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The Big Hit
Directed by Kirk Wong
Produced by Warren Zide,
Wesley Snipes
Written by Ben Ramsey
Starring Mark Wahlberg,
Lou Diamond Phillips
Editing by Pietro Scalia
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) April 24, 1998
Running time 91 min.
Language English
Gross revenue $27,007,143 (U.S)[1]

The Big Hit is a 1998 action-comedy film directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Kirk Wong. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould.

The film was shot in Hamilton, and Pickering, Ontario, Canada.[2]



Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg) is a hitman leading a secret life as well as maintaining two relationships, one with the demanding and demeaning Chantel (Lela Rochon), who doesn't accept his work, and another with Pam (Christina Applegate), who knows nothing of his job and has picky, xenophobic parents.

Smiley is somewhat of a pushover, trying to appease all of Chantel's demands, even her most expensive wishes, as well as rolling over whenever one of his co-workers takes credit for his achievements. Perhaps as a result of his helplessness in asserting himself, throughout the early scenes Melvin is often seen drinking Maalox to relieve an incipient ulcer.

Feeling underpaid for their work for mob boss Paris (Brooks), the assassin team of Smiley, Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine), and Gump (Robin Dunne) take an independent job, kidnapping Keiko Nishi (China Chow), the teenage daughter of local electronics magnate Jiro Nishi (Sab Shimono), for a hefty ransom. Unfortunately, the team does not realize that Nishi has recently gone bankrupt over his failed foray into motion pictures -- and furthermore, their boss Paris is the girl's godfather.

Enlisted by the group to hold Keiko, Smiley has to hide the bound- and gagged schoolgirl on his property, attempting to keep her presence hidden from his girlfriend Pam and her family who are coming for dinner. Melvin feels sorry for the girl, and relieves her from her bondage. In the ensuring hours they build up a rapport - preparing dinner together, an act which leads into a love scene reminiscent of the pottery scene from Ghost, but which is cut short when Keiko attempts to escape.

Ordered by Paris to discover the kidnappers of his god-daughter, a nervous Cisco kills Gump but not before being coaxed into also implicating Melvin for the kidnapping. A team of assassins crash Melvin's dinner with Pam's family, leading to a shootout during which Melvin realizes Pam was going to break up with him under pressure from her racist mother. Melvin and Keiko's feelings for each other lead them to form an awkward romance, and she and Melvin attempt to escape from the fiasco, pursued by Cisco. An extended fight erupts, culminating at a video store where the ever-honest Smiley stops to return an overdue tape.

Though Smiley manages to kill Cisco, an explosive device destroys the building, leading to the speculation of Smiley's death while Keiko, her father, and Paris watch the blast from outside. Soon Melvin is revealed to have survived, sheltered from the blast by an enormous solid gold movie stand-up made for the flop that detroyed Nishi's career. Nishi recoups his losses by making a movie out of the story of his daughter's kidnapping.


The Big Hit was filmed for the relatively low budget of 13 million dollars and was produced by John Woo.



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The Big Hit is a 1998 action-comedy film about a neurotic, overworked hit man working for two crime bosses.

Directed by Kirk Wong. Written by Ben Ramsey.
  • Cisco: Well ain't that a bitch... All I wanted to do was to sail my boat, man, you know? Navigate by the stars, see dolphins race alongside, you know, maybe even kill a few of them.
  • Cisco: That's how you do shit! I gots this shit well in control! We're about to get paid.

Quotes about The Big Hit

  • I guess you could laugh at this. You would have to be seriously alienated from normal human values and be nursing a deep-seated anger against movies that make you think even a little, but you could laugh.
  • The film never manages to be much more than an adolescent exercise in caricatures, so inappropriately broad in its humor that it almost makes "Airplane" look like a documentary.

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