It was released on May 17, 1984.
Tropes for the film:
- Feet-First Introduction: The killer is first shown via his trainers as he stalks a woman. She's aware that someone is following her, but runs into a uniformed police officer who escorts her home safely. The camera than tracks down to show the police officer is wearing the killer's trainers.
- Innocent Awkward Question: While driving with his two daughters, young Penny Block inquires, "Daddy, what's a hard on?" Cue Eastwood doing a Spit Take into the windshield. The situation is made worse by Penny's older sister, Amanda, giggling mercilessly at her father's discomfort.
- One-Word Title: Tightrope.
- Right Behind Me: Det. Block is trying to avoid rape victim advocate Beryl.Uniformed Officer: Beryl Thibodeaux from the rape something or other wants to see you.
Block: Where is she?
Officer: In the reception room.
Block: Tell her I'm out.
Officer: I did. She said she'd wait.
Block: Good. Tell her I'm out of town.
[Wes turns around and sees Beryl standing there; she gives a sarcastic grin]
Beryl: Welcome back.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The film was inspired by the Bay Area Rapist, who had been terrorizing the San Francisco Bay Area for much of the previous ten years.
- Spit Take: When Block is driving his daughters to school, the youngest asks out of the blue: "Dad, what's a hard-on?"... leading to Block and his eldest daughter spewing their soft drinks onto the windscreen
- Suspect Is Hatless:Max: The killer's a Caucasian, blood type O... about in his mid-40s. We found traces of a red fiber on all the victims.
Woman: From what?
Max: We don't know.
Woman: Any suspects?
Max: About 120,000 of them.
Woman: Anything you'd like me to tell the mayor?
Max: Yeah. He's one of them.
- Welcome to the Big City: Det. Block tells of how he fell in love with New Orleans from the moment he first arrived carrying all his belongings in a suitcase. His Love Interest asks if he ever reconsidered this. He says, "Yes, when I looked down and saw my suitcase was missing."