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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.

Director:

Dennis C. Lewiston

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Griffeth ... Christine Webber
Steve Marachuk ... Greg Standford
Bryan Marshall ... Clive Webber
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Detective Inspector Nolan
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Suzanne Maxwell
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cúmplice See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Quotes

Christine Webber: How long have you been a criminal?
Greg Standford: How long have you been a bored, rich wife?
Christine Webber: Such a waste. You're obviously capable of doing a hundred other things.
Greg Standford: Probably. See those trees?
Christine Webber: Yes...?
Greg Standford: I want you to go up there.
Christine Webber: No! It's thronging with people.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video release in 1986 was cut by 14 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

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Modern day film noir
24 November 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

HOT TARGET is a UK/New Zealand co-production masquerading as an American thriller, although the British accents in the cast and the surroundings will make the viewer soon realise we're not in Kansas anymore, so to speak. This one's a forgotten addition to the short run of revamped film noirs that were popular in the 1980s following on from the success of the POSTMAN RINGS TWICE remake and BODY HEAT.

This was put out by Crown International Pictures, so is chock full of nudity and sex scenes used to pad out the running time, as you'd expect from the studio. The characters are thinly-drawn and rather unlikeable, even though there are familiar faces in the cast list, notably the lead Simone Griffeth who was in the B-movie favourite DEATH RACE 2000. The whole of the production has a tired and overly familiar feel to it and the many and involved thriller elements don't really hold your attention, despite all the twists. It's just too cheap for that.


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