Target (1985)




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Movie Info

A businessman and his son are thrust into international intrigue and adventure when their wife/mother is kidnapped while she's vacationing in Paris.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jim Makichuk, Don Petersen, Howard Berk, Ronald Bass, Leonard B. Stern
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On DVD: Jul 13, 2004
LionsGate Entertainment



as Walter Lloyd

as Chris Lloyd

as Barney Taber

as Donna Lloyd

as Schroeder

as The Colonel

as Mason

as Young Agent

as Older Agent

as squat man Henke

as Older Agent

as Howard

as Black Man

as proprietress of Pens...

as Marine Sergeant

as Squat Man Henke

as Switchboard Operator

as Secretary at America...

as Madison Hotel Clerk

as Forklift Operator

as Tour Director

as Charlie Snow

as Donovan

as Lisa Snow

as Yevon Bodnar

as Sam Snow

as Miss Demmings

as Homeless Vet

as 13-Year-Old Girl

as Cell Phone Woman

as Debriefer

as Lendl Bodnar

as Female Agent

as Security Guard

as Leather Jacket

as Cafe Girl

as Officer D'Angelo

as Teenaged Boy

as School Principal

as Fatigues

as Groundman
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Critic Reviews for Target

All Critics (7)

It's great action and gripping fun.

| October 7, 2005

The plot creaks along and nothing Penn does can align it.

Full Review… | September 1, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Laughing at this stuff isn't good for the soul.

Full Review… | August 3, 2005
Film Freak Central

Pure cable flick stuff all the way, only with the added power of Hackman! (And his sidekick Dillonlad!)

Full Review… | June 11, 2005

...[an] engaging and intriguing little thriller.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
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November 30, 2007

Audience Reviews for Target

i found it slow and boring turned it of about half hour into it!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


A generally underappreciated thriller, which is a bit like a cross between "True Lies" and "Frantic". Gene Hackman plays a former CIA agent whose past catches up with him when his wife is kidnapped in Paris. Heretofore dismissed as a boring old fart by his teenage son (Matt Dillon), Hackman's exotic past and unsuspected resourcefulness are revealed as they strive to get their loved one back. Yes, it's a bit silly and the plot is alternately predictable and puzzling, so that I was repeatedly either two steps ahead or completely baffled, but the film is lifted by the quality of its performances and its superb use of locations. Dillon delivers a winning blend of surly rebelliousness and vulnerability, and Hackman is extraordinary, lending complexity and credibility to a character who could so easily have seemed ridiculous, in lesser hands. The genuine tenderness of Dillon and Hackman's father-son relationship is highly unusual, giving "Target" a distinctive flavour, unlike that of any other movie I can think of. It isn't another "Night Moves", but it's better than you might expect.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer


Not one of Arthur Penn's best. I'm not sure if it was the director's goal to make this feel like "The French Connection" or "Bullet" but "Target" doesn't hit the bullseye and fails on every level. Not good.

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