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The Hot Spot

The Hot Spot

Released Feb 28th, 1991
Running Time 120
Director Dennis Hopper
Company Orion Home Video
Cast Don Johnson, Jennifer Connolly, Virginia Madsen, Charles Martin Smith
Critical Rating Not Yet Rated
Genre Alternative



The heat is turned up in this sleazy, seedy film noir that plays like Body Heat gone bonkers.

Don Johnson plays a loner who drifts into a small Texas town, takes a job as a used car dealer and swiftly turns the place on its ear. Without any hesitation, Johnson is plotting to rob the town’s only bank, and tumbling in and out of bed with his boss’ sexually frustrated, hot blooded wife (played by the usually undressed or in-lingerie Virginia Madsen).

Femme fatale Madsen wants the hunky Johnson for her very own and is willing to murder to get him. But Johnson has his signs on true love in the guise of beautiful, virginal (we think at first) Jennifer Connolly, a young woman with a secret.

Since this is old-fashioned “film noir” presented in a new fangled way, doom looms throughout. And director Hopper doesn’t hold back in updating this tangled tale with rather explicit sexual scenes. With her red hair, breasty body and kinky maneuvers, Madsen is a kitten with dirty quips. The stoic, stubbled Johnson should please the gals with his smooth, macho style. The real surprise here is Connolly, who doffs her clothes in a gauzily-shot fantasy sequence in which her dark secret is revealed. This raven-haired stunner, seen in Labyrinth and Some Girls is a pure and natural beauty, ravishingly structured. Keep your finger on the “still frame” control for this scene. Sizzling t & a fare, sleazy enough to keep people riveted to the screen.

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