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The Big Hit (1998)

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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.

Director:

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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Nothing's more dangerous than some nice guys... with a little time to kill. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Equipa Mortal 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,052,167, 26 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As a practical joke on the set, Bokeem Woodbine stuffed the front of his pants with socks for the scenes that took place in the gym locker room. See more »

Goofs

When Keiko hit Melvin with hammer her leg was still dirty. In next shot, when she started to run, her both legs were clean. See more »

Quotes

Cisco: C'mon, Mel. You know I love you, baby!
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD there are 3 deleted scenes: One of which is an extended sequence where the "crew" talks about Melvin's love life, and how Crunch is going to rent porno that night. The second deleted scene is where Melvin calls Crunch and it shows Vince dressing up in drag, and the third one is where the killer Melvin crew stops at Crunch's and Vince comes in wearing a dress. See more »

Connections

References The Newlydeads (1988) 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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