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The Hot Spot (1990)

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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.

Director:

Dennis Hopper

Writers:

Charles Williams (book), Nona Tyson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Harry Madox
Virginia Madsen ... Dolly Harshaw
Jennifer Connelly ... Gloria Harper
Charles Martin Smith ... Lon Gulick
William Sadler ... Frank Sutton
Jerry Hardin ... George Harshaw
Barry Corbin ... Sheriff
Leon Rippy ... Deputy Tate
Jack Nance ... Julian Ward
Virgil Frye ... Deputy Buck
John Hawker John Hawker ... Uncle Mort
Margaret Bowman ... Woman at Gas Station
Debra Cole Debra Cole ... Irene Davey
Karen Culley Karen Culley ... Cowgirl
Cody Haynes Cody Haynes ... Cowboy
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Storyline

When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with the dealer George Harshaw and settles down in a hotel room. During a fire, Harry observes that the local bank is left empty and open without any security. Soon he plots a scheme to rob the bank, provoking a fire in his room to distract the employees. When Harry meets George's wife Dolly Harshaw, the easy woman teases him and they have sex. Harry becomes the prime suspect of the bank heist and is arrested, but Dolly provides the necessary alibi to release him and then blackmails him into having a love affair with her. However, Harry falls in love with Gloria Harper, who works as an accountant at the dealership. He discovers that Gloria is being blackmailed by the despicable Frank Sutton, and he decides to press Sutton. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Film Noir Like You've Never Seen. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hot Spot See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,188, 14 October 1990

Gross USA:

$1,293,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,293,976
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Don Johnson waited "until he read the reviews" before he would speak about the picture according to Dennis Hopper in a 12th November 1990 interview with 'People' magazine entitled "With a New Wife, Son and Movie Uneasy Rider Dennis Hopper Hopes to Find the Hot Spot Back on Top". See more »

Goofs

After Harry shoots Frank, the pistol's slider is seen stuck at the rear position indicating an empty magazine. Yet a second later when Harry gets off the floor, the slider is in the forward position and the hammer is cocked. See more »

Quotes

[after having sex in a car lot]
Dolly Harshaw: That was more fun than eating cotton-candy barefoot.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by the BBFC by 5 secs to remove a brief shot from the building of an incendiary device, as the details shown (matches, an alarm clock etc) were considered to be a dangerous imitable technique. The 2003 DVD release features the same cut print. See more »


Soundtracks

You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You
Performed by Roosevelt Williams (as Roosevelt Williams, The Grey Ghost)
Written by Russ Morgan (as R. Morgan), Larry Stock (as L. Stock), James Cavanaugh (as J. Cavanaugh)
Courtesy of Catfish Records
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A few words of praise
29 July 2003 | by mach1neSee all my reviews

This film is great. The atmosphere, heat, casting, setting, plot, you name it. Everyone in the film is sweating up to the eyeballs, constantly mopping their brows, with stains all over their clothes, looking very hot and tense indeed. The seeds for a necessary release are sown! And sure enough, the pressure reaches boiling point and everything erupts. I don't want to give too much away, nor can I be bothered writing a proper commentary but this film is BLEAK in it's honesty with respect to it's (secondary/primary?) plot - all ideals are shattered: romance and (true?) love, freedom (whatever that really is) and so on. Some would call this a cynical work, I'll call it realistic - Sod's Law applies as heavily in the movie as it does in real life. Go on Dennis, more of this please!!


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