Walter Lloyd gets along with, but isn't close to, his teenage son, Chris. That changes when Walter's wife, Donna, is kidnapped while in Europe and Walter and Chris head overseas to find her. During their cloak-and-dagger adventure, the two men become closer, with Chris discovering some surprising things about his seemingly ordinary dad. Father and son, played well by Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon, respectively, must learn to trust each other in order to save Donna in Arthur Penn's exciting thriller.
Don Petersen - Co-writer, 'Target' (1985)
Victoria Fyodorova - Actress/"Target 1985"
David Brown - Producer, worked with Richard Zanuck, began in '73, JAWS
Arthur Penn - American Director
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Eugene Alder - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Gayle Hunnicutt - American Actress/60s-70s
Gayle Hunnicut - American Actress/60s-70s
Howard Berk - SCREENWRITER
Josef Summer - Actor, 'Target' (1985)
Matt Dillon - American actor, DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989)
Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon star as father and son in this unique blend of family relationships and international intrigue. Walter Lloyd (Hackman) is a simple businessman raising his normal family in a Texas suburb. He and his wife, Donna, love each other very much. Walter and his son, however, do not quite get along. But when Donna disappears during a trip to Europe, father and son must work together to save her. During the adventure, the son learns that his father is not whom he seems to be--and that the life he once led might have something to do with the mother's disappearance. The story takes place in late-cold-war Europe, where old agents and spies from both sides still haunt the cities. Time has passed, but the scars remain from the old days, and Walter puts himself and his son in grave danger when he reenters the spy network that never really forgot him. TARGET is a mixture of action film, relationship story, and spy movie, pulling off the combination in a way that is believable and original while never seeming forced. Some great chase scenes, unpredictable plot twists, and excellent performances from Hackman and Dillon make TARGET something much more than an average spy thriller.
Shot on location in Dallas, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Hamburg, Germany. Gene Hackman performs all his own stunts, including the leap off the Hamburg Bridge in the chase sequence. TARGET marked the third time Gene Hackman and Arthur Penn worked together. Their first two films were BONNIE AND CLYDE and NIGHT MOVES.
"...Involving throughout....[Hackman gives a] superb performance....Fine supporting efforts by Matt Dillon, Josef Sommer and Victoria Fyodorova..." - 11/06/1985 Variety
"...Fyodorova makes a lovely debut; she is warm, with a sense of resilience that makes her believable..." - 11/08/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C6