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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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Even Bad Guys Have Bad Days. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Debut produced theatrical movie screenplay of Writer Peter Prince, who had previously worked in television. See more »

Goofs

Various crew members reflected in Tim Roth's sunglasses when Myron tells Braddock 'He's up to something' during their stop at the windmills. See more »

Quotes

[in court, the barrister is asking Willie who took part in a robbery]
Willie: Riordan, Fellows and Mr Corrigan.
Barrister: Not Hopwood?
Willie: No, sir. I think Lennie had flu that day.
[chuckles]
Willie: Or cold feet!
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Connections

Remade as The Hit See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Meet Again
(uncredited)
By Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Performed by Terence Stamp and other cast menbers
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User Reviews

 
John Hurt and Tim Roth make a wonderful team.
24 August 2002 | by miles_colemanSee all my reviews

The writing and acting are outstanding -all the characters are imbued with distinct three-dimensional personalities. The humor is very dry, and there's a deep sense of irony that pervades this film. The thrust of the script, I feel, outlines how human intellect and instinct constantly play a game of one-upsmanship, and the nature of life is, ultimately, unpredictable and beyond our control. A personal favorite.


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