Target (1985)



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Seemingly mundane Walter Lloyd (Gene Hackman) confronts a world of espionage after his wife (Gayle Hunnicutt) is kidnapped while she vacations in France. Walter and son Chris (Matt Dillon) immediately set off to find her, and Chris soon learns that Dad is much more than he appears, being a former CIA agent and all. This suspense-thriller is from Arthur Penn, director of Bonnie and Clyde and Night Moves among others.

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Gene Hackman
as Walter Lloyd
Matt Dillon
as Chris Lloyd
Josef Sommer
as Barney Taber
Gayle Hunnicutt
as Donna Lloyd
Herbert Berghof
as Schroeder
Richard Münch
as The Colonel
Ray Fry
as Mason
Ullrich Haupt Jr.
as Older Agent
Werner Pochath
as Young Agent
Thomas Hnevsa
as squat man Henke
Ullrich Haupt Sr.
as Older Agent
Ric Krause
as Howard
Robert Liensol
as Black Man
Robert Ground
as Marine Sergeant
Jany Holt
as proprietress of Pension
Tomas Hnevsa
as Squat Man Henke
Charlotte Bailey
as Switchboard Operator
Veronique Guillaud
as Secretary at American Consulate
Jacques Mignot
as Madison Hotel Clerk
Brad Williams
as Forklift Operator
Randy Moore
as Tour Director
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Critic Reviews for Target

All Critics (7)

It's great action and gripping fun.

Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

Sep 1, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Aug 3, 2005 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jun 11, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 10, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Target


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.

Brian R
Brian R

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Why does it say this is from 2003 ? lol. This movie is pretty old.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

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

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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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
Stephen M

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