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The Big Hit (1998)

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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Jeanne Shulman
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Morton Shulman
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Jiro Nishi
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Gump
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Chantel
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Video Store Kid
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Lance
David Usher ...
Sergio
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Equipa Mortal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,809,424 (USA) (26 April 1998)

Gross:

$27,052,167 (USA) (26 July 1998)
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China Chow, who plays Keiko Nishi, despite claiming to have not cooked before (in the kitchen scene) is in real-life, the daughter of famous restaurateur, Michael Chow. See more »

Goofs

Prior to Mark Wahlberg's character fleeing his house after the shootout, China Chow's character is placed in the trunk of the car. She is gagged and her hands are shown cuffed behind her back. During the car chase, she escapes the trunk by entering the passenger compartment via the back seat and crawls forward. While crawling, her hands are clearly visible in front of her and lacking handcuffs, although she retains the gag. See more »

Quotes

Cisco: [In the car driving to kidnap China] Hey,Yo Gump, I don't want no fuck-ups on this kidnapping boy.
Gump: C'mon Yo, I ain't like that no more kid. You know I gots my shit... uh, uhm,
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Gump: ...
Cisco: Together! You gots your shit Together, you non-word remembering mutha fucka.
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References Spring Break (1983) 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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Mark Whalberg: Urban Hit man - Gen X style
23 January 2006 | by (United States) – 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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