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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
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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on 6 April 2017
Relatively dark sex killer/thriller starring Clint Eastwood. I'm a huge fan of the actor, but this is not one of my favourites. Clint plays a New Orleans detective who is on the trail of a serial killer who's victims have two things in common - they work in the sex trade and they are somehow connected to Eastwood. It's not a patch on the Dirty Harry movies, particularly Sudden Impact, which was his previous film.
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on 20 August 2017
unusual role for clint who is torn between the usual good guy role and a sinister past
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on 4 September 2017
A powerful and disturbing film from Clint Eastwood. Quite a brave one for him to make as well as you will see when you watch it. If you love clint eastwood - particularly play misty for me - then you will enjoy this.
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on 30 June 2017
Almost brilliant movie. Really good for the first 80 minutes, but unravels quite a bit in the last 20 minutes, with huge plot holes. Excellent acting by Eastwood, and still a solid movie. Worth watching
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on 19 August 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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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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VINE VOICEon 7 August 2014
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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on 29 June 2015
You read the back of the box and think this is another Dirty Harry film but you will be wrong. This is a very dark film about a cop, Wes Block, trying to find a murderer in the seedier side of New Orleans. Wes also has his work cut out by looking after his two daughters. I am a big fan of Clint Eastwood and I was very glad to find this on Blue ray. It is a really good film to watch late at night.
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on 3 August 2014
An excellent Clint Eastwood thriller that is certainly worth watching.
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