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The Big Hit (1998)

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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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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£31,433 (UK) (25 June 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the script, Melvin had more of a back story 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 »


After Melvin's Yellow Firebird hits his girlfriend's Jaguar, you can see heavy damage to the left front of the car. The damage disappears in subsequent scenes. See more »


Cisco: Why don't you just dump the bitch?
Melvin: The truth?
Cisco: Yeah, I want the truth.
Crunch: You can't handle the truth!
Cisco: (to Crunch) Shut the fuck up!
Melvin: The truth is, I can't handle the idea of her not liking me. I can't handle the idea of ANYBODY not liking me.
Cisco: Hey Melvin, the hundred or so people you've killed in the last five years, more than likely have families that don't think too highly of you. (Laughs)
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References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »


Someone to Call My Own
Written by Monica Behan & Melanie Vasquez
Performed by Behan Johnson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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A great action comedy.
4 September 2001 | by (Fredrikstad,Norway) – See all my reviews

You must not think of this movie as a pure action movie,because it is not ment to be. This is one of the best action/comedys that are ever made. It mixes the humor with the action so well and the story is just plain nuts.The movie takes new directions all the time and it never stops to surprise you. The main characters gets involved in the most redicolues dilemmas you have ever seen and I guarantee that you will laugh many times.This movie also has some very violent scenes and some bad language.So it is not for kids. In the main roles you will find Mark Wahlberg,Christina Applegate and Lou Diamond Phillips which is my best friend Ole Martin's favourite actor.

So if you are looking for a laugh and some great action then this is the movie for you.

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