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The Hot Spot

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Released 1990

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The Hot Spot

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Director:
Dennis Hopper
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
The Hot Spot follows handsome drifter Harry Madox (Don Johnson), who is plotting an elaborate bank heist in a small Texas town. To pay the bills while he prepares, Harry works at a used-car lot, where he starts a hot affair with the boss' slutty wife (Virginia Madsen). But he also has his eye on a shapely secretary (Jennifer Connelly) whose virginal facade hides a dark secret. This 1990 thriller is based on Charles Williams' book Hell Hath No Fury.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secr...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Only movie lovers who have marinated their imaginations in the great B movies from RKO and Republic will recognize The Hot Spot as a superior work in an old tradition - as a manipu...

  • 50

    Entertainment Weekly

    It's also supposed to be atmospheric, noirish, and touched with nihilism. But the director, Hollywood bad boy Dennis Hopper, lays it all on so thick that the film verges on self-pa...

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    Drama

    Themes

    Thrillers, 90s, Adult, Psychological