Big HitDirector: Kirk Wong, Che-Kirk Wong
Kirk Wong directed this comedy actioner about mild-mannered, beleaguered hitman Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg), who very much wants to be liked. However, the naive Mel is being taken advantage of by both his girlfriends and associates (who cheat him out of his bonuses). Mel and his "Odd Squad" -- Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine), Vince (Antonio Sabato Jr.), and Gump (Robin Dunne) -- work for Paris (Avery Brooks), head of an international crime cartel and a contractor for hit jobs. Mel's mistress Chantel (Lela Rochon), who views him as a meal ticket, lives rent-free in his house, misspends his money, and is continually thinking of ways to get more from him. Her latest scheme is concocting tales about overdue mortgage and car payments, but she really wants the money to run away with her lover Sergio. Mel and his team head into a big shootout to waste some rival mobsters. One person kills the electricity; the others don night-vision goggles. Melvin handles most of the action, including shooting while bungee-bouncing near a staircase, finally making a spectacular bungee-exit from the top floors of the building just as it explodes in flames. A quick and easy weekend job backfires when their kidnap victim, a rich industrialist's teenage daughter Keiko Nishi (China Chow), turns out to be the godchild of their boss, crime czar Paris. When Cisco, mastermind of the plan, is summoned by Paris, he manages to shift blame to Mel. Meanwhile, Chantel absconds with Mel's earnings just as the disapproving parents (Elliott Gould, Lainie Kazan) of Mel's fiancee Pam (Christina Applegate) are due for a visit. Since Pam gave her parents $50,000 from Mel's bank account, they're on their way to thank him and hopefully benefit from another financial windfall. As his professional and domestic woes collide, Mel finds himself dodging bullets while trying to impress his potential in-laws. Throw in an overzealous video-store clerk demanding the return of an overdue tape (King Kong Returns), and it's not long before Mel's life starts to unravel.
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Cast & Crew
|Mark Wahlberg||Melvin Smiley|
|Lou Diamond Phillips||Cisco|
|Christina Applegate||Pam Shulman|
|China Chow||Keiko Nishi|
|Lainie Kazan||Jeanne Shulman|
|Elliott Gould||Morton Shulman|
|Sab Shimono||Jiro Nishi|
|Danny Smith||Video Store Kid|
|Jeffrey Steven Authors||Asst. Director|
|Terence Chang||Executive Producer|
|John M. Eckert||Score Composer,Executive Producer|
|Douglas Ganton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Craig Lathrop||Art Director|
|Margaret M. Mohr||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Graeme Revell||Score Composer|
|Taavo Soodor||Production Designer|
|Andrew M. Stearn||Art Director|
|John Woo||Executive Producer|
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great movie espically with Mark he is so hot so awesome movie.
i thouroughly enjoyed the acting and lines of this movie. my husband and i watch it repeatedly and the friends we have shared it with agree that it's a riot.
this is the worst movie I have ever seen. It makes the remake of ROLLERBALL look like CITIZEN KANE. I would rather watch public access tv. I am amazed that this movie ever got green lit for production. I understand that it is supposed to be campy and over the top but it just doesn't work.
It's executive produced by John Woo- one of the greatest film directs of all time. Any weakness in the plot is more than made up for by the incredible action sequences!! The story is written to draw you into the lives of the characters being portrayed but basically its the awesome action scenes that make this movie so great to watch!
This movie played late one night on tv and I was hooked from the beginning. It's characters have entertaining personas and the plot is awesome! I completely recomend this movie to anyone who likes a goofy, action packed comedy over a drama.