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Encyclopedia > The Big Hit
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
Budget $13,000,000
IMDb profile

The Big Hit is a comedy-action movie from 1998 which served as an acting vehicle for Mark Wahlberg and also starred Lou Diamond Phillips, with appearances by Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 437 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (551 × 755 pixel, file size: 118 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... Ben Ramsey (1903-1985) was a Texas politician who served in a succession of offices during the mid-20th century. ... Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. ... Phillips in August 1987. ... Biography Pietro Scalia was born in Sicily in 1960. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. ... Phillips in August 1987. ... Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress, particularly well-known for playing Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married. ... Brooks as Sisko Avery Franklin Brooks (born October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American actor. ... Elliott Gould (born August 29, 1938), born Elliott Goldstein, was one of the most prominent American film actors in the early 70s, best known for playing Trapper John in the satirical 1970 film M*A*S*H. Time magazine put him on its cover in 1970, when he was at...


Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

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


Quickly it is determined that Smiley is much 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. Melvin is constantly drinking Maalox throughout the early scenes.


Feeling underpaid by their work for mob boss Paris (Brooks), the assassin team of Smiley, Cisco (Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine), take an independent job, to kidnap the teenage daughter (Keiko Nishi, played by China Chow) of a local electronics magnate (played by 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. Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American film and television actor. ... China Chow (born April 1974 in London, England) is the child of late model/designer Tina Chow (who died to AIDS in 1992) and restauranteur Michael Chow. ... Sab Shimono (born Saburo Shimono July 31, 1943) is an American actor of Japanese American descent. ...


Enlisted by the group to hold Keiko, Smiley has to hide the bound and gagged schoolgirl on his property, away from his girlfriend Pam and her family coming for dinner. Eventually Melvin feels sorry for the girl, and lets her out for a bit, and they hit off a rapport, preparing dinner together and leading into a love scene reminiscent of the pottery scene from Ghost which is cut short by the girl's attempted escape. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, in one of the most famous scenes from the movie Ghost is a 1990 romantic comedy-drama-fantasy-thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn and Rick Aviles, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. ...


Ordered by Paris to discover the kidnappers of his god-daughter, a nervous Cisco kills his partner and frames 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 isolationist mother.


Melvin and Keiko's feelings drift towards an awkward romance, and Melvin attempts to escape from the fiasco with her in tow, pursued by Cisco. An extended fight erupts, culminating at a video store where the ever-honest Smiley stops to return an overdue tape, and though Smiley manages to kill Cisco, an explosive device destroys the building, leading to the speculation of Smiley's death. However, he is revealed to have survived, using an enormous movie stand-up made of solid gold (for Nishi's flop) as shelter from the blast.

Spoilers end here.

Cast

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. ... Phillips in August 1987. ... Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress, particularly well-known for playing Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married. ... Brooks as Sisko Avery Franklin Brooks (born October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American actor. ... Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American film and television actor. ... Promotional photo of Antonio Sabato Jr. ... China Chow (born April 1974 in London, England) is the child of late model/designer Tina Chow (who died to AIDS in 1992) and restauranteur Michael Chow. ... Lainie Kazan (born Lainie Levine on May 15, 1940 in New York City) is an American actress and singer. ... Elliot Gould on the cover page of TIME magazine. ... Sab Shimono (born Saburo Shimono July 31, 1943) is an American actor of Japanese American descent. ... Danny Smith is the current Special Teams Coach for the Washington Redskins. ...

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The Big Hit is a dry comedy-action movie from 1998 which served as an acting vehicle for Mark Wahlberg and also starred Lou Diamond Phillips, with appearances by Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould.
Enlisted by the group to hold Keiko, Smiley has to hide the bound and gagged schoolgirl on his property, away from his girlfriend Pam and her family coming for dinner.
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