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Release Date:
20 June 2004 (Canada) See more »
Add a deadbeat son-in-law, a grandfather on the edge, and an unlikely assassin - and you have the recipe for a hilarious hit! See more »
User Reviews:
Oh for cryin out loud, will someone post a real review already? See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Judd Hirsch ... Gideon Schub

Gil Bellows ... Jeff Klein

Mercedes Ruehl ... Esther

Conrad Dunn ... Valenti

Reagan Pasternak ... Natalie Klein

Danny Aiello ... Nathan
Onalee Ames ... All-or-Nothing Producer
Damien Atkins ... Fisk
Albert Chung ... Derective Woo
Ernesto Griffith ... Detective Wilder
Louis Kliman ... Myron
Paul Lachance ... David
Nathaniel Lachance ... David

Jane Luk ... Dr. Sakamoto
Richard McMillan ... Superintendant

Joe Pingue ... Petey
Karl Pruner ... Rex Ventura

Shawn Roberts ... Alpha Boy
Lora Schroeder ... Judge
Mike Silver ... Pauley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Governo ... Boxer (uncredited)

Adam Smoluk ... Young Nathan (uncredited)

Directed by
Melanie Mayron 
Writing credits
Michael Amo (written by)

Adrian Humphreys  an article by

Produced by
Carolynne Bell .... co-producer
Jamie Brown .... executive producer
Paul Brown .... executive producer
Paul Brown .... producer
Claire Freeland .... associate producer
Lynne Skromeda .... line producer
Original Music by
Mike Shields  (as Michael Shields)
Cinematography by
Luc Montpellier 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Forrest & Forrest 
Karen Margiotta 
Mary Margiotta 
Production Design by
Taavo Soodor 
Art Direction by
Réjean Labrie  (as Rejean Labrie)
Set Decoration by
Stephen Arndt 
Costume Design by
Wanda Farian 
Makeup Department
Pamela M. Athayde .... key makeup artist
Lori Caputi .... key hair stylist
Frances Hans .... first assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Carolynne Bell .... production manager
Anne Fenn .... executive in charge of production
Claire Freeland .... post-production supervisor
Anastasia Geras .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Anderson .... second assistant director
Megan Heke .... trainee assistant director
Ronaldo Nacionales .... first assistant director
Tiffany Taylor .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ricardo Alms .... on-set dresser
Aaron Anderson .... lead dresser
Billy Baker .... key scenic artist (as William Baker)
Ryan Berzuk .... assistant property master
Hamish Buchanan .... second assistant art director
Olaf Dux .... construction coordinator
Chad Giesbrecht .... art department trainee
Charles Gustafson .... paint foreman
Scott Hopper .... set dresser
Debbie Kuzina .... set buyer (as Deborah Kuzina)
Bill Sinosich .... head carpenter
Larry Spittle .... property master
Mark Stratton .... props buyer
Lawrence Zglobicki .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Kathy Choi .... sound effects editor
Erik Culp .... foley mixer
Peter Gibson .... sound editing facility
Barry Gilmore .... adr editor
Ronayne Higginson .... dialogue editor
Leon Johnson .... production sound mixer
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Brent MacLean .... assistant sound editor
David McCallum .... supervising sound editor
Steve Moore .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Paul Morrow .... boom operator
Brent Pickett .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Rolnick .... adr recording engineer
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
David Yonson .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Mark Gebel .... special effects coordinator
Tim Harding .... special effects assistant
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator
Rick Skene .... stunt driver
Sean Skene .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Balcaen .... best boy grip
François Balcaen .... key grip
Ryan Beresford .... lamp operator
Samuel R. Brown .... grip
John Clarke .... best boy electric
Greg Crawford .... grip
Michael Drabot .... gaffer
Keith Eidse .... second assistant camera
Allen Fraser .... still photographer
Marc Gagnon .... generator operator
Matthew Hannam .... camera trainee
Steve Madden .... dolly grip
Sharon McIntyre .... electrician
Len Peterson .... first assistant camera
Nicolas Phillips .... electrician
Brent Robinson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Daniel Sauvé .... Steadicam operator
Daniel Sauvé .... camera operator
Casting Department
Timothy Cruly .... extras casting director
Timothy Cruly .... extras casting
Kathy Driscoll .... casting: Winnipeg (as Kathleen Driscoll)
Patricia Kress .... extras casting assistant
Lori Stefaniuk .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Boulet .... set costume supervisor
Heather Neale .... truck costumer
Maureen Petkau .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Brian Karn .... on-line editor
Tad Seaborn .... assistant editor
Michael Thibodeau .... colorist
Location Management
Sarah Jane Cundell .... location manager
Martin Ellis .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Douglas Romanow .... accordion
Douglas Romanow .... music engineer
Douglas Romanow .... music mixer
Douglas Romanow .... music recording engineer
Douglas Romanow .... music recordist
Douglas Romanow .... musician: keyboards
Douglas Romanow .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Douglas Arsenault .... transportation captain
Brian 'Shaky' Johnson .... driver
Glen Kerr .... driver: hair/make-up/wardrobe truck
Jason LaFrance .... picture vehicle coordinator
Ron Mymryk .... transportation coordinator
John Mysyk .... transportation coordinator
Corey Walker .... driver: cast
Other crew
Dave Brown .... firearms safety coordinator
B. Pat Burns .... stand-in
Tyson Caron .... production assistant
Michael Chirsky .... production assistant (as Mike Chirsky)
Lisa Craik .... assistant production accountant
Denys Curle .... assistant craft service (as Denyse Curle)
Colette Desjardins .... production accountant (as Collette Desjardins)
Jean Du Toit .... assistant production coordinator
Crysler Jamieson .... assistant craft service
Allan McGowan .... security officer
Crystal Mikoluff .... assistant production accountant
Alanna Mills .... script supervisor
Laura Neufeld .... production coordinator
Diana Phipps .... facility coordinator
Russell Roth .... on-set craft service
Markian Saray .... production assistant
Beth Sulman .... publicist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Running with the Hitman" - USA (video title)
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87 min
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Released on DVD as "Running With The Hitman"See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Oh for cryin out loud, will someone post a real review already?, 9 February 2011
Author: rooprect from New York City

As of the time I'm posting this, 7 years after the movie's release, there are 3 reviews on IMDb. One is from some guy talking about how his film professor produced this & bought him a beer, another is about the evolution of the Canadian film industry, and the third is from a disgruntled casting agent who is demanding to be added to the credits. And the 4th (me) is some moron complaining about the other 3. A fine bunch are we.

This excellent film deserves much better than this. ZEYDA AND THE HIT MAN surprised & entertained the heck out of me, despite what you might be led to believe by its anemic IMDb response. It's one of the most satisfying crime-comedies I've seen since THE MAIDEN HEIST (another obscure gem), and while it's not the screwball comedy farce that the DVD cover may lead you to expect, it packs some great, subtle, situational humour that gives it a classy charm. If you like intelligently-written stories like DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS or DEATH AT A FUNERAL (original version) or maybe even SUICIDE KINGS, then I think you'll really enjoy this movie. All of these stories are pretty minimal in terms of staging, forsaking big sight gags in lieu of more intimate, dialogue- driven entertainment. And in all of these examples, the ending ties everything up in a clever, unexpected way.

This movie centers around a couple of ordinary Canuck schmucks who get themselves neck deep in baba ganoush. Oy vey, eh? Yes, if the world had more Jewish-Canadian hit men, it would be a much funnier place. Orbiting around the 2 main characters (expertly played by Tony Aiello & Judd Hirsch) are some equally bizarre personalities: a deadbeat, hypochondriac son-in-law who is obsessed with becoming a game show contestant, his cluelessly devoted wife, a crime boss whose 2 loser sons would much sooner be working at The Gap than being criminal masterminds. You soon realize that this is a film about people who don't belong in their chosen walks of life, and as the story progresses, a powerful statement materializes. If you're paying attention, the final scenes really deliver a powerful punch.

There are some additional stylistic touches that make this a treat to watch. Nice use of urban scenery, excellent musical score (think Fiddler on the Roof without lyrics), and a clever 'storyteller' narrative, like in The Princess Bride, which adds foreshadowing, suspense and closure. For what it aims to do, this production pulls it off flawlessly.

If you're on this page reading these reviews, chances are you're debating whether or not to watch this movie. Chances are you enjoy digging up obscure films that are off the beaten Hollywood path. If so, I say go for it. You won't be disappointed.

By the way, this is a completely family-friendly film, suitable for viewing with your kids or puritanical parents alike. There's no nudity, sex, gratuitous violence, profanity... and there are no peanuts in halvah!! (watch the movie and you'll see what I mean)

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