The Hot Spot (1990)

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


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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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,293,976 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Reportedly, director Dennis Hopper started work on this picture about just five days after his wedding to Katherine LaNasa. The couple were divorced in 1992. 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 »


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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Written and Performed by Terry De Rouen
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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!

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