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The Big Hit1998

The Big Hit (1998)



Critic Consensus: The Big Hit seeks to blend the best of Hong Kong and American action cinema, but ends up offering a muddled mush that mostly misses.

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this goofy-fun Hollywood-Hong Kong action comedy as a sweet-natured hit man who falls in love with a kidnapping hostage and ends up in a death struggle with a former partner.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Melvin Smiley
Christina Applegate
as Pam Schulman
Lela Rochon
as Chantel
Elliott Gould
as Morton Schulman
Lainie Kazan
as Jeanne Schulman
Sab Shimono
as Jiro Nishi
Danny Smith
as Video Store Kid
Gerry Mendicino
as Slave Trader
John Stoker
as Sid Mussberger
Derek Peels
as Windbush
Danny Lima
as Aaron the Limo Driver
Morgan Freeman
as Boy in Hotel Lobby
Giovahann White
as Paris's Son
Bobby Hannah
as Paris's Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Big Hit

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

The Big Hit is nothing more, or less, than a big goof.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In its non-A-list way, The Big Hit is the most successful attempt yet to transfer the Hong Kong action movie to Hollywood.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4

...crude and bloody but effective action comedy...

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4

Score it big-time inane but a load of fun.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Insatiable moviegoers are advised to wait till this action-comedy, written by Ben Ramsey, thuds into video stores; tasteful moviegoers will avoid it altogether.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As low- intelligence entertainment goes, this film is very much a hit-and-miss affair.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Hit

Melvin: The truth is, I can't handle the idea of her not liking me. I can't handle the idea of ANYBODY not liking me. Cisco: Hey Melvin, the hundred or so people you've killed in the last five years, more than likely have families that don't think too highly of you. I Always have fun watching this movie, a hit-man comedy that is self-aware, never taking itself seriously, and full of some cool action. Mark Wahlberg is a "nice" hitman, who just wants everyone to be copacetic. He has money problems due to his fiance and his bloodsucking girlfriend. Other subplots involving the discovery of masturbation, acceptance of different religions, and kidnapping, what a joy. The action scenes go back and forth between very cool and ridiculously over the top. More random humor to follow as well (all signs point to the tracebuster-buster). 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. The cast also includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould, further fueliing the absurdity. Paris: What would you do to someone, who was fucking with you in your own house? Cisco: I'd bust some caps! My absolute favorite Guilty Pleasure movie, even more so than Starship Troopers. Melvin Smiley: Technically, you can call me a hitman. Keiko Nishi: Really? A hitman? Does that pay well? Melvin Smiley: Oh of course. I make a killing.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

Hollywood failing once more in trying to replicate Hong Kong action/crime flicks.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


Hey Hey! Now that Ive FINALLY got the DVD, I can do a proper review! Man, they dont make them like they used to. All the overblown, adrenalin charged action scenes, the grace and beauty not just in the choreography but in the number of bullets and explosions one can throw in. Those were the good ole days, and along with movies like Face Off, Broken Arrow and Replacement Killers, this sorta ventures into the Action/Comedy zone, and does pretty well, I loved it. I guess this is the movie which bought Mark Wahlberg into the action genre, playing the too nice hit man, in contrast to the devilish Lou Diamond Phillips, who was hilarious as the out of control killer. Aside from the director Kirk Wong (Crime Story), the movie was produced by John Woo and Wesley Snipes, so the action shines, and not too much fancy pants stuff, just some slick moves and fight scenes and interesting comedy moments, some which were stolen from other movies, but of course, who gives a F? im having too much fun watching it. And for all action/Hong Kong style fans, so would you.

Khris N
Khris N

Super Reviewer

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