Hopper’s Pulp Fiction: “The Hot Spot”

Dennis Hopper‘s The Hot Spot is a lurid sex ‘n’ violence medley from 1990.

Its pulp story is second-rate with its mad, insatiable Virginia Madsen character and excessively defeated blackmailer (William Sadler).  Hopper wants us to have a good time, however, primarily through scenes of nudity, so it’s a pretty low enterprise.  It would be, anyway, even if the utterly enticing yet innocent looks of Jennifer Connelly call for a favorable comment.  Even so, she and Madsen are certifiably limited here as actors, and Don Johnson is miscast as a smart, greedy drifter-thief.  Hopper may have been a bit corrupted by playing in Blue Velvet.

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