MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,363 this week

The Hot Spot (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  26 October 1990 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 6,945 users   Metascore: 56/100
Reviews: 63 user | 36 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

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... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Jul 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 14 Mar 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Hot Spot" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hot Spot (1990)

The Hot Spot (1990) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hot Spot.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the ... See full summary »

Director: Betty Kaplan
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connelly, Stefania Sandrelli
Some Girls (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Michael, a college student, visits his girlfriend Gabriella and her family for Christmas in Canada. When he gets there, she tells him that she doesn't love him any more. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Natalie Becker, a beautiful A-student, is staying home alone Together and apart, the three 15-year-olds learn much about life, maturity, and love.

Director: Linda Feferman
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Josie, the daughter of the town's wealthiest businessman, faces problems at home and wishes to leave home, but is disorientated. Her decision is finalized after she falls asleep in a Target... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Gordon
Stars: Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney
Far Harbor (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of seven young people spend a weekend in the home of a wealthy yuppie on Long Island and live out their problems.

Director: John Huddles
Stars: Edward Atterton, Jennifer Connelly, Dan Futterman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly
The Heart of Justice (TV Movie 1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

David Leader investigates a seemingly senseless murder, and in the course of it is drawn into the labyrinth of a sinisterly unique wealthy family. The family seems to revolve around its own... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Vincent Price, Dennis Hopper, Paul Teschke
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young girl whose father is an ex-convict biker and whose mother is a junkie has a difficult time coping with her parents' problems.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell
Chasers (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A hapless Navy grunt is assigned SP duty. The catch : he must escort a beautiful female prisoner on her way to prison for going UA. She in turn will try anything to escape.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Tom Berenger, Erika Eleniak, William McNamara
Étoile (1989)
Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An American ballerina arrives in Hungary to enroll in a ballet school and it soon becomes apparent that things are not what they seem.

Director: Peter Del Monte
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery, Laurent Terzieff
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
George Harshaw
...
Sheriff
...
Deputy Tate
...
Virgil Frye ...
Deputy Buck
John Hawker ...
Uncle Mort
Margaret Bowman ...
Woman at Gas Station
Debra Cole ...
Irene Davey
Karen Culley ...
Cowgirl
Cody Haynes ...
Cowboy
Edit

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. Sooner 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 provided the necessary alibi to release him and blackmails him to have a love affair with her. However, Harry falls in love for Gloria Harper, who works as accountant in the dealership. He discovers that Gloria is blackmailed by the despicable Frank Sutton and he decides to press Sutton. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Spot  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,293,976 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis Hopper, at the time of the film's release, blamed stars Don Johnson and Virginia Madsen for the poor box office performance of the film. Hopper said of Johnson: "He says he's not going to do anything for this picture until he reads the reviews." Johnson claimed he was so busy shooting Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) with Mickey Rourke that he did not have time to promote "The Hot Spot". Madsen, Hopper explained, was "very embarrassed" by her amount of on-screen nudity. 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!
See more »


Soundtracks

AURA LEE
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra (as "101 Strings" Orchestra)
Arranged by Al Sherman
Courtesy of Alshire International, Inc. c/o Original Sound Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Steamy Masterpeice
1 August 2000 | by (Nutley USA) – See all my reviews

This movie has to rate as one of the most important American films of the 90's. Dennis Hopper could be the next great American director in the 21st Century. The film was sexy without being crude. Don Johnson showed that his acting can be powerful if the right roll comes his way.Virginia Madsen steams up the show with her portral of the modern vamp.Jennifer Connelly plays it perfect with the innocent routine when she is the hottest girl in the movie. Anyone would enjoy this film on a cold night in the dead of winter with a lover on the couch next to them. A Great Watch!


37 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What Was Going on with the Sisters?? wmm575
6.3? That is *beep* crime ebert_jr
Gloria and Sutton kansascity
true? OliveNoise
Questions on the Hot Spot movie matthewmarsh79
filming locations? itszombietime
Discuss The Hot Spot (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?