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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:
Jeanne Shulman
Morton Shulman
Jiro Nishi
Video Store Kid
David Usher ...


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 »

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)


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

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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 they brought Keiko in wood all windows on right side of the limo were closed. When they left the place front right window was opened. See more »


Keiko Nishi: It says "businesses." That's what it says. You said for me to read the note; not to improve it.
Cisco: Oh! "Improve!" What are you... Meryl-fuckin'-Streep?
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References Bullet in the Head (1990) See more »


She's The One
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
Courtesy of World Party
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watch it for fun
31 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are some movies that you just watch to relax and enjoy some great one-liners, and some movies you watch for the hilarious plot. This is one of both of those types of movies. A situational dark comedy, watch this one when you just want entertainment that makes you laugh. This is the story of a hit-man who is trying to get ahead by doing the dirty work all of his friends create. Turns out he is very talented at what he does. If you would like to see Mark Wahlberg in an early role, I'd recommend this one. He plays the straight-man so well. The characters are so well-casted. I enjoyed the humor. To like this one, you can't take life too seriously. If you've ever seen "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", this has similar humor, but it's like "L, S and TSB" on Prozac. Tame enough for most of your friends, but still funny enough to get a belly-laugh. I bought it sight-unseen and have been very happy with it!

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