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Plot: When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with the dealer George Harshaw and settles down in a hotel room. During a fire, Harry observes... Runtime: 130 mins Release Date: 26 Oct 1990
This movie has to rate as one of the most important American films of the 90's. Dennis Hopper could be the next great American director in the 21st Century. The film was sexy without being crude. Don Johnson showed that his acting can be powerful if the right roll comes his way.Virginia Madsen steams up the show with her portral of the modern vamp.Jennifer Connelly plays it perfect with the innocent routine when she is the hottest girl in the movie. Anyone would enjoy this film on a cold night in the dead of winter with a lover on the couch next to them. A Great Watch!
An Absolute Gem (by Bledsoe-2)
Shot in and around Austin, Texas, brilliantly written and directed by Dennis Hopper and adapted from Thompson's book, Hell Hath No Fury, this is a movie buff's movie. It is probably the best performance by Don Thompson he will ever give. It's one of those movies that put everything together to achieve a "harmonic" that is very very rare. Why it didn't achieve notice and a clutch of awards is one of the mysteries of the film industry. Everything in the movie meshed perfectly, including a great score.
Awesome film noir with great characters (by ebert_jr)
This movie is just wonderful. The direction by Hopper is top shelf and the sound track, wow! Don Johnson is excellent believe it or not! as the cool guy, passing through town who later decides he can easily pull off a clever bank robbery in the face of this backwards, sleepy town. Only problem is, he can't help but get tangled up in the bizarre, twisted lives of some of the town's ladies. Virginia Madsen gives an incredibly sexy performance and Jennifer Connelly lights up the screen with her exotic beauty. I can't stress enough how well made this movie is and how damn terrific <more>
the sound track is, featuring some great blues artists and also Miles Davis one of the last recordings he worked on I believe .Please see this movie.
Good couples movie for a hot summer night (by sonomamike)
This movie has someone for everyone to like and almost everyone to hate. Between Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly, there's a romantic interest for both you and your sweetie. I've never lived in the South so I'm not sure you'd like the portrayals if you are from there, but even without the Southern setting, the deviousness and deceit are universal. After the first viewing, the plot twists may not surprise you anymore, but you'll appreciate even more how justice and irony come into play in deciding the fate of the players. Highly recommended.
Southwest trash that burns out of control (by rlcsljo)
This is classic southwest film noir/romance novel brought to life. Although the plot is the standard lets kill a cuckolded, rich husband with sex! and take off with the new handsome stranger, the heat of this film lies in its characterizations. Don Johnson is almost perfect as the handsome stranger/used car salesman/bank robber/arsonist/white knight in shining but obviously tarnished armor. Jennifer Connelly's understated desperation at her situation is almost exactly balanced by Virginia Madsen's almost over the top vixen/gold digger. Other characters add the perfect backdrop to <more>
the action Charles Martin Smith's "nose sniff" scene is absolutely classic . The twists and turns of the plot and revelations makes this movie constantly interesting.It really doesn't get much better than this--Jennifer Connelly does a rare, for her, nude scene, as does Virginia Madsen, Don Johnson, and a bevy of strippers.
An Unknown Gem and One of the Most Amoral Stories of the Cinema History (by claudio_carvalho)
When the drifter Harry Madox Don Johnson reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with the dealer George Harshaw Jerry Hardin and settles down in a hotel room. During a fire, Harry observes that the local bank is left empty and open without any security. Sooner he plots a scheme to rob the bank, provoking a fire in his room to distract the employees. When Harry meets George's wife Dolly Harshaw Virginia Madsen , the easy woman teases him and they have sex. Harry becomes the prime suspect of the bank heist and is arrested, but Dolly provided the necessary <more>
alibi to release him and blackmails him to have a love affair with her. However, Harry falls in love for Gloria Harper Jennifer Connelly , who works as accountant in the dealership. He discovers that Gloria is blackmailed by the despicable Frank Sutton William Sadler and he decides to press Sutton. But in the end, Dolly gets what she wants. "Hot Spot" is an unknown gem and one of the most amoral stories of the cinema history. With the exception of the sweet Gloria Harper and the cuckold George Harshow, the other three lead characters have no moral or ethical codes and Virginia Madsen performs one of the most despicable and Machiavellian femme fatale of the cinema. This masterpiece of Dennis Hopper is certainly the best work of Don Johnson and the soundtrack is stunning and among my favorites. I have just watched "Hot Spot" maybe for the sixth or seventh time and this film-noir has not aged. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Hot Spot – Um Local Muito Quente" "Hot Spot – A Very Hot Spot" Note: On 29 October 2011, I saw this film again.
The audience for this film stayed away because of Don Johnson. In his defense, Johnson has been in a few very good films Melanie, A Boy & His Dog , and he is very smooth and sleazy here. Fueled by a great sound-track, provided by John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis and Jack Nitzsche, this dirty edged noir evokes a Jim Thompson like feel, and is beautifully lit and shot. Dennis Hopper directed, and he did just fine. There is so little good noir in the last 30 plus years, that fans of the genre will want to see this. And if you get the chance to see it on the big screen, it is well worth it. In <more>
an era when no 'new noir' comes close to Polanski's Chinatown, this movie is way better than Body Heat or LA Confidential. It certainly looks better, and has a much rawer sensibility and texture.
A tightly crafted, sun-drenched film noir (by zeleny)
Dennis Hopper delivers the goods in this meticulously conventional tale of a charismatic underachiever finding his level. Harkening back to the gender and class warfare sensibilities of the Forties, The Hot Spot excels across the board, in acting, dialogue, plotting, music, and cinematography.
A few words of praise (by mach1ne)
This film is great. The atmosphere, heat, casting, setting, plot, you name it. Everyone in the film is sweating up to the eyeballs, constantly mopping their brows, with stains all over their clothes, looking very hot and tense indeed. The seeds for a necessary release are sown! And sure enough, the pressure reaches boiling point and everything erupts. I don't want to give too much away, nor can I be bothered writing a proper commentary but this film is BLEAK in it's honesty with respect to it's secondary/primary? plot - all ideals are shattered: romance and true? love, freedom <more>
whatever that really is and so on. Some would call this a cynical work, I'll call it realistic - Sod's Law applies as heavily in the movie as it does in real life. Go on Dennis, more of this please!!