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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.

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Jiro Nishi
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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 »


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

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24 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Equipa Mortal  »

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$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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1.85 : 1
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Keiko was originally supposed to be a high school student, intentionally as an homage to Asian schoolgirls in animé cartoons. However, certain powers that be found it to be too risqué, and she is now a college student in the film. See more »

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The license plates PA8 - 357 and AD7 - 926 appear on two different vehicles each. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Smiley: Technically, you can call me a hitman.
Keiko Nishi: Really? A hitman? Does that pay well?
Melvin Smiley: Oh of course. I make a killing.
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Features King Kong Lives (1986) 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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Mark Whalberg: Urban Hit man - Gen X style
23 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is about a day in the life of a hit man played by actor Mark Whalberg. Melvin (Mark Whalberg) has good life thanks to his talent as a hit man, but has very working class mentality going about his life. But none of the girls he associates with shares his work ethics, but just sees him as a cash cow, and a guy to dump all their troubles on to, until Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips) kidnaps a Japanese mogul Jiro's (Sab Nishi) daughter Keiko (China Chow) and dumps her on to his lap. Keiko is the first to sympathize with Melvin and hits it off with him.

There are three stories going on simultaneously in this movie: One with Cisco and his boss Paris (Avery Brooks) who's a friend of Jiro's and wants the guy who kidnapped Keiko dead (not knowing that it's actually Cisco who did it). Second with Melvin's girl friend Pam (Christina Applegate) who's Jewish, and has a mother who is against her marrying this Irish Catholic guy. Third with Melvin and Keiko who's being kept at his house. All three converge at Melvin's house at lunch, and pandemonium breaks loose.

The story line is one of the most original, and is a feel good movie '90s style where the under dog anti-hero gets the good he deserves in the end. The riot is seeing all the other materialistic people around Melvin all trying to take advantage of him showing how nice of a guy he is despite his choice of profession.

Was this movie great ? Yes !! And is highly recommended.


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