Target (1985)

R | 117 mins | Mystery | 8 November 1985

Director:

Arthur Penn

Cinematographer:

Jean Tournier

Production Designer:

Willy Holt

Production Company:

CBS Productions
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HISTORY

Referring to the picture as On Target, the 28 Feb 1984 DV announced filming was set to begin in late summer 1984 in Europe. The 10 May 1984 DV noted an early fall start date, and listed locations as Paris, France, and the German cities of Munich and Berlin. However, according to the 22 May 1984 HR, filming would begin on 27 Jul 1984 in France. Finally, the 31 Aug 1984 HR stated the $10 million picture would begin principal photography on 8 Oct 1984. The schedule was expected to last sixteen weeks and would film in Dallas, TX, in addition to France and Germany. HR cited Ronald Bass as one of the film’s writers, however, Bass was not included in onscreen credits.
       According to the 17 Oct 1984 Var, filming would last from 8--27 Oct 1984 in Paris, including filming interiors at Boulogne Studios. Production crews would then relocate to Hamburg for three weeks before returning to Paris until late Jan 1985. Principal photography would conclude after a final week of filming in Dallas, TX. The 14 Nov 1984 Var announced a $12 million budget, and reported that cast and crew would be on hiatus for eleven days over the Christmas holiday. Var reported that lensing would also occur for one week in West Berlin, at “Checkpoint Charlie.” Production notes in AMPAS library files note Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was used to film one of the airport sequences.
       The 11 Jan 1985 DV noted that filmmakers ... More Less

Referring to the picture as On Target, the 28 Feb 1984 DV announced filming was set to begin in late summer 1984 in Europe. The 10 May 1984 DV noted an early fall start date, and listed locations as Paris, France, and the German cities of Munich and Berlin. However, according to the 22 May 1984 HR, filming would begin on 27 Jul 1984 in France. Finally, the 31 Aug 1984 HR stated the $10 million picture would begin principal photography on 8 Oct 1984. The schedule was expected to last sixteen weeks and would film in Dallas, TX, in addition to France and Germany. HR cited Ronald Bass as one of the film’s writers, however, Bass was not included in onscreen credits.
       According to the 17 Oct 1984 Var, filming would last from 8--27 Oct 1984 in Paris, including filming interiors at Boulogne Studios. Production crews would then relocate to Hamburg for three weeks before returning to Paris until late Jan 1985. Principal photography would conclude after a final week of filming in Dallas, TX. The 14 Nov 1984 Var announced a $12 million budget, and reported that cast and crew would be on hiatus for eleven days over the Christmas holiday. Var reported that lensing would also occur for one week in West Berlin, at “Checkpoint Charlie.” Production notes in AMPAS library files note Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was used to film one of the airport sequences.
       The 11 Jan 1985 DV noted that filmmakers were three days ahead of schedule.
       The 14 Feb 1985 HR announced that production was currently underway in Dallas, and reported that the film was set to be released in Fall 1985.
       The 15 Feb 1985 Entertainment Today reported that principal photography would conclude that week, and stated that locations in Corpus Christi, TX, had been used. However, according to production notes, crews were relocated to Dallas after a rare blizzard hit Corpus Christi.
       According to the 4 Nov 1985 DV, production came in $1.4 million under its $12.9 million budget, which director Arthur Penn credited to the efficient European film crews.
       After its first three days in 1,085 theaters, box-office receipts totaled $2.7 million, according to the Jan 1986 Box.
       A film review from the 8 Nov 1985 Chicago Tribune noted that the film division at CBS Productions, which produced Target, was going out of business following a series of losses.
       End credits acknowledge: "Interiors filmed at Studios de Boulogne, Paris." Additional acknowledgements include: "Filmed on location in West Germany, France and the United States; The Producers wish to express their appreciation for the cooperation of: The airports of Paris, Hamburg and Dallas/Fort Worth; The police and port authorities of Paris and Hamburg; The authorities at Check Point Charlie, Berlin; And the citizens and police of Corpus Christi, Texas." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jan 1986.
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Daily Variety
28 Feb 1984.
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Daily Variety
10 May 1984
p. 1, 14.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1985.
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Daily Variety
4 Nov 1985
p. 3, 11.
Entertainment Today
15 Feb 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 May 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 1985
p. 3, 16.
Los Angeles Times
8 Nov 1985
p. 6.
New York Times
8 Nov 1985
p. 20.
Variety
17 Oct 1984.
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Variety
14 Nov 1984
p. 6, 20.
Variety
6 Nov 1985
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Zanuck/Brown Production
An Arthur Penn Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Unit mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
Prod mgr, German production unit
Unit mgr, German production unit
1st asst dir, German production unit
Prod mgr, United States production unit
1st asst dir, United States production unit
2d asst dir, United States production unit
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
Asst cam
Still photog
Cam op (#2 cam), German production unit
Head gaffer, German production unit
Dir of photog, United States production unit
Cam op, United States production unit
1st asst cam, United States production unit
2d asst cam, United States production unit
Still photog, United States production unit
Key grip, United States production unit
Gaffer, United States production unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst prod des
Art dir, United States production unit
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed, Post production
Asst film ed, Post production
Apprentice film ed, Post production
Apprentice film ed, Post production
Negative cutting, Post production
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Set dec, German production unit
Const coord, United States production unit
Prop master, United States production unit
COSTUMES
Costumer, United States production unit
Josef Sommer's wardrobe provided by
MUSIC
Mus ed, Post production
Synthesizers
Synthesizers
Addl mus supplied by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Supv sd ed, Post production
Sd ed, Post production
Sd ed, Post production
Sd ed, Post production
Sd ed, Post production
Sd ed, Post production
A.D.R. ed, Post production
A.D.R. ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Asst sd ed, Post production
Apprentice sd ed, Post production
Foley, Post production
Foley, Post production
Post prod facilities, Post production
Re-rec mixer, Sound One Corp., Post production
Sd eng, German production unit
Sd mixer, United States production unit
Boom man, United States production unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles by, Modern Film Effects, Post production
Titles by, Post production
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Makeup, United States production unit
Hairstylist, United States production crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting and spec consultant
Supv prod accountant
French accountant
Unit pub
Pub relations
Prod coord
Prod secy
Asst to Zanuck Brown
Post prod facilities, Post production
Asst to the prod mgr, German production unit
Architect, German production unit
Prod accountant, German production unit
Casting consultant, German production unit
Prod secy, German production unit
Prod coord, United States production unit
Prod accountant, United States production unit
Loc mgr, United States production unit
Loc mgr, United States production unit
Casting, United States production unit
Transportation coord, United States production uni
Scr supv, United States production unit
Craft service, United States production unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer, Post production
Film processed by
SOURCES
SONGS
"That Old Black Magic," words by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen, sung by Billy Daniels on Crescendo Records, courtesy of Famous Music Corporation
"Lost In Love," words and music by Graham Russell, courtesy of Careers Music, Inc. and Nottsongs & Film Music LTD., administered by Finell Brunow Associates, Inc.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
On Target
Release Date:
8 November 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 November 1985
Production Date:
8 October 1984--mid February 1985
Copyright Claimant:
CBS, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 February 1986
Copyright Number:
PA276859
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
117
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
France, Germany, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27710
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Dallas, Texas, Walter Lloyd takes his wife, Donna, to the airport, where she is embarking on a long European vacation. She tells Walter to make an effort to reconnect with their young adult son, Chris Lloyd, while she is gone. Chris asks his father why he refused to leave his lumberyard business and go with his mother on vacation, but gets no reply. In time, Walter takes his estranged son on a fishing trip. When they return home, Walter receives a telephone call informing him that his wife went missing from her tour group, and Chris insists they go to Paris, France, to search for her. On the airplane, Chris asks his father if he and his mother are getting along, and wonders aloud if perhaps his mother has met another man. While Chris collects their bags at the airport he meets a beautiful French girl named Carla. Meanwhile, a German man named Hans Henke holds Walter at gunpoint. He shows Walter his wife’s bracelet, and begins leading him out of the airport. However, another man points a gun at Walter, and when Walter pushes a cart into the assassin, Hans Henke is accidentally shot and killed. In the chaos, Walter takes Henke’s gun and wallet, and returns to Chris as if nothing has happened. They settle into their Parisian hotel, and while Chris sleeps, Walter visits the American Consulate, where he sneaks into the office of a man named Ross and orders him to send a message to Ross’s superior, Barney Taber. Referring to himself as “Duke,” Walter reports that his wife has been kidnapped, ... +


In Dallas, Texas, Walter Lloyd takes his wife, Donna, to the airport, where she is embarking on a long European vacation. She tells Walter to make an effort to reconnect with their young adult son, Chris Lloyd, while she is gone. Chris asks his father why he refused to leave his lumberyard business and go with his mother on vacation, but gets no reply. In time, Walter takes his estranged son on a fishing trip. When they return home, Walter receives a telephone call informing him that his wife went missing from her tour group, and Chris insists they go to Paris, France, to search for her. On the airplane, Chris asks his father if he and his mother are getting along, and wonders aloud if perhaps his mother has met another man. While Chris collects their bags at the airport he meets a beautiful French girl named Carla. Meanwhile, a German man named Hans Henke holds Walter at gunpoint. He shows Walter his wife’s bracelet, and begins leading him out of the airport. However, another man points a gun at Walter, and when Walter pushes a cart into the assassin, Hans Henke is accidentally shot and killed. In the chaos, Walter takes Henke’s gun and wallet, and returns to Chris as if nothing has happened. They settle into their Parisian hotel, and while Chris sleeps, Walter visits the American Consulate, where he sneaks into the office of a man named Ross and orders him to send a message to Ross’s superior, Barney Taber. Referring to himself as “Duke,” Walter reports that his wife has been kidnapped, and gives the name of the hotel where Taber can find him. Sometime later, Walter makes a telephone call and is followed by an unknown man. Walter tells Chris about Hans Henke approaching him at the airport, and reveals that his mother has been kidnapped. As Walter talks to his son, Barney Taber arrives, and Walter introduces him to Chris as an old friend. Taber asks for any information about Walter’s missing wife, and Chris begins to relay the details of his father’s encounter with Hans Henke, but Walter cuts him off. Although Taber only works as a “liaison to the economic commission,” he promises to do everything he can to find Donna Lloyd. After he leaves, Chris questions his father about not revealing everything to Taber, and wonders why Taber called his father “Duke.” Later, Chris overhears his father speaking fluent French, and realizes that his father is leading a double life. Walter receives a telephone call from the kidnappers, and insists that Chris stay behind while he goes to meet them. However, Chris follows him, saving his life when the assassin from the airport shoots at Walter from behind. Walter confesses to Chris that he used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and that someone other than the kidnappers wants to kill him. When someone selling watches approaches, Walter points a gun at the innocent man, and Chris is stunned at his father’s reaction. Chris wants to go to police, but Walter insists they talk to Taber, who works for the CIA. Taber tells Walter to wait at the hotel for the kidnappers to contact him again. However, he and Chris rent an automobile and drive to Hamburg, Germany, to meet with a former contact of Walter’s named Lise. Walter notices they are being followed, and holds the bumbling “shadow” at gunpoint until he admits to being a CIA agent named Mason, sent to protect Walter. Walter threatens Mason, and he and Chris continue on to Germany by train. At the Hamburg train station, a man plays a tune on a violin to get his attention, but Walter eludes the man. Chris sees Carla, the girl he met at the Paris airport, but does not speak to her. They arrive at the home of Walter’s former colleague, Lise, and she and Walter share stories from the past. Chris overhears Lise tell his father that she loved him. Walter tells her that he loves his wife, Donna, but laments not having a second life to share with Lise. The following day, Lise sends Walter to former associate, “the Colonel.” En route, Chris and Walter are again followed by the violin player from the train station. The assassin joins the pursuit, and a car chase ensues. Chris lets Walter out of the automobile, and runs to a bridge. Walter jumps onto a passing riverboat below, and witnesses the assassin shoot the violin player, who appeared to be trying to help Walter. Chris and Walter escape and visit the Colonel, who informs Walter that Hans Henke worked for the German Secret Service, and asks Walter about “Clean Sweep,” his last operation before leaving the CIA. Walter recollects that he was ordered to kill six corrupt German agents, but one, whose name he cannot recall, got away. Sometime later, the family of the sixth man was killed, and Walter denies that his team was responsible for the unauthorized murders. When the Colonel asks what tune the violinist was playing, Walter realizes it was code, and remembers the sixth man’s name was Schroeder. The Colonel asserts that Schroeder has kidnapped Donna Lloyd. Walter travels to West Berlin to pursue Schroeder, and leaves Chris with Lise, where she will send him to stay out of harm’s way with her friend in Frankfurt, Germany. Meanwhile, the assassin tortures the Colonel to get him to reveal Walter’s whereabouts. After the Colonel’s nurse gives up the name of Walter’s hotel, both she and the Colonel are murdered. Waiting for his airplane to Frankfurt, Chris again sees Carla, and decides to go with her to West Berlin. When they arrive, Carla seduces Chris, but he leaves her bed to inform his father that he is in West Berlin. Lise telephones Walter and tells him of the Colonel’s murder, and that Chris failed to arrive in Frankfurt. Chris arrives at his father’s hotel room, and Walter nearly shoots him. He admonishes his son for deviating from the plan, but allows Chris to help him. While Chris sits watch outside the hotel, Carla arrives and surprises him, and confesses she was jealous he was meeting another woman. Chris sees the assassin arrive, but before he can alert his father, Carla points a gun at him. When the assassin enters Walter’s room, Walter kills him. Outside, Chris strikes Carla in the face, and runs to his father’s side. Father and son escape, and Chris is disappointed in himself for falling for Carla’s ruse. Walter consoles him, and tells him the kidnappers might ask him to trade his life for his wife’s return. Chris expresses his love for his father and returns to Paris to wait while Walter meets with Schroeder. Schroeder accuses him of murdering his wife and children, but Walter claims he and his team had nothing to do with their deaths. Walter reveals that he was being pursued by an assassin, and suggests that whoever sent him is behind the murders of Schroeder’s family. He convinces Schroeder to allow him to investigate further before he kills Donna. Walter telephones Chris at CIA headquarters in Paris, where the younger man waits with agents Taber and Clay. Walter instructs Chris to meet him alone at a secret location in West Berlin. Chris arrives, followed by Taber and Clay, and Walter attempts to sort out the past. Chris enters a warehouse and finds his mother tied to a chair, rigged with explosives. They all work to disarm the bombs. When Chris sees one of Schroeder’s men, and is told to keep quiet, he realizes that his father has a plan. Donna is freed at last, and embraces Walter. Walter tells Taber that he is going to turn himself in to Schroeder so he will not have to live as a target for the rest of his life. However, Taber holds Walter at gunpoint, refusing to let him assert his innocence to Schroeder. When Clay questions Taber’s actions, Taber shoots him. Schroeder arrives, and when Taber speaks to him in German, Walter realizes that Taber is a double agent and responsible for murdering Schroeder’s family. Schroeder ties up Taber and instructs Walter to leave with his family. Outside the warehouse, Chris and his parents embrace, as the building explodes. +

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