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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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Gump
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Video Store Kid
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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 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

At the beginning of gunfight in Melvin's house, Morton puked on Cisco. But only few seconds after that Cisco's suit is clean. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie: Ladies, you're so fine I want to pour milk over you and make you a part of my complete breakfast.
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References Thunderheart (1992) See more »

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Voto Latino
Written by Ismael Fuentes De Garay
Performed by Molotov
Courtesy of Universal-Curco Record Venture
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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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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