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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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Kirk Wong (as Che-Kirk Wong)

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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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a hit...with a twist See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$27,007,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,007,143
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Big Hit" and "American History X" were both released in 1998 and both feature Elliott Gould and Avery Brooks. "American History X" also features Beverly D'Angelo and Edward Norton as mother and son. Mark Wahlberg (Melvin) worked with Norton in "The Italian Job" (2003). Christina Applegate (Pam) worked with D'Angelo in "Vacation" (2015). See more »

Goofs

While Melvin is being chased in the woods by a car driven by Cisco, you can see that the trees being knocked down by the car are pre-cut. See more »

Quotes

Paris: What would you do to someone... who decided to fuck with you in your own house?
Cisco: I'd bust some caps!
Paris: Bust some caps! Give this man a gold star.
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD there are 3 deleted scenes: One of which is an extended sequence where the "crew" talks about Melvin's love life, and how Crunch is going to rent porno that night. The second deleted scene is where Melvin calls Crunch and it shows Vince dressing up in drag, and the third one is where the killer Melvin crew stops at Crunch's and Vince comes in wearing a dress. See more »

Connections

References Ghost (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Trumpet Concerto
(uncredited)
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performed by orchestra
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A HIT!
21 January 2002 | by David, Film FreakSee all my reviews

When a group of hitmen kidnap the goddchild of their boss all hell breaks loose.

This is plot for this awesome comedy/action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Christina Applegate and Antonia Sabato, Jnr.

This is a high-octane comedic look at hitmen - and what would happen if you double-crossed your boss. Turn up the sound on this one, sit back, and be amazed.

It's movies like this that show how good an actor Mark Wahlberg really is. 8.5/10


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