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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$27,052,167 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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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 »


When Chantel is pulling away with Sergio. See more »


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 »


She's The One
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
Courtesy of World Party
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Let us not forget the trace buster buster buster
6 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Indeed Mark Wahlberg is a bit cack in most of his films, but The Big Hit is a masterpiece of comedy. The action is fun, but is not meant to be taken seriously. I think that some people might have watched this film expecting a standard action film, in which case I can understand their disappointment. It's just good fun and Lou Diamond Phillips is brilliant. His over-the-top performance is perfect and is something I'll never forget.

The Big Hit is one of those films where you either get it or you don't. If you don't then I can understand how it might seem a bit two-dimensional. However, anyone who hasn't seen it should take a chance.

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