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The Big Hit (1998)

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Hitman Melvin Surley, an expert at his lucrative job, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.


(as Che-Kirk Wong)




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Shulman
Morton Shulman
Jiro Nishi
Video Store Kid
David Usher ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Equipa Mortal  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$27,052,167 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keiko was originally supposed to be a high school student, intentionally as an homage to Asian schoolgirls in anime cartoons. However, certain powers that be found it to be too risqué and she is now a college student in the film. See more »


During the gun shoot out between Melvin and Cisco in Melvin's house, Cisco is seen shooting many bullets at Melvin, when he hits the fridge next to Melvin at first there is 2 bullet holes, Cisco fires 3 shots, then there are 8 bullet holes. Then when you see the fridge again after there are only 2 bullet holes again. See more »


Crunch: I said LAN-O-LIN, not that aloe-vera bullshit! Get it right, mutha fucka!
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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »


Gots Like Come on Thru
Written by Buddha Monk (as Ellery Chambers), Bob James, Marcus Logan & Dragon
Performed by Buddha Monk
Courtesy of Edel America Records, Inc.
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Very cool!
28 June 2005 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

When you watch this movie,you can't return it to the videostore because it's great.This is an action comedy and it will laugh you to death. There is enough action and humor in this movie,and great actors but still,...I don't know what but there something missing.If you see Pulp Fiction,you will know what I'm talking about.

Melvin Smiley, a successful young hit-man, is living a normal all-day life for his Jewish fiancé Pam, but kills for money in Paris' organization. In addition, he has a relationship with a beauty from the neighborhood and gets bothered by a pimply video store guy, because he did not return "King Kong Lives" for two weeks. He and his three teammates Cisco, Crunch and Vince one day decide to kidnap the daughter of super-rich businessman Jiro Nishi - off the record. What they do not know, is that Jiro just went completely bankrupt due to a successes movie production, and, even worse, that his daughter Keiko is the god-daughter of Paris, the boss of the kidnappers. He and his men are now searching for the kidnappers in order to grind them up properly. Meanwhile, handcuffed Keiko falls in love with killer Melvin while both preparing a kosher meal in order to satisfy Pam's visiting parents, who are out of the house with Pam - with a body in the trunk.

And when I remember of Christina Applegate,...Mmmmmmmmmmmm! I would rather recommend you Pulp Fiction,because it's more funnier and more tens than this film!But you must see this one too!

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