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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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UK | New Zealand



Release Date:

October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cúmplice See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Aspect Ratio:

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


Christine Webber: Greg, you've got to get out of here. I'm terrified.
[panting for breath]
Christine Webber: For Christ's sake, please leave.
Greg Standford: If that's what you want.
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The UK video release in 1986 was cut by 14 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

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Hot but off-target
12 April 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Thin on cogent storyline, thick on gratuitous nudity (which is either a plus or a take depending on your moral barometer), "Hot Target" tells us the story of an attractive American woman (Griffeth) in an unhappy marriage of convenience to wealthy Pom (Marshall) with whom she has a young daughter, living in New Zealand. Her regular dog walks at the park attract the attention of an American stranger (Marachuk) who proceeds to seduce Griffeth into a torrid affair that ultimately leads to murder and financial gain.

It's a tired formula given a soft-porn treatment, Griffeth's ample full frontal nudity guarantees the R-rating and is sure to set pulses racing. Marachuk gets in on the act a few times in less detail, but seems to benefit from the situation nicely. It's good to be an actor. Marachuk might be familiar from "Piranha II", while Griffeth has an exploitation film career as long as her legs. Strangely, Marachuk doesn't seem to have any more credits to his name after this film? Marshall is dependable but not nearly as objectionable as he should be to evoke Griffeth's infidelity, and if you blink, you'll miss fellow ex-pat Pom Terence Cooper in a bit part.

The film meanders aimlessly from one opportunistic bump 'n grind to the next - in the woodlands beside a cricket match, at a 'borrowed' apartment, on the billiard table - but does pick-up for the final thirty minutes. Then, just as the plot thickens and things get interesting, the film decides to end prematurely, leaving a gaping plot hole and wasted potential in its wake. When a half-dozen climaxes doesn't result in a satisfying ending, clearly, you're doing it wrong.

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