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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Richard Tuggle
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese Brazilian, French, Italian, German, Latin Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JJ2Q2NY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans cop who is on the trail of a sex murderer. However, it seems that they both share the same tastes when it comes to massage parlours and S and M games, and the lines between the pursuer and pursued become ever more blurred - with the finger of suspicion turning towards the cop himself.

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Lured by the promise of kinky sex, two men prowl the French Quarter. One is a cop. The other is a killer. Clint Eastwood is Wes Block, a lawman walking a Tightrope separating him from the man he strives to be and the man he fears he is. When investigating brutal sex murders, he uncovers a link between himself and the suspect. To the killer, the only good hooker is a dead one – especially if she's been with Block. Soon no woman who knows Block is safe, including those dearest to him (Genevieve Bujold and Alison Eastwood). Showcasing New Orleans at its moody best, writer/director Richard Tuggle (Escape from Alcatraz) adds shadings to Block that make him more than a stoic action hero. And Eastwood grabs the challenge with one of his best performances ever.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Tightrope is directed by Richard Tuggle and Clint Eastwood, Tuggle writes the screenplay. It stars Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood and Rod Masterson. Music is by Lennie Niehaus and cinematography by Bruce Surtees.

New Orleans and Detective Wes Block is plunged into a hunt for a rapist serial killer that brings out his own deviant peccadilloes.

One of Eastwood’s best movies also happens to be one of his most under appreciated, the actor challenging himself to explore a darker characterisation than the iconographic ones he was most famed for. Wes Block is a damaged man, a divorced father of two girls, who he adores but they are uncomfortably at arms length due to his work. He’s afraid of affection, to be touched in a gentle manner by a member of the opposite sex, preferring to indulge in seamy sex by way of prostitutes who frequent the dark abodes of Orleans’ French Quarter.

If you knew what’s ahead…

Enter the doppelganger effect, as a mysterious serial killer is at large murdering the ladies of the night that Wes takes his pleasure with, the guilt factor hanging heavy on his haunted shoulders. As Wes tries to bring down the killer, he is battling to realign his mindset about the female sex, his daughters and also Beryl Thibodeaux (Bujold), the latter the rape counsellor who was once his sparring adversary, but is now a potential lover if Wes can put everything back on an even keel.

Tuggle, Eastwood and Surtees bring plenty of film noir touches to their picture. Surtees’ photography is strong in colour but dark in shading, perfectly embodying the seamy side of The Big Easy. Between them, actor and director fill out this fascinating tale with classic noirish scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In a refreshing change of tone for Eastwood, his character of Block takes us into a darker and more ambitious world than we have seen before in his on-screen characters. The notion of rape, abuse to women and sado-machism is explored here in a way that is never crass or gratuitous, but instead interesting and softly erotic, taking audiences along the tightrope Block walks to being just like the perverse killer he is investigating.

Most of the film takes place at night, so it’s a dark, grim tale that isn’t peppered with humour, but instead is as tense and bleak as it sets out to be from the opening scenes.

It’s one of the most daring projects from Eastwood and lacks the traits that devout fans may want to see from their hero, but it’s a brave film which more than enough suspense to carry it over 90 minutes and shows Eastwood can convey any sort of emotion and persona in film.
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'Wes Block' (Clint Eastwood) a Cop, who with 'Joe Molinari' (Dan Hedaya) patrol the French
Quarter in 'New Orleans' where a series of brutal sex-murders are occurring.
The sleazy side of town has it's temptations for 'Wes'
As the investigation progresses 'Wes' realizes there is a link between himself and the dead
Hookers.
Very soon it seems no Woman 'Wes' has been with, is safe which includes those closest to
him, could 'Wes' become a suspect himself ?
When the killer becomes more confident, it seems that he's playing a deadly game with 'Wes'
He begins to fear for his young daughters, and his lady friend 'Beryl' (Genevi'eve Bujoid) and
asks for extra patrol cover at his home whilst he works at night.
The situation is becoming personal.
This movie is a bit of a slow burner, but does pick up as it moves along, maybe not 'Cint's' best
'Cop' movie, unusually there are few one-liners which we tend to expect from him throughout
his film career.
However the film is certainly worth a viewing, especially for 'Clint Eastwood' fans.
Picture Quality is not the best at times however certainly a step-up from the DVD version.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 19 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A New Orleans detective is leading an investigation into a killer who is raping and murdering women.

His enquiries lead him into the seedy side of town which he is no stranger to, when he is off-duty.

All this contrasts with his home life as a single parent with two young girls.

Then on the case he meets a counsellor with whom a relationship possibly offering some normality to his darker side.....

It's an interesting concept, obviously a huge curiosity piece when released back in the day, because Eastwood was arguably the biggest star on the planet, and this was his Basic Instinct, if you would.

It's pretty tame stuff when you watch it now, but one can imagine how many people were shocked by the imagery, and the amount of sex and violence that is on display.

For a film with such a dark tone, Eastwood plays such a homely family man, grounded and down to earth, so kudos to his performance for not acting all strange and weird when he delves into his fantasies. He's just as normal as he always is.

The red hues obviously indicate the illicit passions in the film, and although the killer is just your perfunctory eighties villain, his motives and actions are pretty macabre.

As with all Malpaso movies released in the early eighties, we are treated with a city shot from a helicopter, and a wonderful jazz score.

It's an oddity for sure, and Eastwood took a huge gamble. Luckily it paid off, but then he made City Heat, and it went downhill for a couple of years.

Would make a great triple bill with Cruising, and 8mm
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