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Hit Me (1996)

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Sonny lives with his retarded older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in.



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Complete credited cast:
Sonny Rose
Monique Roux
Leroy Rose
Del Towbridge
Lenny Ish
J.C. Quinn ...
Fred Bascomb
Billy Tungpet
Mr. Ish's Bodyguard
Peter Stillwell
Tom Lillard ...


Sonny lives with his retarded older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in.

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hotel | bellhop | eating | urination | debt | See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,348 (USA) (2 October 1998)


$3,348 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Haing S. Ngor's last film. See more »


In the last scene, once the rain stops, the car's windshield goes from streaming wet to very dry in seconds. See more »


Lenny Ish: Sonny, do you know what I discover when I look out at the stars? How small we are... and brief!
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Unbelievable premise
30 June 2003 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

Hit Me, Steven Shainberg's (Secretary) directorial debut has a lot going for it including a great cast and a truly striking set to utilize. Unfortunately, the story is utterly ridiculous. The first half hour is a long, drawn out affair I guess to establish Elias Koteas' character, who seems to be nothing more than a series of ticks. We find out he has a brother who is mentally retarded, and the state wants to take away, but Elias will not let them happen. On the verge of losing his job at a two star hotel, he becomes involved in an incident (which I won't reveal here) that is so muddled, so badly played out and so unbelievable that I found it hard to believe that the rest of the motivations of the characters in this movie, rested on it. If the source material (a Jim Thompson novel) was unclear,

Shainberg certainly didn't make it any clearer which leads to the main character entering into a heist for truly inane reasons. It's hard to get excited about a heist when the reasoning behind it is virtually nonexistent. Yes, there are heists for the sake of heists - and often that works fine - but this film spends a lot of time and energy trying to establish some reason for this to take place, but fails to convince.

Good film noir, relies on amoral men, sexual women and desperate desires. Hit Me which claims to be a film noir is simply desperate - for a good story and a stronger execution.

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