As a bonus feature, “City Heat” is being included on the site. I was invited to participate in a pod cast with Todd from Forgotten Films. He has hosted the 1984 Blogathon all week long, if you have not been there to read the work of a hundred bloggers or so, you are missing out. We had a nice discussion of this film, the only one that features the two biggest box office stars of the 70s and 80s together. Click on the poster and it will link you to the podcast page where you can download our conversation.
When people hear the name of Clint Eastwood, there are usually two images that pop into their heads. He is the stoic police detective with a big gun, pursuing justice in whatever form, or he is an avenging cowboy, sometimes a crook sometimes a hero but always dangerous. Even after directing films well out of both genres and not appearing in one for a dozen years, those images will remain. Between 1971 and 1988 he played Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan five times. During that period he played a cop in three other movies including a lampoon of himself in “City Heat”. As Detective Wes Block in the movie “Tightrope” Eastwood goes in a very different direction than all the other cops he has played.
Block is investigating a series of homicides that are connected to the underground sex trade in the New Orleans area. This is a problem for him because after his wife left him, Block has turned to that world for sexual release and some power over women, the same characteristics that seem to be driving the killer. He has to face his own demons and try to understand the nature of a man who humiliates women in an attempt to stop him.