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The Big Hit (1998)

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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.


(as Che-Kirk Wong)




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Video Store Kid
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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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a hit...with a twist See more »

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  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,809,424, 26 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,052,167, 26 July 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Melvin Smiley was originally written for Martin Lawrence. See more »


During the gun shoot out between Melvin and Cisco in Melvin's house, Cisco is seen shooting many bullets at Melvin, when he hits the fridge next to Melvin at first there is 2 bullet holes, Cisco fires 3 shots, then there are 8 bullet holes. Then when you see the fridge again after there are only 2 bullet holes again. See more »


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 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) See more »


Watch Where You Lay Your Head
Written by E-40 (as Earl Stevens) & Marvin Whitemon
Performed by E-40
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Ideal party-movie!
3 December 2004 | by 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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