New York Times - 08/17/1984
"...A suspenseful, involving detective drama with one of the screen's most durable tough-guy heroes, doing what he does best and still managing to show something new."
Variety - 08/15/1984
"...[The] action is well-handled, as Tuggle demonstrates ample storytelling talent and draws a multitude of nuances from his cast..."
Film Comment - 09/01/2003
"...A modestly enjoyable policier and also the most daringly underlit Eastwood film ever made..."
Rolling Stone - 10/02/2003
"...Here's one of Clint Eastwood's least-known films and also one of his best..."
As he comes closer to apprehending a vicious killer, a police detective slowly realizes that he has much in common with the man he is hunting. A top-notch thriller.
Clint Eastwood stars in this psychological thriller about a divorced New Orleans homicide detective whose use of handcuffs extends beyond the line of duty. Wes Block is a good father to his two young daughters, but since his wife left him he has turned to prostitutes with whom he indulges his growing taste for S&M and other kinky sexual practices. When he is assigned to a case involving the brutal slayings of a series of prostitutes and sex workers in New Orleans' red light district, Wes finds his personal and professional life merging in an increasingly disturbing manner.
Filmed in Technicolor and Panavision on location in New Orleans, Louisiana. Completed shooting March 1984. Premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival August 16, 1984. Released in USA August 17, 1984.
Director Richard Tuggle wrote the screenplay "Escape from Alcatraz" for Clint Eastwood.
Alison Eastwood, who plays Amanda Block in the film, is Clint Eastwood's real-life daughter. She was 12-years old at the time the film was shot.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.