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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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a hit...with a twist 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

Glasses on table are changing position during discussion between Melvin, Pamela and Jeanne. See more »

Quotes

Cisco: She ain't no bitch, huh? Oh, I see - you "like" this girl? Shit, man, come on! She tricked you: just another ho manipulating your sorry ass to get what she wants.
Melvin Smiley: You don't know what the fuck you're talkin' about, man. That's not true.
Cisco: You never learn! Haven't I taught you nothin'? She don't like you! Hell, man, I don't fucking like you!
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Cruise
Written by Haldane Browne, Chad Simpson & Wallace Wilson
Performed by Red Rat
Courtesy of Main Street Records
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If you think the movie was supposed to be serious, you missed the point...
13 January 2001 | by vincea1906See all my reviews

I had absolutely no idea that this movie was supposed to be a silly, spoofy action film when I saw it at the theater. The first 10 minutes makes this perfectly clear. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for just being "guilty pleasure" escapist entertainment. Yes the movie is silly and corny - but that was the intent of the film.

Its more than understandable that this movie isn't for everybody, either you love it or hate it. However, if you watched the movie and took it seriously (ie the breakdancing during the first 'hit'), then you definitely missed the point. 8 out of 10.


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