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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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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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)

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£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

When Keiko's boyfriend is kissing her in limo they are sitting on middle of the back seat. But when Melvin is looking at them in mirror they are sitting next to door. See more »

Quotes

Crunch: I said LAN-O-LIN, not that aloe-vera bullshit! Get it right, mutha fucka!
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References Dreams Come True (1984) See more »

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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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Mark Whalberg: Urban Hit man - Gen X style
23 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a day in the life of a hit man played by actor Mark Whalberg. Melvin (Mark Whalberg) has good life thanks to his talent as a hit man, but has very working class mentality going about his life. But none of the girls he associates with shares his work ethics, but just sees him as a cash cow, and a guy to dump all their troubles on to, until Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips) kidnaps a Japanese mogul Jiro's (Sab Nishi) daughter Keiko (China Chow) and dumps her on to his lap. Keiko is the first to sympathize with Melvin and hits it off with him.

There are three stories going on simultaneously in this movie: One with Cisco and his boss Paris (Avery Brooks) who's a friend of Jiro's and wants the guy who kidnapped Keiko dead (not knowing that it's actually Cisco who did it). Second with Melvin's girl friend Pam (Christina Applegate) who's Jewish, and has a mother who is against her marrying this Irish Catholic guy. Third with Melvin and Keiko who's being kept at his house. All three converge at Melvin's house at lunch, and pandemonium breaks loose.

The story line is one of the most original, and is a feel good movie '90s style where the under dog anti-hero gets the good he deserves in the end. The riot is seeing all the other materialistic people around Melvin all trying to take advantage of him showing how nice of a guy he is despite his choice of profession.

Was this movie great ? Yes !! And is highly recommended.


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