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


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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Hot Spot  »

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$1,293,976 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Actors Sam Shepard and Anne Archer were originally going to play the lead roles of Harry Madox and Dolly Harshaw which in the end were cast with actors Don Johnson and Virginia Madsen respectively. 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 »


Frank Sutton: So you're a tough guy, huh?
Harry Madox: No, you're the tough guy. I'm worse.
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Referenced in Scrubs: My Occurrence (2002) See more »


Written and Performed by Scott Wilk
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A very good Don Johnson movie and performance. Really, it is!
24 October 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See 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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