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Striking Distance

Striking Distance
Starring:
Bruce Willis, John Mahoney, Dennis Farina and Sarah Jessica Parker


Rated: R for obscenities and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 17, 1993 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Bruce Willis is back in the action saddle again. He plays Tom Hardy, another cop who has trouble following orders.

The opening chase scene has Hardy, his policeman father, played by John Mahoney, and a slew of cruisers speeding through Pittsburgh streets after the Polish Hills Strangler, a serial murderer. The pursuit ends with Tom's father being killed and the suspect escaping.

The police later arrest a guy whom Hardy thinks is jus a patsy. When he starts making noises to the media that there's a police coverup, he is pressured into leaving the force by the police chief (Dennis Farina).

Hard drinking and hard to get along with, Tom takes his bad attitude to his new job as River Rescuer on the Ohio River. Sarah Jessica Parker (Honeymoon in Vegas) is his new partner, a very unpopular position among his fellow workers. Especially when bodies of dead women end up floating in the river and Tom believes it's the Strangler again and stars his own investigation.

Parker gets the thankless job of being the token female among a bunch of foul-mouthed, foul-tempered guys. Willis, with his usual stubble and grimace makes a good action anti-hero, but he could have used more help from the sometimes choppy script.

The action scenes are exciting and well directed, but there are some disappointing moments story-wise. Some scenes are written entirely to set up an action sequence with no real connection to the storyline. But, Willis or action fans will still find this a satisfying night out.

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