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Target (1985)

Gene Hackman , Matt Dillon , Arthur Penn  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon, Gayle Hunnicutt, Randy Moore, Ilona Grübel
  • Directors: Arthur Penn
  • Writers: Don Petersen, Howard Berk, Leonard Stern
  • Producers: Bernard Sofronski, David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008KLVAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Target" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

In TARGET, Chris Lloyd (Dillon) does NOT get along with his father Walter. Walter is too careful, cautious, and boring to Chris, and never tries anything new, and Chris had to live by the same standards when he was growing up. But when his mother is kidnapped while in Europe, to Chris's confusion, Walter suddenly turns into a man of action and springs to life.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun flick December 22, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
gene hackman and josef sommer are pros and bring the other amateurs along for the ride in fine style. almost campy, but suspenseful and entertaining at the same time. The theme of "dad is a boring twit, oops, he is speaks three languages, kicks [...], and handles a gun and a car like a CIA grandmaster", is terrific ego boost for old fathers. I only logged on to buy a dvd copy. unbelievable that it is not released in that format.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies June 3, 2007
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Ever since this movie came out, it has been one of my favorites. I watch it once a year or so, and enjoy it each time. This is an action/suspense movie with spy elements as well. The balance between action and suspense scenes is just right and the interaction between the father (Gene Hackman) and son (Matt Dillon) is very entertaining along the way - the son finds out the father isn't such an old fuddy-duddy after all!

The movie does start out pretty slowly, but the beginning does a good job of introducing the main characters and sets up the tense yet humorous relationship between father and son.

The plot of the movie is very good except that the ending, while being exciting and suspenseful, is a bit contrived (a little suspension of disbelief is needed here). The acting, with the exception of a couple minor characters, is also top-notch. The characters are believable and seem natural.

Finally, I'd just like to mention that this movie has a couple of great car chases that are a blast to watch, and seem plausible, unlike some movies where the chase scenes are totally unrealistic. Plus the fact that they are in Europe, with European vehicles makes them feel different than the standard fare.

The DVD itself has no special features, but the price is right. The video and audio quality are good (typical 80's movie quality), and are better than my laserdisc copy and much better than my old VHS copy. However, they did leave in the film change markers; so you have been warned if that bothers you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Target - Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon August 5, 2006
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Overall a good film with just enough action and intrigue to keep you interested. Good points: gives those of us who fought in the "Cold War" a look back at the days of the Berlin Wall, East Germany, and the cat and mouse games where no one could be trusted. Bad points: the ending seems disjointed, rushed, and leaves more questions than answers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKE G.HACKMAN YOU MUST TARGET THIS MOVIE March 19, 2007
Format:DVD
Gene Hackman is one of my favorite actors, and he doesn't let me down on this one. Actually, I think this is one of his best films. He sounds pretty natural speaking several European languages as if he's always spoke them. There's great action in the movie, great intrigue, and suspense. I love the European setting as well. The movie progresses with a crescendo intensity towards climax. I stole this movie from my cousin and kept looking for the DVD until I found it in Amazon, and here it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping the generation gap May 25, 2014
By drbenkc
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If you are at all self-conscious about appearing to be a frumpy, irrelevant anachronism to your clueless teenage or slightly older offspring, you will get no small satisfaction out of the change in perception that occurs in this film. It also allows for the > 45 yr old viewer to indulge in an odd nostalgia as you are reimmersed in the international tensions and intrigues of the Cold War from what is now a bygone era. And it is a very decent suspense/action film that would only disappoint one looking for the fun, campiness, and hypertech of a James Bond Cold war adventure. It will come as no surprise for most movie buffs that Gene Hackman is perfect for yet another role. A young Matt Dillon and the rest of the crew pull their weight as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class suspence May 13, 2013
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To my regret this movie has not been sold in Japan with Japanese translation, therefore I cant understand 100% the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Target March 8, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a competent spy thriller that nevertheless does not thrill me all that much when I watch it. The music is bad, and is it just me, or does this film feel more like a late70's film than something from the mid 80's?

Anyway, I've started with the off-the-wall nitpicking before giving you the gist of the plot. When an American woman goes missing while playing tourist in Paris, her husband and son team up--despite their differences--to find her. What the son, played by Matt Dillon, doesn't know is that his father used to work for the CIA and may have a piece of his violent past coming back to haunt him. The father, Duke (Gene Hackman), fears a kidnapping right away, and tries to make contact with some of his former superiors for assistance. Before that, while arriving at the airport, Duke is approached by someone with sinister evidence that his wife has indeed been snatched, while someone else suddenly starts shooting. All of this while the son, Chris, has wandered off to flirt with a beautiful girl.

The sudden outbreak of violence at the airport--along with the mystery of why there seem to be two parties linked to the wife's disappearance, one wanting to intimidate and negotiate while the other is overly trigger-happy, within minutes of the plane touching down--accomplishes a lot. It shows that the movie will have some fast action and surprises. It allows us to see how Duke will handle himself in a tricky situation, hemmed in by multiple threats. And it makes it clear that all is not as it seems. A good spy thriller always has layers of complexity to be peeled back, and right from the get-go there is suspense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I saw this movie at the theater when it came out. My 17 year-old daughter loves anything CIA. I ordered this movie and it was packed well and was delivered quickly. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tim Getchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie., EXCELLENT
Published 1 month ago by mary johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY TWIST IS A NEW SURPRISE
If it's twists and turns that you enjoy in story, then this is your meat. Gene Hackman is superb, as always, as are all the members of the supporting cast.
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Horowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 2 months ago by Gary Picnic
4.0 out of 5 stars Gene Hackman makes the film
It's a good movie but if anyone other than Hackman had played the role of the father I doubt I would have liked it as much.
Published 4 months ago by Charles J.
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I bought this for my fiancé... He has always liked this movie . He loves all the old movies thanks
Published 5 months ago by kckitty52
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned suspense action
A young Matt Dillon is the center of questions and actions in this 80s action action thriller. When his mother mysteriously disappears on a trip to Paris, a young man finds to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Espionage Operative
Those of us who are old guys, like to see someone gain the respect of out young son. That's what Gene Hackman does when his son is surprised that his "boring" dad has a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast moving and far from boring file - good story
We love the fast action, CIA FBI etc. mystery, action films and this one, after these many years, is still a thrill to watch and enjoy over and over
Published 13 months ago by gail berry neeley
4.0 out of 5 stars for my Dad
He liked it, and so did I. Being a Gene Hackman fan, I enjoyed it, it was a little predictable.
Published 13 months ago by patricia jones
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