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The Hot Spot (1990)

aka The Hot Spot

"Safe is never sex. It's dangerous."

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Details: 130 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Harry Madox
Small Dolly Harshaw
Small Gloria Harper
Small Lon Gulick
Small Frank Sutton
Small George Harshaw
Small Sheriff
Small Deputy Tate
Small Julian Ward
No_movie_poster Deputy Buck
No_movie_poster Uncle Mort
No_movie_poster Woman at Gas Station
No_movie_poster Irene Davey
No_movie_poster Cowgirl
No_movie_poster Cowboy


Small Dennis Hopper Director
No_movie_poster Ueli Steiger Cinematography
No_movie_poster Jack Nitzsche Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Paul Lewis Producer
No_movie_poster Charles Williams Screenplay
No_movie_poster Nona Tyson Screenplay


"Safe is never sex. It's dangerous."


Drifter Harry Madox takes a job as a used car salesman in a small Texas town. In the summer heat, he develops an interest in two women, one who works at the car dealership and another who is married to its owner.

Gloria Harper is a young, 19 year old girl with a secret. It somehow involves a sleazy local man named Frank Sutton who appears to have some hold on her.

Dolly Harshaw is a seductive, anything-goes femme fatale married to George Harshaw, the car dealer. She keeps a gun handy and likes to have sex in unusual, dangerous ways.

Harry carries on with both while looking for an opportunity to rob the local bank.

It ultimately is revealed that Sutton has nude photographs of Gloria, taken from a distance at a remote lakeside setting. Harry lies in wait for Sutton one night and viciously beats him.

Dolly begins to see Harry as her ticket to better things. When she coaxes her husband into bed, it is only to bring George's weak heart to a fatal end.

A sheriff arrests Harry, suspecting him in the bank job, but cannot prove it. Harry decides to leave town with Gloria by his side, but Dolly puts an end to that by revealing to Gloria everything else Harry has been doing in town, including her.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1990-10-26 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-06-13