Hot Tamale

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Hot Tamale
Hot Tamale Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Damian
Produced by
  • Janeen Damian
  • Michael Damian
Written by
  • Janeen Damian
  • Michael Damian
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography Frederick Iannone
Edited by Adam Heller
Riviera Films
Distributed by Motion Picture Corporation of America
Release dates
  • April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000

Hot Tamale is a 2006 comedy-drama film directed by Michael Damian, co-written by Janeen Damian.[1] It stars Randy Spelling, Diora Baird and Carmen Electra. The film opened on April 23, 2006,[2] and the DVD was released on August 29, 2006.[3] The film is Michael Damian's feature film directorial debut.


Harlan Woodruff (Randy Spelling) is a Salsa musician from Wyoming, on a road trip to Los Angeles to realise his dream of making it big as a percussionist. It is revealed that Harlan had a troubled childhood, having found his dead father frozen in a fishing hole. En route to Los Angeles, he runs into Jude, a career criminal on the run from two hit men, Al and Dwayne, who want to retrieve stolen merchandise from him. Desperate, Jude dumps the merchandise into Harlans bag and escapes.

Harlan mean while stays over at his Puerto Rican friend Carlo's apartment. He meets Tuesday (Diora Baird), a friend of Carlos there. Carlos leaves town on an assignment and Tuesday and Harlan have the apartment to themselves. Harlan discovery that Carlo is a marijuana cultivator, growing the plants at his house. When trying to smoke the substance, he has a panic attack and lands in the hospital. After making a recovery, Tuesday brings him back to the apartment, where they sleep in. Meanwhile, Al and Dwayne catch up with Jude, who spills his guts that the bag the hit men are looking for is with Harlan. Jude's partner Riley (Carmen Electra) is also hot on Harlans trail.

The hitmen and Riley have their own demands and want the stolen merchandise, which turns out to be diamonds. A shoot out ensues and finally the hitmen are nabbed and Harlan walks away from the fire fight unharmed with Tuesday.



Critical Response[edit]

The movie was mostly panned by critics, with a few exceptions.[4] Positive takeaways were performances of Randy Spelling and the debut direction effort of Michael Damian.


The film won the Boston International Film Festival Best Narrative feature Award for Michael Damian and Janeen Damian. It also won the Festival Prize at the Dixie Film Festival.[5]


  1. ^ "Direction Details". IMDb. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  2. ^ "DVD Release". IMDb. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Hot Tamale". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Critics at". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Awards Won By Hot Tamale". IMDB. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 

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