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Hot Target (1985)

Wife of successful NZ businessman is seduced by fellow American after "chance" meeting in park. However, Greg has more than love-making with the beautiful Christine in mind.


Dennis C. Lewiston


Dennis C. Lewiston (as Dennis Lewiston), Gerry O'Hara (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Griffeth ... Christine Webber
Steve Marachuk ... Greg Standford
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Clive Webber
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Detective Inspector Nolan
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Suzanne Maxwell
Ray Henwood Ray Henwood ... Douglas Maxwell
John Watson John Watson ... Benjamin
Renee Johansen Renee Johansen ... Sandy Webber
Elizabeth McRae Elizabeth McRae ... Mrs. Harris
Vivian Laube Vivian Laube ... Nanny
Frank Whitten ... Apartment owner
Karl Bradley Karl Bradley ... Detective Bremer
Arthur Wright Arthur Wright ... Detective Henson
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Carmichael
William Kircher ... Pearson


Wife of successful NZ businessman is seduced by fellow American after "chance" meeting in park. However, Greg has more than love-making with the beautiful Christine in mind. Written by Anonymous

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A seduction for money. A murder for lust. See more »


Crime | Thriller


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New Zealand | UK



Release Date:

October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cúmplice See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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1.85 : 1
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Did not receive a theatrical release in its native New Zealand See more »


Christine Webber: [after he lits her cigarette] Thank you.
[exhales smoke, regards his disdain]
Christine Webber: Why do you stay with us, Ben?
[no answer]
Christine Webber: Ever the silent Doberman.
Christine Webber: You don't like me, do you?
Benjamin: My likes and dislikes are of no consequence. I'm employed by Mr. Webber. I answer to him and to him alone.
Christine Webber: [as he walks off contemptuously] Such loyalty.
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The UK video release in 1986 was cut by 14 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

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Not on target
13 April 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Hot Target" comes with several interesting aspects attached to it. For starters, it seems to be an attempt to be a modern day film noir, inspired by films like "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" though having "R" rated elements like nudity and sex. It's also interesting that this film's focus is on the woman, instead of the man. As well, it's interesting that this time around the movie is not American, and is instead an English/New Zealand co-production and set in New Zealand (not England, as some previous user comments have stated.) No doubt this movie had the potential to be entertainingly different, though the actual execution makes it anything but. For starters, while this was made for theaters, it sure doesn't look like it - it has a cheap British made-for-TV feel throughout, and the music score also has this feeling. Second, in several aspects the movie's plot is too close for its own good to another modern day film noir ("Body Heat"). But what really sinks the movie is its weak tone - it never comes across as terribly sexy, terribly tense, or terribly mysterious. And it's capped with an ending that's far from satisfying and raises questions that are never answered. Apparently these filmmakers didn't look carefully at past film noirs to know that you don't just need certain elements - they have to also be well executed.

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