The Big Hit (1998)
Front Cover Actor
Mark Wahlberg Melvin Smiley
Lou Diamond Phillips Cisco
Christina Applegate Pam Shulman
Bokeem Woodbine Crunch
Antonio Sabato Jr. Vince
China Chow Keiko Nishi
Avery Brooks Paris
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 Sergio
Hardee T. Lineham Accountant
Gerry Mendicino Slave Trader
Robert Eaton Pimp (as Robert Vernon Eaton)
John Stoneham Pimp
Nicola Jones Blonde
Alexa Gilmour Aly, Keiko's Friend
John Stocker Sid Mussberger, the Neighbor
Cotton Mather Moe
Derrick J. Peels Windbush
Tig Fong Kaya
Danny Lima Aaron, the Limo Driver
Morgan Freeman Boy in Hotel Lobby
Giovahann White Paris' Son
Robert Hannah Paris' Driver
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio Extra (uncredited)
Layton Morrison Guard (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Action; Thriller
Director Kirk Wong
Producer Wesley Snipes; Warren Zide
Writer Ben Ramsey
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 91 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Film fans might someday recognize 1997 and '98 as the years Hong Kong came to Hollywood. Stars Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh all appeared in major Hollywood projects and directors John Woo, Ronny Yu, and Tsui Hark directed Face/Off, Bride of Chucky, and Knock Off, respectively. Another entry into this new era of entertainment is The Big Hit, directed by Che-Kirk Wong (who also directed Jackie Chan in Crime Story), executive produced by John Woo, and produced by Wesley Snipes. Mark Wahlberg leads this all-American cast in a played-for-laughs macho blowout. Rounding out the testosterone brigade are Lou Diamond Phillips (sprouting a gold-capped tooth and a dirty mouth), Bokeem Woodbine (who, according to this DVD's director audio track, wore extra socks where it counts), Antonio Sabàto Jr., and Avery Brooks. Wahlberg plays Melvin Smiley, a nice-guy hit man with an ulcer and a severe insecurity problem. He's short on cash due to the spending habits of his unsuspecting fiancée Pam (Christina Applegate) and his girlfriend-on-the-sly Chantel (Lela Rochon). He and his crew decide to do a little freelancing and cook up their own heist to make a little mo' money--specifically by kidnapping Keiko (China Chow), the daughter of a Japanese businessman whom they target for ransom. Little do they know her dad is broke and she's the goddaughter of their boss. The Big Hit has action scenes aplenty (one of the stunt coordinators worked on Woo's The Killer and Bullet in the Head) and the same cornball sense of humor as other films in the Hong Kong action genre. Slick pacing and over-the-top humor made this movie a miss with the critics but a fun ride for fans of Hong Kong-styled action. --Shannon Gee
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 26
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 043396026063
Release Date 2001
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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