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The Hit

R 1984 1h 38m Crime Drama List
89% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 74% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Hit men (John Hurt, Tim Roth) catch a stool pigeon (Terence Stamp) in Spain and take him on a wild ride to Paris. Read More Read Less

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Rita Kempley Washington Post It is a dexterously balanced killer thriller by the idiosyncratic Frears, whose every scene becomes a matter of life and death. A lighter clicks, a gun clicks; life or death, it all sounds the same. Sep 15, 2015 Full Review Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times "The Hit" is something special: thoughtful, perfectly performed and carrying the clear stamp of an extremely interesting director. Sep 15, 2015 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Frears and writer Peter Prince have taken a potentially familiar tale of a gangland betrayal and revenge and made something richly inventive and most entertaining. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film Frears makes a hot flamenco dance out of the trio on who will survive the struggle for the honor amongst killers. Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault This is one of the rare movies in which you come to realize, with a mixture of insecurity and delight, that you can’t possibly predict where it’s going. Rated: A Dec 2, 2022 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Looking at it nearly 40 years later, what stands out is the moment-in-time perfection of it all. Rated: 4/4 Jan 29, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Georgan G This not your average gangland revenge plot. The characters slowly reveal themselves, but I was never sure who would come out on top. In fact, I enjoyed never knowing what would happen next. Even the ending surprised me. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/10/24 Full Review Jack B A good example of how you can gather some superb actors and produce a seriously ho hum film. The pacing isn't quite glacial, but it is close. Instead of good dialogue, we are subjected to supposedly meaningful looks by our protagonists. Spare me! If you watch the movie, know that you can be cruising the internet at the same time. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The photography is great, as is the cast (Terrence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth), legendary guitarist Paco de Lucía's soundtrack generates a suitable atmosphere, and the road-movie-slash-crime-film plot with philosophical connotations is certainly intriguing. On the downside, "The Hit" for the most part shies away from pathos, its character work is a little confusing (it's hard to believe these hitmen would endanger themselves like this every step of the way), and it eventually just fizzles out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Shioka O British lads in Spain. Words and thoughts than guns. Great ensemble of casts, Terence Stamp really shines here. I enjoyed the style of this. Slow and subtle compared to Hollywoods crime films. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/19/22 Full Review Alexander D It had an all star cast and semi clever plot but the ending felt like a let down. It seemed like they ran out of money and they went with the only ending they could afford. Not to mention it all happened because characters did things that made no sense. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/22 Full Review Audience Member There is a little pamphlet that comes with the DVD. It features an essay by Graham Fuller titled, 'Road to Nowhere'. In my view this unfortunately proves to be an unintentional assessment of the film. Basically, four very interesting looking people travel together, purportedly to deliver up a snitch into the hands of a man he betrayed. A time passer, but not much of anything to think about. Not being an insider, can't imagine why it was made. I understand it flopped, but there are many supporters. Eric Clapton and Roger Waters are credited for the opening music; balance of the soundtrack is from Paco de Lucia. Even so, I'd pass. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Hit men (John Hurt, Tim Roth) catch a stool pigeon (Terence Stamp) in Spain and take him on a wild ride to Paris.
Stephen Frears
Jeremy Thomas
Peter Prince
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 13, 2009
1h 38m