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The Big Hit (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  24 April 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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)  »

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Equipa Mortal  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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

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£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)
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In the original script, the Video Store Kid was only a voice heard over the phone. He was never seen until the end of the film. However, when Danny Smith was hired, it was decided to insert his scenes into the film and introduce him physically earlier. See more »

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In the early elevator scene, when asked to synchronize their watches, one watch is clearly out of sync with the others. See more »

Quotes

Cisco: I don't want no fuck-ups on this kidnapping, boy.
Gump: Oh, come on, yo. I ain't like that no more, kid. You know I gots my shits - ugh - ugh...
Cisco: Together! "Ya got your shit together," ya non-word-rememberin' motherfucker!
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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What U On
Written by Samuel Lindley, Carl Mitchell, LaTanya Hughes, Frederick Taylor & 'Ray Gregory'
Performed by LaTanya
Courtesy of Blunt Recordings
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Ideal party-movie!
3 December 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Watch Melvin Smiley's more than complicated life erupt in chaos. His fiancée's parents are coming for a visit, his (other!) girlfriend is to blame that he's kind of out of money, he really ought to return the tape of King Kong Lives... On top of all that, Melvin soon gets problems of an even worse kind. A professional hit-man, Melvin suddenly finds himself in terrible danger of getting killed by his own co-workers when a kidnapping turns out to have been a bad idea.

It's crazy. Exaggerated, chaotic, full of somehow weird characters, often unrealistic action scenes, fun. I'm surprised this movie is so little known, and I am even more surprised that so many people hate it. Sure, if you expect a serious, realistic action movie, The Big Hit isn't the movie for you. You really need a sense of humour for this. Expect an action comedy, almost a parody, and you'll be entertained for sure.


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