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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doppleganger disease.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Most of us walk a tightrope between the two.....
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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doppleganger disease., 8 Mar. 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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. A Mardi Gras warehouse is eerie, as is a chase through a cemetery, then there’s clowns and balloons, things that are associated with childish fun but so often in noirville carry a sinister edge. The sleazy dives that Wes frequents are foreboding places of sin, more so when the killer is stalking his prey. While a railroad location is used to great effect as well.

It has some problems, Hedaya is wasted and the Wes and Beryl relationship is telegraphed a mile away. While the formula of such movies inevitably means the culmination of tale is no surprise, but the journey is a dark and interesting one and Tightrope is a damn fine movie. 8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clint Goes Dark n' Moody, 7 Aug. 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'GETTING TOO CLOSE TO 'WES' IS NOT A GREAT IDEA', 26 Jun. 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Most of us walk a tightrope between the two....., 19 Aug. 2014
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not seem to fade with age, 14 July 2009
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There is nothing original in this 1984 film in New Orleans. We have seen it all. The ex-cop turned serial killer after a long sojourn in prison for rape. The woman activist who is teaching self defense to other women. The divorced father who is taking care of two girls. The victims chosen among the female haphazard or not of the main cop who arrested him a long time ago, in order to get even with him, to get his revenge. The Mardi Gras turned into crime peddling. The three cops keeping one woman under surveillance and protection killed one after the other and the woman assaulted. Etc. So what makes this film special? The cool character of the inspector, slow and fast at the same time, Pondering and following his instinct at some other time. Professional and yet yielding to prostitutes a little too easily and too often, and forgetting his ties on the place of intercourse. Having a problem explaining his younger daughter what a hard-on is. And the word is used twice in the film. There is also the perfect well built suspense founded and built on the shoes and the color of the shoelaces of the criminal. The absolute ruthlessness of this killer who enjoys raping his victims before they die by strangulation and then even eating a cookie and having a cup of coffee. That nonchalance is rarely expected nor found in a serial killer, though he may become so used to his deeds that follow a strict scenario that he may become easy-going about it. That's why the film is perfectly entertaining and Bourbon street on Mardi Gras is so colorful and fascinating. We would like every day to be a Mardi Gras, even if that is the paradise of murderers who can disguise the way they want and be absolutely unseen, invisible. And it all holds with a red silk ribbon. Marvelous detail that makes the film nearly sentimental, like the red badge of courage turned perverse and sociopathic.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, CEGID
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Aug. 2014
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An excellent Clint Eastwood thriller that is certainly worth watching.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toughness with vulnerability, 16 July 2007
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This is'nt an instalment in the Dirty Harry series, though Clint plays a tough cop with a vulnerability that is central to the film's premise. His character is on the trail of a sociopath, hell-bent on implicating Clint's character in a series of murders of women, who work in seedy establishments, in New Orleans. His character's realisation of the killer's motive, gives the second act a walls-closing-in kind of claustrophobia, that keeps you gripped to the end. One of Clint's best starring-roles in the early 80s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Tightrope [Blu-ray] [1984] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Clint at his best. The film doesn't seem to be shown much on tv.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Eastwood, 3 Dec. 2008
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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In one of his less well known roles Clint Eastwood again shows that he is always prepared to do the unexpected with his acting. He plays Wes Block, a cop who is trying to catch a serial killer with liking for kinky sex.
The trouble for Wes is that so does he, and in fact he frequents the same places and meets the same women as the killer. Genevieve Bujold plays the rape counsellor who becomes involved with Wes and theres a noteably good performance from Clint Eastwood's daughter who plays one of Wes's two daughters in the film.

Its a brave performance from Eastwood and the whole film is really quite an edgy thriller. From memory I was convinced Eastwood directed this, but seeing it again recently I realised he didn't. So credit to the actual director who did a fine job.

Eastwood was 54 when this was made. If I can be as good shape as he was at that age I'll be a very happy man!

Why this isn't available on region 2 seperately I don't know, as its a better film than most of the Dirty Harry sequels. No doubt it'll be reissued again eventually. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product with fast delivery, 5 Jan. 2015
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Good DVD. Turned up quickly.
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