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The Big Hit (1998)

 -  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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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:

El gran golpe  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)

Gross:

£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)
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Trivia

China Chow who plays Keiko Nishi, despite claiming to have not cooked before (in the kitchen scene) is in real life the daughter of famous restaurateur, Michael Chow. See more »

Goofs

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 Dracula (1992) See more »

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Magic Carpet Ride
Written by Robert Clivillés (as Robert Clivilles), David Cole & Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook)
Performed by Mighty Dub Katz (as The Mighty Dub Katz)
Courtesy of SM:)E Communications
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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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