catalog was Striking Distance. It's a bit of an underrated Bruce Willis action classic in my opinion. I think the reason it was not as popular as it should have was down to the first two Die Hard films over shadowing it. However this seemed to be the year when Willis's career stalled slightly before he bounced back in 1994 with Pulp Fiction.

Striking Distance is great action flick that sees Willis as an honest cop (Tom Hardy) within a not so honest cop family. He is forced to give evidence against a family member detective resulting in the force and family to turn their backs on him. Hardy ends up as river cop patrolling the waters ways when he finds a string of dead body's who had some significants in his life. Teaming up with a new partner Sarah Jessica Parker, they set out on an unauthorised investigation to catch the murderer.

There are some fantastic action scenes in this film, one in particular with a massive car car chase at the beginning which I concider to be one of the best. I love a good car chase and even have a best of list: The Italian Job, Ronin, The Rock, Bad Boys 2, The Dead Pool and The Rookie. On top of the car chase we have some brilliant boat chases and some quite chilling murder scenes which are pretty graphic. Dare I say it, but this film feels bit like a modern Hitchcock movie. That may sound a bit silly but the ways it's filmed, the way the suspence builds and the music score made me think of it as that. It a very solid murder mystery story with a good cast.
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