Hit

The Hit

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Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: John Hurt, Tim Roth, Laura del Sol

     
 

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Stephen Frears leads an excellent cast (Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Tim Roth) in the crime film The Hit, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Artisan

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Stephen Frears leads an excellent cast (Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Tim Roth) in the crime film The Hit, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Artisan release should still be of interest to genre enthusiasts and fans of the actors.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This relatively early feature effort from Stephen Frears set the tone for his justly celebrated The Grifters six years later, but it also stands on its own as an acute psychological mood piece. Despite its mid-sized cast and its variety of settings, from British courtrooms to the Spanish countryside, The Hit summons up a claustrophobic intensity from the tension-fraught interaction of four key players on a road trip to hell. From John Hurt's rumpled, tight-lipped hit man and Terence Stamp's cockily zen informant to the fresh-faced but ferocious Tim Roth and the nervy, vivacious Laura del Sol, each of the principals contributes top-notch work. The result is an efficient case study in the playing of mind games -- one where sun-bleached stillness and sudden violence share an equal capacity to fray the nerves of both audience and characters. The economical script, by future Waterland scribe Peter Prince, certainly made the director's job easier. But considering that the film was released a mere year before My Beautiful Laundrette, a very different sort of effort from Frears, The Hit offers further proof that the British director is a jack of all trades and master of many.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
UPC:
0012236134596
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version; 2.0 Dolby Stereo surround; Interactive menus; Scene index; Digitally mastered; English closed captioning

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hurt Braddock
Tim Roth Myron
Laura del Sol Maggie
Terence Stamp Willie Parker
Bill Hunter Harry
Fernando Rey Chief Inspector
Joaquin Alonzo Kidnapper
Emeko Olazagasti Young Basque
Manuel de Benito Juan, Willie's Bodyguard
Sheila Trezise Actor
Freddie Stuart First Man
Ralph Brown Second Man
A.J. Clarke Third Man
Lennie Peters Mr. Corrigan
Bernie Searl Hopwood
Brian Royal Fellows
Albie Woodington Riordan
Willoughby Gray Judge
Jim Broadbent Barrister
Juan Calot Priest
Enrique San Francisco Kidnapper
Jose Luis Fernandez Kidnapper
Camilo Vilanova Kidnapper
Carlos Lucena Uniformed Officer
Miguel Garmendia Tavern Keeper
Carlos Zabala Young Basque
Patxi Barko Young Basque
Xavier Aguirre Young Basque
Carlos Tristancho Garage Attendant
Jeremy Thomas Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Reyes Abades Special Effects
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Luciano Arroyo Set Decoration/Design
Mick Audsley Editor
Karen Dawson Makeup
Paco de Lucía Score Composer
Joyce Herlihy Associate Producer
Julio Molina Art Director
Michael Molloy Cinematographer
Peter Prince Screenwriter
Andrew Sanders Production Designer
Bob Smith Camera Operator
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Alan Whibley Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [4:26]
2. "Stage Fright, Willie?" [3:50]
3. Naming Names [3:04]
4. Life in Exile [6:02]
5. The Abduction [5:26]
6. Executioner & Assistant [4:33]
7. Up to Something/Madrid [7:48]
8. Bruno, Mitch and Harry [5:29]
9. When Harry Lost Maggie [5:43]
10. Pretty Little Thing [2:49]
11. A Bit of Shopping [5:13]
12. Car Trouble/"Four Beers" [4:32]
13. Before and After Death [3:39]
14. "She's Already Eaten" [2:56]
15. The Limits of "Anything" [2:46]
16. Myron's Career Prospects [4:19]
17. Service With a Bite [5:03]
18. Moving On and Running Off [4:44]
19. Scared? [5:48]
20. "We're Gonna Do It Now" [6:20]
21. No Exit [3:46]
22. End Credits [:00]

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The Hit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bigtony1 More than 1 year ago
One of the best films that I have ever seen, with an excellent cast, beautiful scenery, superb cinematography and music.
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GinaK More than 1 year ago
An excellent cast in an unpredictable "hit" film: Terence Stamp as the philosophical victim; Tim Roth as the young hot head; and John Hurt as the "more experienced" gunman who is constantly thrown off by the attitude and actions of the others. Also beautifully photographed.
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