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Striking Distance (1993)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 29,586 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 1993 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
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Striking Distance (1993)


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  • IMDb page: Striking Distance (1993)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 29,586 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 1993 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Filming Location: Hall of Justice – 211 W. Temple Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: £1,652,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)
  • Director: Rowdy Herrington
  • Stars: Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Brad Fiedel   
  • Soundtrack: THINGS HAPPEN
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Serial Killer | River | Police | Chase | River Rescue

Writing Credits By:

  • Rowdy Herrington (written by) &
  • Marty Kaplan (written by) (as Martin Kaplan)

Known Trivia

  • Co-star Robert Pastorelli accidentally blurted out the big plot twist during an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) long before the film was released. 6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • On an appearance in May 2004 on On the Record with Bob Costas (2001), Bruce Willis apologized to the movie-going public for this film, saying that “it sucked”. 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Extensive re-shooting took place after principal photography was completed due to a negative test screening. All the love/intimate scenes between Hardy and Jo were re-shot to make things sexier. Several dialogue scenes, like the scene in the bar between Willis and Sizemore, were also cut to make the film quicker paced. The change in tone of the film also made Columbia change the title from “Three Rivers” to “Striking Distance”, as it now focused more on the action/thriller elements. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The Pittsburgh Police badges are plastic resin casts of actual PPD badges. The props crew was given 4 badges to use, and thus all of the badges are one of only 4 numbers. This was done with the agreement that all casts and molds had to be returned to PPD so they could be destroyed once filming was complete. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Originally, the lead role was to be played by Ed Harris. It was then rewritten for Robert De Niro and, finally, Bruce Willis. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • At various stages of production the film was known as “Three Rivers” but was eventually released as “Striking Distance”. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The shotgun Hardy uses to take control of the barge is a Mossberg 500 Marine. 1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Before the chase, the dispatch reports a pursuit of a suspect in a 1989 Ford, but the Ford that was being chased was around 1985-1987.

Plot: Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom. Full summary » |  »

Story: A serial killer is back in Pittsburgh to torment the former homicide detective who was on his trail years before. Tom Hardy, who has been relegated to water-way duty, along with new partner Jo Christman, navigate the three rivers looking for clues and discovering bodies. This time the victims are women Tom knows, he must find the killer to prove his innocence. Written byFMJ_Joker

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Marty Kaplan known as associate producer (as Martin Kaplan)
  • Hunt Lowry known as producer
  • Arnon Milchan known as producer
  • Steven Reuther known as executive producer
  • Tony Thomopoulos known as producer
  • Carmine Zozzora known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Bruce Willis known as Det. Tom Hardy
  • Sarah Jessica Parker known as Jo Christman
  • Dennis Farina known as Capt. Nick Detillo
  • Tom Sizemore known as Det. Danny Detillo
  • Brion James known as Det. Eddie Eiler
  • Robert Pastorelli known as Det. Jimmy Detillo
  • Timothy Busfield known as Tony Sacco
  • John Mahoney known as Lt. Vince Hardy
  • Andre Braugher known as Dist. Atty. Frank Morris
  • Tom Atkins known as Sgt. Fred Hardy
  • Mike Hodge known as Capt. Penderman, River Rescue Commandant
  • Jodi Long known as Officer Kim Lee, River Rescue Dispatcher
  • Roscoe Orman known as Sid, Eddie Eiler's Partner
  • Robert Gould known as Douglas Kesser
  • Gareth Williams known as Chick Chicanis
  • Ed Hooks known as Attorney Gunther
  • Lawrence Mandley known as Bailiff
  • Julianna McCarthy known as Judge Helen Kramer
  • Sally Wiggin known as Newscaster
  • Andrea Martin known as Newscaster
  • Suzanne Vafiadis known as Newscaster
  • Ken Rice known as Newscaster
  • Michael Canavan known as Officer Gary Hardy
  • Scott Klace known as Card Player (as Scott Kloes)
  • Bruce Kirkpatrick known as Card Player
  • Edward Gero known as Officer Lulley
  • Andrew May known as Officer Jeff Schultz
  • Sigrid Adrienne known as Nurse Paula Puglisi
  • Elva Branson known as Head Nurse
  • Jack Pashkin known as Bartender
  • Erik Jensen known as Kid on Steps
  • Jeffrey Stephan known as Dispatcher (as Jeffrey J. Stephan)
  • Bill Hartung known as Boat Preppie
  • Dan Holland known as Tugboat Gunman
  • Vince Deadrick Jr. known as Tugboat Gunman
  • John Bower known as Cop (as John T. Bower)
  • Janette Caldwell known as Cheryl Putnam
  • Tony Amen known as Fisherman (uncredited)
  • David Barckhoff known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Timothy Butts known as Officer Huck Tuckerman (uncredited)
  • Robert DiDonato known as Officer Gino (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as AA Member (uncredited)
  • Dave Petti known as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
  • Betsy Zajko known as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Paul Abascal known as hair stylist
  • Scott H. Eddo known as makeup artist
  • Jeannee Josefczyk known as makeup artist
  • Rachel Kick known as additional makeup artist
  • Jeffrey A. Rubis known as hair stylist
  • Linda Williams known as additional hair stylist

Art Department:

  • G. Roger Abell known as set dresser
  • Steve Arnold known as set designer
  • Robert J. Carlyle known as construction coordinator
  • Rosario Casalenuovo known as set labor
  • Gina B. Cranham known as set designer
  • Elizabeth Flaherty known as art department coordinator
  • Eileen Garrigan known as charge scenic
  • Gregory Jones known as set dresser
  • Robert Lucas known as lead man
  • Mary O'Brien known as scenic artist
  • Brent Peelor known as carpenter
  • Gregory Puchalski known as scenic artist
  • Gregory Puchalski known as signwriter
  • Eric Ramsey known as storyboard artist
  • Doug Sieck known as set dresser
  • Andrew M. Siegel known as assistant property master
  • Gary Stel known as labor foreman
  • Diana Stoughton known as assistant set decorator
  • Paul Bucciarelli known as props assistant (uncredited)
  • Michael Burnett known as radio controlled miniature police car (uncredited)
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Cine Equipment  cranes and remote heads
  • Cinema Research  opticals
  • Donah Bassett and Associates  negative cutting
  • Moving-Cam S.A.  flying camera sequences
  • Peak Security  security
  • Pittard Sullivan Fitzgerald  title design
  • Sony Pictures Studios  post-production sound services
  • Tony's Food Service  catering


  • Columbia Pictures (1993) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (1993-1994) (non-USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina (1993) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Film (1994) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Films AB (1994) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Films (1994) (France) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Films (1994) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Films de España (1994) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar (1993) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (199?) (Netherlands) (VHS)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (1994) (USA) (VHS)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (1994) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (1998) (USA) (DVD)
  • Columbia TriStar (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Fox Network (1996) (USA) (TV)
  • LK-TEL Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS)
  • LK-TEL (Argentina) (DVD)
  • LK-TEL (Argentina) (VHS)
  • Nordisk Film (1999) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures Nordic (2005) (Sweden) (DVD)



Other Stuff

MPAA: Rated R for violence, strong language and a sex scene



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. refinedsugar from Nova Scotia, Canada
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    I'd be lying if I didn't admit this is yet another patterned BruceWillis flick. The kind where he plays the hard boiled cop with acolorful past, but I gave it a chance. This one finds Willis as TomHardy. A cop from a family of cops and things aren't going too well.First off, he's just ratted out his violent partner (Robert Pastorelli)at an official police inquiry and that doesn't win him any fans in thedepartment. Then his depressed former partner jumps off a bridgekilling himself. What a load to carry. All of the while there's thiskiller on the loose and when his father is murdered by him, he lets itbe known he thinks the killer is a cop and suddenly he's reassigned toRiver Patrol.

    This movie succeeds on a basic level — it's entertaining. Sure thestory is loose and the film's surprises are somewhat stale, but it'sall in good fun. Willis gets to look aptly serious and hunt for thekiller on the waters and there's just enough suspense to sustaininterest and the minor twists of the story keep things at a good pace.Meanwhile the rounded supporting cast keeps things lively and keeps theviewer going, "Where have I seen him before?" or "Hey that's such andsuch".

    I've read on here how people think this is stupid, dumb and lacks anysuspense or thrills. Like any of the Die Hard movies had exceptionallysmart stories, you didn't know what was gonna happen next or how itwould all end. Of course not. For a entry level Bruce Willis flick,this one satisfies. Now if only I could get the Little Red Riding HoodSong out of my mind…!

  2. BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    I don’t understand why this film is so over-looked. It has prettyeverything fans of Bruce Willis would want. He is a cop, not liked byhis fellow officers, and he is on a murder case where no one believeswhat he has to say. There is action, swearing, one liners, and evensome sex. Bruce doesn’t usually have that in his films, maybe that iswhat threw people off. Just Kidding.

    By all means, this is no masterpiece, but it is an entertaining mysterywith an AWESOME car chase. One of the best. Bruce Willis fans shoulddefinitely check this movie out. It is pure Bruce and without him the"lone cop" story wouldn’t work as well nor be as credible as it isbecause of him. 8/10

    Rated R: violence and profanity

  3. Scot6 from Washington, DC
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    More than any film I can remember in a long time, I have never understoodwhy this film hasn’t gotten higher ratings than it has. The plot, while notingenious (and even somewhat predictable) is still exciting and will keepyou engrossed.

    The film’s creators get a lot of points in my book for locale creativity.Instead of setting the film in some predictable location such as New York,Los Angeles, Miami or San Francisco they set it in Pittsburgh, PA,definitely not your ordinary movie location. It’s one that adds a wonderfulfreshness to the movie however.

    The location shooting is outstanding. The scenery is different andexcellent, the photography is great, even spectacular in places and theaction is on a par with some of the best action films ever, includingBullitt. Who would normally think to expect extensive boating and wateraction in a state as synonymous with mountains as Pennsylvania is? Thatalone is worth taking a look at this movie.

    I do not usually care much for Bruce Willis. I thought he was very well castin this movie however and Sara Jessica Parker added extra special chemistry.The cast is much better than average overall and includes such outstandingactors as Andre Braugher, of the outstanding tv series "Homicide". I thoughtthat the casting in general, as well as the photography, location and actionvery adequately made up for any possible deficiencies in the plotitself.

    I would warn that there is extensive foul language in this film, more thanis necessary even for a film of this genre in my opinion and probably it’sbiggest drawback. I would still say that the film is well worth watchingwhen your in the mood for some escapist fun and action fare. As I saidearlier, I think the film deserves higher ratings than it’s gotten so far.I’ve watched it twice now (it was just as good the second time, in fact evenbetter) and that definitely won’t be the last time I watch it.

  4. millennia-2 from In shame (2005 update)
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    I caught this one on TV at about midnight, and I wasn’t planning to seemore than five minutes of it. I did (why would I write this comment if Ididn’t) and it kept my interest through the whole film. Bruce Willis andSarah Jessica Parker were excellent together and the supporting cast wasalso outstanding.

    Director Rowdy Herrington also brought us the awful A Murder of Crows(1999), but he didn’t ruin this one, even if it did get a littlefar-fetchedin places. An interesting plot line, and Willis is believable in hisrole.

    + (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Direction 2.) Chemistry between Willis and Parker3.) Ending (unlike everyone else, I didn’t see it coming) 4.) Length5.) The score 6.) John Mahoney’s performance

    – (BAD THINGS) 1.) Believability 2.) The script (uneven inplaces)

    TOTAL: 7/10

  5. Dr.X from USA
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    I took a chance on this one on a slow night and wish I hadn’t bothered. Itstarted off with some promise and atmosphere, and includes a pretty good carchase early on. However, it then starts throwing bad cliches that you’vealready seen 100 times in all over the place. The troubled cop is haunted bya past incident and is now a detached loner who drinks far too much. Gee,how many times have we seen that before? Making matters worse, the final 30minutes become so implausible, ridiculous, and insulting to the audience’sintelligence, I found myself yelling insults at the director and producerfor their complete and utter lack of imagination.

    In short, do yourself a favor and pass on this one. There’s bound to besomething better to do or watch even on the slowest of nights. If you aretempted to take a peek due to the presence of Bruce Willis or because youlike serial killer films in general, do so at your own risk, but don’t sayyou weren’t warned!

  6. CarelessMoonDruid from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    A cop receives phone calls wherein he hears the murders of young womenperpetrated by a wily serial killer. Okay, the premise is not new. Itis a bit reminiscent of the Zodiac killer, but only a bit. The truthis, only a big star like Willis could pull this one out of the $1 binand set it upon the eye-level shelves. Fortunately, Willis and SarahJessica Parker manage to do just that.

    This film is highly underrated and under-appreciated, and wrongly so.The performances by even the supporting cast (actors who are known forlesser films and lesser performances) are wonderful. No, I'm not tryingto say this film is Oscar-worthy, but it IS highly entertaining. Itproperly generates atmosphere, and delivers upon generation.

    All in all? I found this work entertaining and enjoyable.

    It rates an 8.3/10 from…

    the Fiend :.

  7. musacha from United States
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    Great support cast. Dialogue between Farina & Willis is as real as itgets. Irish vs Italian is always interesting. Needed more of thosescenes. Some cliché movie lines but storyline hides the cheese.Location, Location, Location. All things being equal, I'd rather be inPhiladelphia (right: Willis from Die Hard). I prefer Philly movies, butPittsburgh is a great setting. Not NY. Not LA. I'll take it and itworks. Every other profession has been glammed up by Hollywood so riverpolice was a refreshing change.

    Getting back to the cast, most of them are interchangeable with otheractors. But there is no substitute for Dennis Farina as tough cop. Head libs in his own way as well as Hackman & Matthau. If he's anon-smoker in real life, he should have won an Oscar for this role.This is one of those movies where the pre-quels would be just as actionpacked. Yeah I know the Episode IV thing has been done before in agalaxy far far away. But these characters would be interesting in theiryounger years.

  8. ChocboMg from USA
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    Now, I know that the majority say this film is bad, while I loved it. ItDID get far fetched, it DID get ridiculous in the end, but I still liked it.This movie is more realistic than the other thrillers, take I Know What YouDid Last Summer. One thing is for certain, and that is that this movie doesshow cruelty towards women, so I don’t think many women would like thismovie, my mom sure didn’t! Anyway, Bruce Willis is a river cop, now that’s ajob I want, to drive a boat around a river all day, easy job, right? Well,not when your area has a ton of killings going on and the bodies dumped inthe river for the poor river patrol, who are used to just cruising aroundhave to pick up the bodies. This movie is great keeping the villain secretuntil the end, they certainly fooled me! This movie got an 8/10 on myscale, probably a 2/10 on my moms. I give it that for great suspense,mystery, and thrills. I lowered it due to how it was a bit against women.This movie is definitely rated R, and shouldn’t be viewed by children oryoung teens for strong violence and language, and also some sex. It ispretty good, while maybe offensive to women, maybe not.

  9. windypoplar from United States
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    Actually watched this on a bus ride home. Found myself entertained foronce! Bruce Willis plays good cop Tom Hardy, who's convinced the policekilled his dad and framed some poor sap. He opens his big mouth toooften and they demote him to river duty! Tom is still on the job andnow he's partnered with sexy diver Jo (Sarah Jessica Parker). They keepfinding dead women and Tom realizes the killer is toying with him!

    Tom and Jo hook up, and I actually found their romance quite charming,has SJP ever been bad in anything? She's a really good actress andlooks great in this, and try to actually solve the murders, whichangers his uncle, played by the underrated Dennis Farina. Even thechief, a ogre of a cop played by the terrific late character actorBrion James, just wants Tom to stay quiet. His cousin Jimmy, I couldn'tbelieve that was Robert Pastorelli, the guy from "Murphy Brown" he wastotally dissolved into the part, just seems like a wise-ass, but watchhim.

    The film is well paced and nicely shot, I liked that the Ohio riverseemed smelly like in real life. Willis actually bothers to act here,though I understand he didn't like the film, and you won't see thekiller coming.

    Striking Distance is a good action flick, with an excellent cast. Itsrated "R" for profanity and violence.

  10. Lucien Lessard from Canada
    12 Aug 2014, 10:54 pm

    Detective Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) grows up in the family of cops.Hardy turns against his uncle Captain Nick Detillo (Dennis Farina),since he believes that he's protecting somewhere who's corrupted andfighting him since the death of his dedicated Lt. Vince Hardy (JohnMahoney). When Hardy's cousin Jimmy (The late Robert Pastorelli)committed suicide from jumping off a bridge. Since Hardy knew there wassomething wrong with his cousin. Since Hardy's get fired from his jobbelieving that a cop has murder womens in the streets of Pittsburgh buthe can't prove it. Months has passed, now Hardy works for the boatpatrol for the city. He's forced to work with a young by the bookofficer Jo (Sarah Jessica Parker) as his new partner. Which Hardyprefers to be alone. When Hardy is called on the crime scene to theriver to discover that the latest murders are woman, which Hardy knewbefore. Now the killer calls Hardy from his phone and he wants to playof Cat & Mouse with him. He has to find the next victim before it's toolate, while the local police especially his uncle thinks that Hardyisn't right in the head.

    Directed by Rowdy Herrington (Road House) made an watchable-thrillerthat tries to be suspenseful but overall the script is quitepredictable sadly. The identity of the villain is too easy to guess formost viewers. Since Willis' was quiet disappointed with hisexperiencing working this forgotten thriller. But it is not boring,thanks to a strong cast that includes Tom Sizemore, The late BrionJames, Andre Braugher and more that keeps this far from being boring.Willis tries to do something different with his role. But his sceneswith the character Jo slows the movie down, especially when they starta romance. It is quite unintentionally funny at times and way over thetop towards the conclusion. Herrington's previous picture "Road House"was much more fun to watch than this failed effort. "Striking Distance"is one of those films that certainly plays better on TV and fans ofWillis' work might enjoy this movie much more than others. Check yourbrain out the door before watching it. (***/*****).

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