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Hired to Kill (1990)

A fashion photographer and seven models travel to a South American island fortress, ostensibly to do a fashion shoot. In reality, the photographer is a mercenary, and their job is to free ... See full summary »


Fred Perry (as Fred C. Perry), Kirk Ellis | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Thompson ... Frank Ryan
Oliver Reed ... Michael Bartos
George Kennedy ... Thomas
José Ferrer ... Rallis
Michelle Moffett Michelle Moffett ... Ana
Barbara Niven ... Sheila (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
Jordana Capra ... Joanna
Kendall Conrad Kendall Conrad ... Daphne
Kim Lonsdale ... Sivi
Jude Mussetter Jude Mussetter ... Dahlia
Penelope Reed Penelope Reed ... Katrina
David Sawyer ... Louis
Antzela Gerekou Antzela Gerekou ... Tara (as Angela Gerekou)
Fanny Xidis Fanny Xidis ... Prison Guard
Alea Bair Alea Bair ... Photo Model


A fashion photographer and seven models travel to a South American island fortress, ostensibly to do a fashion shoot. In reality, the photographer is a mercenary, and their job is to free an imprisoned rebel leader. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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No man on Earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try. See more »


Action | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The monologue by Rallis (José Ferrer) was originally meant to be longer. The crew ended up shooting a rehearsal of Ferrer's revised monologue based on a suggestion by Ferrer. Ferrer's monologue was one hundred percent flawless. See more »


Prison Guard: Gisele Sivi! One of these days, you'll oil your body and wrestle with me.
Sivi: You're not even in my league, shitface!
Prison Guard: You're lucky you have visitors around. But they can't stay forever. When they leave, you come to my room and I'll put out my cigarette on your nipples.
[Sivi spits on the floor by way of response]
Prison Guard: .
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Not a great action movie but still enjoyable and full of nostalgia
17 August 2020 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

When I checked for the first time the IMDB page for HIRED TO KILL I was torn between curiosity and repulsion. Curiosity because it has lots of good looking women, lots of exotic locations and also George Kennedy and Josè Ferrer in the cast. Repulsion because it has a low score and the lead is played by Brian Thompson (who at that time looked like the poor man's version of Sylvester Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme). However I ended up enjoying it very much and I couldn't believe the bad reputation this movie had for years.

The movie is about mercenary Frank Ryan (Thompson) who is summoned by Agent Thomas (Kennedy) to go to Cyprus and free a revolutionary leader (Ferrer) held hostage by President Bartos (Oliver Reed). At the beginning Frank is reluctant, but in the end he accepts and he has its own plan: he poses as a fashion photographer and lets some women mercenaries pose as his models and after some photoshoots they go to the mission. How they will make it? See the movie.

This movie is nothing special. It has lots of action and some cool sequences here and there. I think that people who lived in the 1990s and who even saw it back then would have lots of nostalgia since there are also some songs of that period.

However, don't expect a masterpiece of the action genre like DIE HARD or POINT BREAK. Just think about it like one of the many B-movies of the genre that were made in a period when they usually went also straight to video that can be enjoyed even by non-fans of the genre.

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Release Date:

28 April 1990 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Corfu, Greece

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Omega Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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