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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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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

Christina Applegate also had a gag, in which she wore cucumbers over her eyes in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991). See more »

Goofs

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

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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Apache
Written by Jerry Lorden (uncredited)
Arranged by Cheryl Cook & Wonder Mike (as Michael Wright)
Performed by Sugarhill Gang
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Castle Communications, PLC
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Feasting On a Diet of Scenery and Ham
11 May 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Big Hit is a nice fast paced black comedy where a whole lot of actors get to chew the scenery without getting in the way of each other's diets. Everyone looks like they're having a great old time in making this film.

A team of four hit men who we first meet doing a job for boss Avery Brooks decide to do a little weekend moonlighting into kidnapping. They kidnap China Chow the daughter of Sab Shimono a Japanese industrialist who they don't know is going bankrupt. He couldn't come up with the payments on his own.

What they don't know also is that she's the goddaughter of Brooks who is determined to find the kidnappers and eliminate them. Like Nixon's staff when Watergate got going, they all start bailing.

The quartet's head, Lou Diamond Phillips does more than that. He turns on the others and names as the scheme's mastermind Mark Wahlberg. In the whole cast Phillips is absolutely relishing every minute of his role. He's stealing the film whenever he's on screen.

Poor Wahlberg, he's the schnook of the bunch who apparently has only one talent in life, he can kill people with efficiency. Away from the trade everybody just intimidates him. He's got two girlfriends, one a Black American Princess, Lela Rochon who's bleeding him dry and a Jewish American Princess, Christina Applegate who's engaged to him, sort of. Even the obnoxious clerk at the video store is getting on his case.

While Phillips is turning on the group, Wahlberg is having a meeting with Applegate and her parents, Lainie Kazan and Elliott Gould. Next to LDP, Kazan and Gould are the best thing in the film also playing their ethnic stereotypes with relish and ketchup on the side.

Believe it or not, it all works out in one crazy way for poor Wahlberg, but you'll have to see and enjoy The Big Hit to find out how.

The Big Hit assembles a cast of familiar players who all look like they're having a great old time, burlesquing their own images and feasting on a diet of scenery and ham. Cut yourself in for a slice.


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