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The Hit List (1993)

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Charlie Pike is a pro hitman, but when he meets Yancy Butler, everything starts falling apart.

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Jeff Fahey stars as Charlie Pike, an elusive hitman who eliminates high powered criminals whom the law cannot touch. Yet all rules are broken when his mentor Peter Mahew (James Coburn), a prominent attorney who heads a secret committee to wipe-out organized crime figures, requests that Pike help a beautiful family friend, Jordan. Pike is captivated by this mysterious woman and is surprisingly drawn into a deadly double-cross as unexpected events raise the ante and reveal a conspiracy of dangerous dimensions. Written by Bren M.

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Hit-man Jeff Fahey is asked by James Coburn to do a job for Yancy Butler
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Hit List" (1993) is definitely a neo-noir and the IMDb rating is about right. I liked it even though its plot, while original in its details and twists, still may seem to have an overall element of predictability. It's really after the fact of viewing it, however, that some of it may appear to have been done before or close to it.

This is not troubling. Just as in westerns, the good guys almost always shoot it out with the bad guys at the end and win, so it is that in film noir the good guys often find themselves in hot water, meeting up with devious characters who don't seem devious, and quite often these heroes come to a bad end. The movie "Criss Cross" (1949) comes to mind and knowing film noir fans will be alert to areas of resemblance of "The Hit List" to that classic.

The protagonist is a hit-man (Jeff Fahey). He knocks off bad guys for the NSA, his most recent work having been in Colombia. He has an arrangement with James Coburn in which he works indirectly for a set of high-class lawyers who get their clients acquitted but who know they're guilty and want to see them punished. Two policemen are investigating these murders. Fahey is about to retire from the business but Coburn wants him to do one more job for the daughter of a friend. The woman is Yancy Butler. Fahey agrees because she reminds him of his lost girl friend in Colombia, he's strongly attracted to her and her helplessness, and the man after her appears to be the same man who was an enemy in Colombia.

So as not to spoil the story, I will say no more. I only want to present an antidote to the other mostly negative reviews. While this movie is no gem, neither is it a dud. But I do think that it will be more to the liking of noir fans than those who are looking for lots of thrills. Also, it won't satisfy viewers looking for nudity and erotic scenes. It has maybe three scenes in which Fahey and Butler do some heavy kissing and grappling with one another. They show their attachment but it's not really erotic. The scenes come to a reasonably fast end, and this movie is not an erotic thriller.

It's more one of those stories in which there are complex relationships that reach back to the past, and the past is influencing the present. The protagonist and we the viewers can't quite understand all that's happening. We can make intelligent guesses, based on events and on body language, but we can't be certain until the finale.


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