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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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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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Did You Know?


Though Josh Becker and Scott Spiegel were uncredited, they wrote three drafts of the script. Everything they wrote was featured in the film. See more »


Abe Fasio: Caleek! I knew Vic wouldn't leave me in here! Hey! What do you call an 89 pound Ethiopian?
Chris Caleek: I heard that one.
[kills him]
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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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