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The Hitman (1991)

A Cop goes undercover as a Hitman to bring down a criminal organization.


Aaron Norris




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Cliff Garrett / Grogan
Michael Parks ... Ronny 'Del' Delaney
Al Waxman ... Marco Luganni
Alberta Watson ... Christine De Vera
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Tim Murphy
Ken Pogue ... Chambers
Marcel Sabourin ... Andre Lacombe
Bruno Gerussi Bruno Gerussi ... Nino
Frank Ferrucci ... Shahad
James Purcell James Purcell ... Sal
Candus Churchill ... Kate
A.C. Peterson ... Lemke (as Alan Peterson)
Paris Mileos Paris Mileos ... Scolari
Alex Bruhanski ... Scarlini
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Galione


After surviving an attempt on his life by his former partner, officer Cliff Garrett (Norris) exacts revenge on those who wronged him by going undercover as a hit man. He works to gain the reputation and trust needed in order to be accepted by the burgeoning Seattle-area criminal underworld, but it is all done in order to take it down from within. Written by Anonymous

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He's so far undercover he may never get back. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gangster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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An early draft of the screenplay featured Garrett and Grogan as two separate characters, both of whom are set up for murder on the same night...Garrett by Delaney's corruption ring (because he refused to join and clearly intended to expose his crooked partner), and Grogan by his own boss (because he was disturbingly popular in the ranks and was hitting on the boss's daughter). Both Garrett and Grogan survive their respective setups, although each suffers a complete loss of memory as a result. The two men read each other's obituaries and assume each other's identities; Grogan challenges Delaney for control of the dirty cops, while Garrett seeks refuge from the Cosa Nostra with their Russian rivals. Gradually, both men regain their memories as both careen toward a bloody showdown with each other.

This draft was revised when Cannon considered it too similar to Charles Beaumont's novella "In His Image". See more »


The movie is set in Seattle. However, partway through the scene where Brogan is in Marco's car with a couple of his goons, a steam clock whistles. The clock is in Vancouver. See more »


Chris Garret: [police arriving outside, Garret has Del tied into a chair hanging out of the window] Now if you feel the need to piss your pants Del? just squeeze them cheeks... real tight...
Detective Chambers: [approaching Garret who is near Del at the window] Ok Garret, we'll take it from here...
Chris Garret: It's just about time anyway...
Detective Chambers: [walking after Garret who has started walking away from the window where Del's chair is rigged with a bomb] What's that mean?... Garret...
Detective Chambers: [Del explodes, Chambers is shocked] Damn it Garret... we wanted him ...
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Written by Floyd Jones and Alan Wilson
Performed by Andy Prieboy
Courtesy of Dr. Dream Records, Inc.
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Used by arrangement with Frederick Music Company and EMI Unart Catalog Inc.
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smooth flowing action movie with humane Norris
19 June 2004 | by moviestoseeSee all my reviews

The action scenes are nicely orchestrated and not overdone for this day and age. Norris' anti-racist stance by punching out a racial bigot gives him a very humane and caring character in spite of being a hit man. I particularly like the part where he intrudes on a group of Islamic gangsters eating food, sticks his fingers in their food, tastes it and comments "Do you guys really eat this sh**? Michael Parks and Al Waxman are excellent in their supporting roles. The movie nicely combines Norris' neighbourly concern over the plight of a tenant and her son with his undercover police assignment to take down the bad guys. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this movie a 7.

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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,290,442, 27 October 1991

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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