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The Big Hit (1998)

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

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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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Chantel
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Video Store Kid
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Lance
David Usher ...
Sergio
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Storyline

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

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

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 »

Quotes

Melvin Smiley: Technically, you can call me a hitman.
Keiko Nishi: Really? A hitman? Does that pay well?
Melvin Smiley: Oh of course. I make a killing.
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Connections

References A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Is New
Written by Brian Mashburn
Performed by Save Ferris
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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If you think the movie was supposed to be serious, you missed the point...
13 January 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I had absolutely no idea that this movie was supposed to be a silly, spoofy action film when I saw it at the theater. The first 10 minutes makes this perfectly clear. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for just being "guilty pleasure" escapist entertainment. Yes the movie is silly and corny - but that was the intent of the film.

Its more than understandable that this movie isn't for everybody, either you love it or hate it. However, if you watched the movie and took it seriously (ie the breakdancing during the first 'hit'), then you definitely missed the point. 8 out of 10.


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