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The Hit (1984)

Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Stuart ...
First Man
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Second Man
A.J. Clarke ...
Third Man
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Willie Parker
Lennie Peters ...
Mr. Corrigan
Bernie Searle ...
Hopwood (as Bernie Searl)
Brian Royal ...
Fellows
Albie Woodington ...
Riordan
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Judge
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Barrister
Manuel de Benito ...
Juan (as Manuel De Benito)
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Priest
Enrique San Francisco ...
Kidnapper (as Quique San Francisco)
Will More ...
Kidnapper (as Joaquin Alonso)
José Luis Fernández 'Pirri' ...
Kidnapper (as Jose Luis Fernandez)
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Ex-gangster Willie Parker has betrayed his former "colleagues" and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance. But one day, ten years later, two hitmen (Braddock and Myron) show up and kidnap Willie. They are ordered to escort him back to Paris where he should stand trial. But it is a long way to Paris... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Even Bad Guys Have Bad Days. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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8 March 1985 (USA)  »

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In the later 1999 crime film The Limey (1999), actor Terence Stamp played the reverse of his character in this movie where he plays a victim of mob revenge. In that picture made and released about fifteen years later, Stamp plays an ex-crim who seeks revenge on the man who killed his daughter. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, a black Ford Zephyr Mark III pulls up outside Willie Parker's flat. It has a number plate ending in K, denoting that it was first registered in 1971 or 1972. However this model of car was only made between 1962 and 1966. The DVLA rules on personalised number plates forbid a plate that makes a car look "younger" that its actual year of manufacture. See more »

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[a few minutes earlier, Maggie bit Braddock's hand and drew blood]
Myron: Mr Braddock, d'you think we could stop for something to eat soon? I ain't had nothing all day and I'm really hungry. 'Spect I'm not the only one. Her too, she's probably hungry too.
Braddock: [drily] She's already eaten.
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NOT THE USUAL TYPE OF "HIT"
25 May 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The basic plot of this film is fairly ordinary and the pace not exactly fast - anyone wanting non-stop Tarantino-style action may be disappointed. Yes, the film does contain violence but in between there are quieter moments where the characters are given time to reflect

  • not on the lyrics of "Like A Virgin", but on their lives,


their illusions, and the hand that fate has dealt them.

Although each character is a stereotype and made to think and act accordingly, the unfolding chain of events forces each one (albeit briefly) to re-think and

re-evaluate his place in the scheme of things. It never gets too deep and meaningful (you sometimes get the impression it was supposed to), but it's refreshing to see characters normally shown as one-dimensional having fears, doubts and (sometimes!) even genuine human reactions.

The mixture of "gangsters on the run" and introspection would limit this films' appeal somewhat but it's a nice change from the normal action film . A word too for the great acting from the wonderfully eclectic cast - all strong character actors, contributing greatly to appeal of this movie.


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