Socially anxious hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert in his lucrative field, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

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Kirk Wong (as Che-Kirk Wong)

Writer:

Ben Ramsey

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Melvin Smiley
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Cisco
Christina Applegate ... Pam Shulman
Avery Brooks ... Paris
Bokeem Woodbine ... Crunch
Antonio Sabato Jr. ... Vince
China Chow ... Keiko Nishi
Lainie Kazan ... Jeanne Shulman
Elliott Gould ... Morton Shulman
Sab Shimono ... Jiro Nishi
Robin Dunne ... Gump
Lela Rochon ... Chantel
Danny Smith ... Video Store Kid
Joshua Peace ... Lance
David Usher David Usher ... Sergio
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Storyline

To payoff his second girlfriend's debt, hitman Melvin Smiley undertakes a kidnapping job with his usual associates. In a world of prospective Jewish in-laws and late movie fees, the hitman falls in love with the victim and must settle the score with those out to double-cross him. Written by UptownRox

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pam sarcastically says that her father Morty "is a regular Brad Pitt." Elliott Gould worked with Brad Pitt in "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007). The trilogy also featured George Clooney and Matt Damon, who have also worked with Mark Wahlberg. Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg have also both worked with Edward Norton and Leonardo Dicaprio. See more »

Goofs

In the early elevator scene, when synchronizing their watches, at least three out of the four watches are out of sync by minutes. See more »

Quotes

Keiko Nishi: You really can't blame Chantel and Pam for taking advantage of you. You make it WAY too easy for them.
Melvin Smiley: Well, I'm not BLAMing them; I mean at least I'm not trying to. At the end of the day all I want them to do is be happy... Ya know, I just can't stand the idea of them not liking me any more. To be perfectly honest, I can't stand the idea of anybody not liking me.
Keiko Nishi: It sounds pretty dysfunctional.
Melvin Smiley: Why do you say that? What do you mean?
Keiko Nishi: I mean, you might suffer from a borderline personality disorder. ...
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release was cut by ca. 4 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fun Lovin' Criminal
Written by Huey Morgan (as Hugh Morgan), Brian Leiser & Steve Borgovini
Performed by Fun Lovin' Criminals
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Hitman with a heart
18 April 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

Wahlberg plays a contract killer who wants no more than to be liked in "The Big Hit"; a solid three star flick which features good action, stunts, pyro, CGI, camera work, etc. Protag Wahlberg juggles two difficult girl friends, a double cross, and a cute kidnapee (Chow) with the demands of his profession in this not-to-be-taken-seriously film with a spritz of romance. A fun and kinetic watch for those into the crime/action/comedy/romance genre mix. (B-)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Hit See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,809,424, 26 April 1998

Gross USA:

$27,007,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,007,143
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SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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