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The Hitter (1979)

An ex-professional boxer (O'Neal) tries to make a new start when teaming up with a fast talking but ageing hoodlum (Ceaser) and an ex-call girl (Frazier) but soon get more than they ... See full summary »

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Christopher Leitch

Writers:

Christopher Leitch (screenplay), Ben Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron O'Neal ... Otis
Sheila Frazier ... Lola
Adolph Caesar ... Nathan
Bill Cobbs ... Louisiana Slim
Dorothi Fox Dorothi Fox ... Mabel (as Dorothe Fox)
Alfie Brown Alfie Brown ... Sadie
Percy Thomas Percy Thomas ... Bootblack
Ed Heath Ed Heath ... Bartender
Joe Pinckney Joe Pinckney ... Thug
Tony Scott Tony Scott ... Thug
Gorham Scott Gorham Scott ... Card Player
Mike Winder Mike Winder ... Card Player
Joseph Evans Joseph Evans ... Card Player
Dana Terrell Dana Terrell ... Charlotte
Dee Porter Dee Porter ... Gretchen
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An ex-professional boxer (O'Neal) tries to make a new start when teaming up with a fast talking but ageing hoodlum (Ceaser) and an ex-call girl (Frazier) but soon get more than they bargained for when crossing an adversary from their past. Written by Warren Hawkes

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Pool hustler, bare knuckle boxer, stone cold killer whatever it takes to make it See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Call Me Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Mono

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Color
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Nathan: You heard of Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind? Well you lookin' at Dark Gable and Coolin' It Wit Da Breeze.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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I Wish You Well
Performed by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
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Better than most.
13 June 1999 | by Warren HawkesSee all my reviews

Overlooked and under played action drama with O'Neal as a former boxer trying to build a new life after killing another fighter in the ring.

Solid performances from O'Neal and his supporting cast, a cool soundtrack and some genuine laughs make this better than most. The story diversifies from pool hall hustling and whorehouse encounters to big-stake street fights as well as the emotional ties O'Neal's character picks up along the way, elevating it from just another black street-fighting film. The movie begins fairly light-hearted but soon takes on a more serious tone eventually building toward a bullet-ridden revenge finale.

Top marks must go to the late Adolph Caesar who steals almost every scene he's in, and adds greatly to the humour throughout, punching out quick jiving lines Samuel L. Jackson would've been right at home with. As well as taking the edge off O'Neal's routine portrayal, Caesar also handles the sombre scenes with panache, adding to the proceedings the kind of sensitivity Al Pacino delivered in 'Donnie Brasco.'


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