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Wild Target (2009)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  18 June 2010 (UK)
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A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans.

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Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice, Tony. Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client. Written by Anonymous

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They said 'Take her out'. He got the wrong idea.

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,174 (USA) (29 October 2010)

Gross:

$117,190 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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The character played by Bill Nighy holds guns with just a thumb and middle finger, with his index on the trigger. This unusual grip is because he suffers from Dupuytren's contracture, which means he can't straighten the ring and little fingers on each hand See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) As Victor is leaning back against the brick wall with the headphones on you can clearly see that the wall is painted to appear to be brick but is not actually brick. See more »

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[repeated line]
Rose: What do you weigh?
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Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

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In a Mellow Mood
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My 336th Review: Excellent remake - and the funniest movie in its genre since Shooting Fish
27 August 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

For those who haven't seen Ciblé Émovante from 1993 do. But Wild Target is seriously a tremendous remake.

Very very funny and just plain good fun - this harks back to the golden age of British comedies, sidesteps (in the main) Guy Ritchie and goes for that same vibe that Shooting Fish had.

The plot of the buttoned-down assassin and the kooky girl and the guy who gets involved by mistake is a vehicle to hang some great lines and situations on; let's just say it involves art forgery, hired guns, kleptomania, and Snowy the Cat. Brilliant stuff. Bill Nighy does his usual comic timing to perfection and he and Emily Blunt, along with the two Ruperts, Grint and Everett, bring a real sense of fun to this. Well supported and very well directed there's not much to complain about here - it's just a great comedy and taken as that you could do much worse.

Honestly, we haven't laughed or just flat out enjoyed a film this much in a long time - it's got a wonderful vibe to it that just makes watching it fun - and after all it's nice to get back to some good old fashioned killing without all the pizazz....

Highly recommended if you like British comedies, do try to get to see the french original, it's a corker, but this, this one is going in my collection....


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