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Hit Me (1996)

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Sonny lives with his intellectually disabled older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in. Sonny is offered a part in a heist that goes wrong.

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Complete credited cast:
... Sonny Rose
... Monique Roux
... Leroy Rose
... Del Towbridge
... Cougar
... Lenny Ish
... Fred Bascomb
... Billy Tungpet
... Policeman
... Mr. Ish's Bodyguard
... Peter Stillwell
Tom Lillard ... Patron
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Sonny lives with his intellectually disabled older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in. Sonny is offered a part in a heist that goes wrong.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »
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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,348, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

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$3,348, 4 October 1998
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Haing S. Ngor's last film. See more »

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When Sonny goes outside to the parking lot to wait for Leroy to show up with the car, his jacket is totally clean with no blood on it. In the shots immediately before and after this, his jacket is spattered with blood on the left shoulder. See more »

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Lenny Ish: Sonny, do you know what I discover when I look out at the stars? How small we are... and brief!
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An insult to Jim Thompson
18 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an utterly putrid film of Jim Thompson's terrific novel, "A Swell-Looking Babe." In adapting the book for the screen, writer Denis Johnson has stripped the novel of all its dark humor and subtext and given us a tepid and dull film.

Gone are the father and the whole McCarthyism subplot, which is crucial to what the protagonist does. And Thompson's denouement was dripping with irony.

Thompson's protagonist was a multi-layered character who had good reasons for what he did. Here, Elias Koteas is just a boring hotel employee. No offense to the actress who plays the femme fatale, but the role needs someone with a lot more substance than she brings to it.

William H. Macy might be highlighted on the DVD box, but he has just one scene. That's it. Come to think of it, he might have been better in the lead role.

Do yourself a favor. Instead of renting this piece of crap, read the novel. Your time and money would be better spent.


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