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The Big Hit (1998)

Socially anxious hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert in his lucrative field, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

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Jeanne Shulman
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Morton Shulman
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Jiro Nishi
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David Usher ...
Sergio
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To payoff his second girlfriend's debt, hitman Melvin Smiley undertakes a kidnapping job with his usual associates. In a world of prospective Jewish in-laws and late movie fees, the hitman falls in love with the victim and must settle the score with those out to double-cross him. Written by UptownRox

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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24 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Equipa Mortal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,809,424 (USA) (26 April 1998)

Gross:

$27,052,167 (USA) (26 July 1998)
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Trivia

As a practical joke on the set, Bokeem Woodbine stuffed the front of his pants with socks for the scenes that took place in the gym locker room. See more »

Goofs

Prior to Mark Wahlberg's character fleeing his house after the shootout, China Chow's character is placed in the trunk of the car. She is gagged and her hands are shown cuffed behind her back. During the car chase, she escapes the trunk by entering the passenger compartment via the back seat and crawls forward. While crawling, her hands are clearly visible in front of her and lacking handcuffs, although she retains the gag. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Smiley: Technically, you can call me a hitman.
Keiko Nishi: Really? A hitman? Does that pay well?
Melvin Smiley: Oh of course. I make a killing.
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Connections

References Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990) See more »

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Voto Latino
Written by Ismael Fuentes De Garay
Performed by Molotov
Courtesy of Universal-Curco Record Venture
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Let us not forget the trace buster buster buster
6 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Indeed Mark Wahlberg is a bit cack in most of his films, but The Big Hit is a masterpiece of comedy. The action is fun, but is not meant to be taken seriously. I think that some people might have watched this film expecting a standard action film, in which case I can understand their disappointment. It's just good fun and Lou Diamond Phillips is brilliant. His over-the-top performance is perfect and is something I'll never forget.

The Big Hit is one of those films where you either get it or you don't. If you don't then I can understand how it might seem a bit two-dimensional. However, anyone who hasn't seen it should take a chance.


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