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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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Nothing exciting ever happened in Chris' family. But within 48 hours, his mother will be kidnapped, His father will be forced to reveal a secret past and he will find himself at the center of an adventure he never dreamed could happen to him. [US Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Herbert Berghof. See more »

Goofs

Chris changes his mind and boards the Berlin plane instead of the Frankfurt plane without rebooking his ticket. See more »

Quotes

Walter Lloyd: [to Mason] If you love Jesus, honk your horn.
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Lost In Love
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average thriller
18 April 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From 1985: "Target," directed by Arthur Penn, stars Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon as father and son.

"Target" concerns the abduction of Walter Lloyd's (Hackman) wife while she is in France with a tour group. Lloyd understands the implications immediately, but his son Chris (Matt Dillon) doesn't: Someone is after Lloyd, or information in his possession. Father and son leave immediately for Europe to find her. There, Chris learns information about his father that he never knew. And that's all I can say without giving the game away - which, if you've seen a lot of these films, is pretty apparent.

The problem with "Target" is in the beginning of the film, which has a TV-movie feel to it. Plus, despite locations in Paris and Germany later on, the beginning has a cheap feel to it due to the music and credits, not to mention some trite dialogue and the usual "try to get to know your son while I'm away" speech. It's a bad set-up.

Gene Hackman is terrific as Walter, and Matt Dillon is fine as his son. The standout performance, in my opinion, is by the great acting guru and Broadway star Herbert Berghof in a rare film appearance toward the end of the movie. There are some excellent European actors as well, including the Russian actress Viktoriya Fyodorova.

If not for the beginning, which threw me off, this would have been a better film.


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