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The Hit (1984)

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Peter Prince

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Stuart Freddie Stuart ... First Man
Ralph Brown ... Second Man
A.J. Clarke A.J. Clarke ... Third Man
Terence Stamp ... Willie Parker
Lennie Peters Lennie Peters ... Mr. Corrigan
Bernie Searle Bernie Searle ... Hopwood (as Bernie Searl)
Brian Royal Brian Royal ... Fellows
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ... Riordan
Willoughby Gray ... Judge
Jim Broadbent ... Barrister
Manuel de Benito Manuel de Benito ... Juan (as Manuel De Benito)
Juan Calot ... Priest
Enrique San Francisco ... Kidnapper (as Quique San Francisco)
Will More ... Kidnapper (as Joaquin Alonso)
José Luis Fernández 'Pirri' José Luis Fernández 'Pirri' ... Kidnapper (as Jose Luis Fernandez)
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Storyline

Ex-gangster Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) has betrayed his former "colleagues" and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance. But one day, ten years later, two hitmen (Braddock (Sir John Hurt) and Myron (Tim Roth)) show up and kidnap Willie. They are ordered to escort him back to Paris where he should stand trial. But it is a long way to Paris. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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The Killer was nearly Perfect... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ejecución See more »

Filming Locations:

Torre de Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,211, 10 March 1985

Gross USA:

$876,775
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of this movie's most exotic Spanish locales were the waterfall and the Lago del Espejo (Mirror Lake). These are situated at the Monasterio de Piedra (Monastery of the River Piedra) at Nuévalos, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain. Special billing for permission for filming there was featured in the closing credits. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, a black Ford Zephyr Mark III pulls up outside Willie Parker's flat. It has a number plate ending in K, denoting that it was first registered in 1971 or 1972. However this model of car was only made between 1962 and 1966. The DVLA rules on personalised number plates forbid a plate that makes a car look "younger" that its actual year of manufacture. See more »

Quotes

Myron: You've got nothing to smile about mate, if you knew.
Willie: If I knew?
[to Braddock]
Willie: He thinks I don't know.
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We'll Meet Again
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Minor masterpiece
14 June 2005 | by d_nuttleSee all my reviews

A petty gangster rats out his accomplices and goes into protective custody with his new-found penchant for books and thought, until one day retribution arrives in the form of two assassins. The gangster, now a philosopher who claims he is ready for death as just another step in the progression of life, is taken for a long ride across Spain so that the crime boss he ratted out can witness vengeance inflicted.

Talk about your minor masterpieces! This has long been one of my favorites ever since I stumbled across it on one of the premium cable movie channels many years ago.

It's hard to put my finger on just what it is, exactly, that makes this movie great. One can hardly point to substantial character development, because the characters (with one exception) never really become true flesh and blood to us. The plot meanders, truth be told. The dialog is clever but rarely brilliant. So what is it? Certainly the locations and the music, the general ambiance, add a lot to the movie. The car, the clouds of dust, the brilliant Spanish sun, the arc of azure sky, the arid hills, the sultry guitar: these things alone can turn a marginal movie into a good one. Exterior shots predominate, and with good reason. The director knew how to combine simple, pure elements--strong, bold colors, bright sunlight, stark images, and exactly the right sounds--in ways that seem to speak of things larger than themselves.

But I don't mean to make the rest of the movie sound marginal. The characters aren't terribly well fleshed-out, but they are interesting nevertheless. Hurt's character, the silent, wary predator, comes across as a bit stilted, but he makes it work with his craggy face, his angular body, his croaking voice, and especially his eternally weary eyes. (Few characters could have taken on this role without looking ridiculous.) Stamp is also stilted yet convincing as the amateur philosopher and erstwhile rogue at peace with himself and his fate. Roth, even more constricted in his role, also manages to put across a convincing if thoroughly unsavory persona. These actors don't have much to work with, and yet none of them ever slips into crudely cartoonish performances. They remain genuine, to the degree their characters allow.

The real surprise is the girl, Laura del Sol. Her obvious physical charms, barely stuffed into a very small dress, lead the viewer (the pop-eyed male viewer, anyway) into writing her off as mere eye candy, until the confrontation between her and Hurt, and the cruel, angry glow in her eyes, brings it home that here perhaps is the highest talent in this cast. It is she alone who stands out, at the end of the movie, as someone we can recognize and identify with; someone who isn't a mere cypher. What a pity that she has done so little else in English-speaking movies.

Whether you find the ending of this movie satisfying probably says something about your own personality, and how you view concepts like loyalty, crime, vengeance, and justice. I won't go into my own reactions. I'll only say that, when the movie is over, you'll find that, not only have you watched an absorbing movie, but you probably have things to think about.


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