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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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Nothing's more dangerous than some nice guys... with a little time to kill. See more »


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

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24 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Equipa Mortal  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,809,424 (USA) (24 April 1998)

Gross:

£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)
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Trivia

It was filmed in 1996, but failed to get a North American theatrical release until 1998. See more »

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While Melvin is being chased in the woods by a car driven by Cisco, you can see that the trees being knocked down by the car are pre-cut. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Smiley: [to Video Store Kid] You know, I've taken a lot of shit from you. I put up with your high prices, your lousy selection, and your rude phone calls. I just wanna tell you one thing... I will never, ever rent tapes from this store again your snotty little...
Cisco: [kicks open doors] I come back to finish what I started motherfucker!
[whips out knives]
Cisco: Knuckle up, bitch!
Melvin Smiley: Yeah, lets go motherfucker! Lets work.
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References The Newlydeads (1988) See more »

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Cruise
Written by Haldane Browne, Chad Simpson & Wallace Wilson
Performed by Red Rat
Courtesy of Main Street Records
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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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