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
Safe is never sex. It's dangerous.
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Did You Know?
Star Don Johnson
said of this film in a 2014 interview with the 'A.V. Club': "Oh, I loved [my character] Harry Madox. An amoral drifter. That was sort of one of the modern noir films. Dennis Hopper
directed, and I'll tell you a story that not a lot of people know. Mike Figgis
had written a script called The Hot Spot, and it was a heist movie. Three days before we started shooting, Dennis Hopper
came to all of us, he called a meeting on a Sunday, and he said, 'Okay, we're not making that script. We're making this one.' And he passed a script around the table that had been written for 'Robert Mitchum' in the '60s... or maybe it was the '50s... and it was based on a book called Hell Hath No Fury. And that was the movie that we ended up making. This was three days before we started shooting! So he was kind of looking around the table at everybody and saying, "Well, you know, if Don Johnson
bails, we don't have a movie." [Laughs.] And I read the script, and I said, 'Wow!' I mean, the Figgis script was really slick and cool, and it was a heist movie, but this was real noir, the guy was an amoral drifter, and it was all about how women were going to take him down." See more
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
There's only two things to do in this town. You got a TV?
Well then, you're down to one. Lotsa luck!
ANGEL WITH A LARIAT
Performed by k.d. lang
and the reclines
Written by k.d. lang
Courtesy of Sire Records
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