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Target (1985)

When American Donna Lloyd is kidnapped during a trip to Europe, her son Chris and her husband Walter start searching for her.

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Arthur Penn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Walter Lloyd / Duncan (Duke) Potter
Matt Dillon ... Chris Lloyd / Derek Potter
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Donna Lloyd
Randy Moore Randy Moore ... Tour Director
Ilona Grübel ... Carla (as Ilona Grubel)
Tomas Hnevsa Tomas Hnevsa ... Henke
Jean-Pol Dubois Jean-Pol Dubois ... Glasses
Robert Ground Robert Ground ... Marine Sergeant
Véronique Guillaud Véronique Guillaud ... Secretary American Consulate
Charlotte Bailey Charlotte Bailey ... Receptionist
James Selby James Selby ... Ross
Ray Fry Ray Fry ... Mason
Josef Sommer ... Taber
Jacques Mignot Jacques Mignot ... Madison Hotel Clerk
Robert Liensol Robert Liensol ... Cafe Vendor
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Storyline

Chris Lloyd does NOT get along with his father Walter. Walter is too careful, cautious, and boring to Chris, and never tries anything new, and Chris had to live by the same standards when he was growing up. But when his mother is kidnapped while in Europe, to Chris's confusion, Walter suddenly turns into a man of action. Just who is his father anyway. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The game of espionage is played by a strict code: an agent's family is never to be touched, no exceptions. Now that code has been broken See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Target - Entführt in Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,670,522, 10 November 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,023,199, 31 December 1985
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Third and final collaboration between actor Gene Hackman and director Arthur Penn. The others were Night Moves (1975) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967). See more »

Goofs

When Chris leaves the US embassy in Berlin, he takes a mercedes cab. He does not change cabs but the used cars change several times and one of them has even French registration plates. See more »

Quotes

Walter Lloyd: They gave us new papers, new jobs, new names. The works... everything.
Chris Lloyd: New names?
Walter Lloyd: Yeha.
Chris Lloyd: Oh, Oh. Wait a minute. We were at the hotel and Taber asked you, "What name?" This is not my name? What's my name?
Walter Lloyd: Derek, Derek Potter. I'm Duncan. This is where the "Duke" comes from.
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Featured in Arthur Penn (1995) See more »

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Misses the bullseye
24 August 2001 | by GeofbobSee all my reviews

The concentration on character and family values in Arthur Penn's spy thriller ought to make it a better, more intelligent movie, but somehow it doesn't work. Gene Hackman is an ex-CIA spy who's been "in from the cold" for 15 years. But now his wife has been kidnapped in Paris, and he has to get back into top gear in order to retrieve her. He also has to tell the truth about his past to his 18 year old son (Matt Dillon), who hitherto has thought his dad as much a man of action as Mr Magoo. There are all the contrivances we expect in this genre of film - repeated attempts on Hackman's life; car chases; femmes fatales; CIA agents who might be working for the other side; etc, etc. But little tension is developed, and first the recriminations and then the bonding between Hackman and Dillon simply slow the action down. I found the climax a tad ludicrous, but by that time didn't care much.


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