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The Hot Spot (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  26 October 1990 (USA)
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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 »

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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

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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 »

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After Harry and Dolly come out of the pond after swimming and climb to the top of the tower Dolly is shown in an open shirt and white cotton panties. After she jumps off the tower and into the sand pile she is shown nude from the waist down. See more »

Quotes

Frank Sutton: So you're a tough guy, huh?
Harry Madox: No, you're the tough guy. I'm worse.
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Soundtracks

THE STROKE
Written and Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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an all around well done movie that is 30 minutes too long.
11 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

i checked out this movie just due to the fact that it was written and directed by Dennis Hopper and had the beautiful Jennifer Connelly in it as well.

the movie has so many twists and double crossings that going into the plot would ruin the experience. but for once, a movie kept me guessing and the twists and turns were logical for once. it seems that a lot of movies nowadays throw a ton of curveballs even if it isn't necassary (Wild Things is an example.)

all of the acting is superb and Virginia Madsen is deliciously nasty and sexy but Jennifer Connelly steals the show with a great performance. ms. connelly was the perfect choice for this role in that she embodies stunning sexuality and physical perfection as well as a sweet persona that lends itself to the role perfectly. the strong doses of sex are appropriate to the plot as well.

the film's only flaw is that it is easily at least 30 minutes too long. i felt the movie should have been wrapped up a lot sooner than it was and the overlength brings it from an 8 down to a 7

still, this is well worth renting for all the performances and a genuinely well told story.

rating: 7


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