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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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Lance
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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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)  »

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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In the script, Melvin had more of a backstory, to explain why he was afraid of people disliking him, and why both his parents were dead. However, due to time and budgetary restrictions, this element was cut before shooting began. 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

Melvin: I can't stand the thought of anyone not liking me, okay! There, I said it! The thought of either one of them
[his fiancee' and his girlfriend]
Melvin: not liking me is more than I can stand, okay!
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Connections

References A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »

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Act on It
Written by Maurice Cenac (as M. Cenac), Scott Kluesner, Craig Miller & Son Doobie (as Jason Vasquez)
Performed by Funkdoobiest
Courtesy of Buzztone/The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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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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