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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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There are only two things to do in this small town. One is watching TV . . . See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ardente Sedução 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, 12 October 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,293,976
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actresses Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Connelly both perform partial nude scenes in this movie with both of them at times appearing topless. 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

Dolly Harshaw: There's only two things to do in this town. You got a TV?
Harry Madox: Nope.
Dolly Harshaw: Well then, you're down to one. Lotsa luck!
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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

Chopin's Love Theme
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra (as "101 Strings" Orchestra)
Arranged by Robert W. Lowden (as R.W. Lowder)
Courtesy of Alshire International, Inc.
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A very good Don Johnson movie and performance. Really, it is!
24 October 2001 | by korch-3See all my reviews

If you are like me, you might have turned on HBO late the other night, and thought.... "Damn, a Don Johnson movie". Luckily I gave this film a chance and found a real winner. Don's performance is not just good, but I think it is his best ever. Jennifer Connelly is just perfect in the role of the frail and beautiful girl next door. But Virginia Madsen steals the show. She is that woman you just love to hate, but just can't keep your hands off of. Just watch the flick to see what I mean.

As the credits rolled across the screen at the end, I realized that Dennis Hopper directed this "Red Rocks West" like film. No wonder I enjoyed it. I give it a solid 7 out of 10.


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