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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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Jack Collins
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Frank DeSalvo
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Chris Caleek
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Tom Mitchum
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Vic Luca
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Brian Armstrong
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Jared Riley
Harriet Hall ...
Sandy Collins
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Gravenstein
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Abe Fasio
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Mario
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Johnson
Barry Brenner ...
Doctor
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Brock
Richard E. Butler ...
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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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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Thriller | Action

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell to Pay  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lance Henriksen was so devoted to his role that he called William Lustig up at midnight asking what kind of gun his character should use. The next day, they met at a deli in Studio City where Henriksen placed a Desert Eagle on the table. See more »

Quotes

Frank DeSalvo: Hey! Whoa! Buster Badass! You are playin' in the major leagues here. You do things my way, or you do it alone.
Jack Collins: [Grabs gun] This may be your world but it's my kid! Got it?
Frank DeSalvo: You are a real dunce-ski.
Jack Collins: Yeah, well, fuck you.
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Written by Robby Weaver and Rusty Weaver
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Formidable Action Flick With Troubled Star
29 October 2002 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It's too bad that a solid cast of character actors working with a decent genre director can't quite improve upon, or merely disguise, their lead's mumbly, slurring performance. I remember seeing the film and wondering why so much of Jan-Michael Vincent's acting was dubbed, and why there were so many single shots of him by himself, the other actors being cut in for individual lines of dialogue, etc.

According to director William Lustig, Vincent was so inebriated they oftentimes had to just prop him up in some of the master shots and let the other actors "act around" the poor guy. One scene he's even lying down on a backyard bench.

If anything, it gives Lance Henriksen more room to chew up a lot of scenery, and then, of course, there's the stunts. Lots and lots of them. This is one movie that doesn't necessarily make you disappreciate dynamic car pursuits, but the tire squealing is enough to make you don headphones and listen to good heavy metal for the duration of the chases, especially the parking structure one.

All in all, it's a watchable movie. I especially like one of Vincent's decipherable lines (one that he repeats quite a few times) "But he's got my kid!!" because he says it with about as much despair as if he'd just ran out of cigarettes.


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