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Hit List (1989)

R  |   |  Thriller, Action  |  3 March 1989 (USA)
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A family man and a mob witness hunt for a hit-man who has mistakenly kidnapped the family man's son.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Collins
Frank DeSalvo
Chris Caleek
Tom Mitchum
Vic Luca
Brian Armstrong
Jared Riley
Harriet Hall ...
Sandy Collins
Abe Fasio
Nick Barbaro ...
Barry Brenner ...
Geoff Brewer ...
Richard E. Butler ...


Gangster boss Vincent Luca shall appear in court to account for his crimes - but he has a man at the police who tells him names and locations of the witnesses, so he can kill them all - but one: In the last hit, the professional killer gets into the wrong house. When the owner Mark Collins comes home, he finds his pregnant wife unconscious in the kitchen, his friend dead in the living room and his son kidnapped. The police officer wants Luca to believe he has the real witness' son and sends Collins into prison. But he manages to escape and takes things into his own hands. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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They attacked the wrong woman... They kidnapped the wrong child... And they made the wrong man their target. See more »


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Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell to Pay  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Jan-Michael Vincent's substance abuse was reportedly so bad that William Lustig filmed many single shots of him because he thought he would later have to replace him with another actor. See more »


Chris Caleek: His father?
[to Kenny]
Chris Caleek: You're not Frank DeSalvo's kid?
Jack Collins: No, he's *my* son.
Chris Caleek: Well, go 'head and shoot! I'll break his fuckin' neck anyway!
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Fun Action Film
31 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hit List is an action film that has enough suspense and predictability to keep you on the edge of your seat and cheering at the same time. The story is about a mistaken identity murder and kidnapping that turns Jan-Michael Vincent from caring father, to an unstoppable killing machine. Like all action movies, there are points that are totally ridiculous, but the movie as a whole was adventurous and fun. Action film fanatics are sure to enjoy.

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