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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.

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Jeanne Shulman
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Sergio
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

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) (24 April 1998)

Gross:

$27,052,167 (USA) (24 July 1998)
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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 »

Goofs

On the gun fight scene at the hotel where Melvin threw flashbangs on the room to blind and distract the enemy, the light from the flashbang lasts for a few minutes and he even wore sunglasses to protect himself from the blinding light before he enters the room. Whereas a real flashbang only lasts for a split second. See more »

Quotes

Keiko Nishi: It says "businesses." That's what it says. You said for me to read the note; not to improve it.
Cisco: Oh! "Improve!" What are you... Meryl-fuckin'-Streep?
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References Epitaph (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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