The Big Hit

April 24th, 1998


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Mark Wahlberg stars as Melvin SmileyStill of Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Bokeem Woodbine in The Big HitLou Diamond Phillips stars as CiscoThe CrewBokeem Woodbine stars as CrunchMelvin & Keiko

Melvin Smiley, a successful young hitman, is living a normal all-day life for his jewish fiancé Pam...

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.9/10 (16,647 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Kirk Wong

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate

Melvin Smiley, a successful young hitman, is living a normal all-day life for his jewish fiancé Pam, but kills for money in Paris' organization. In addition, he has a relationship with a beauty from the neighbourhood and gets bothered by a pimply video store guy, because he did not return "King Kong Lives" for two weeks. He and his three teammates Cisco, Crunch and Vince one day decide to kidnap the daughter of super-rich businessman Jiro Nishi - off the record. What they do not know, is that Jiro just went completely bankrupt due to a successless movie production, and, even worse, that his daughter Keiko is the god-daughter of Paris, the boss of the kidnappers. He and his men are now searching for the kidnappers in order to grind them up properly. Meanwhile, handcuffed Keiko falls in love with killer Melvin while both preparing a kosher meal in order to satisfy Pam's visiting parents, who are out of the house with Pam - with a body in the trunk.

Mark Wahlberg - Melvin Smiley
Lou Diamond Phillips - Cisco
Christina Applegate - Pam Shulman
Avery Brooks - Paris
Bokeem Woodbine - Crunch
Antonio Sabato Jr. - Vince
China Chow - Keiko Nishi
Lainie Kazan - Jeanne Shulman
Elliott Gould - Morton Shulman
Sab Shimono - Jiro Nishi
Robin Dunne - Gump
Lela Rochon - Chantel
Danny Smith - Video Store Kid
Joshua Peace - Lance
David Usher - Sergio

Taglines: Executed with style.


Official Website: Coming Soon Page w/trailer | Sony Pictures Official Site |

Release Date: 24 April 1998

Filming Locations: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,809,424 (USA) (26 April 1998) (2149 Screens)

Gross: $27,052,167 (USA) (26 July 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

As a practical joke on the set, Bokeem Woodbine stuffed the front of his pants with socks for the scenes that took place in the gym locker room.

Factual errors: On the gun fight scene at the hotel where Melvin threw flashbangs on the room to blind and distract the enemy, the light from the flashbang lasts for a few minutes and he even wore sunglasses to protect himself from the blinding light before he enters the room. Whereas a real flashbang only lasts for a split second.

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.

User Review

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Rating: 9/10

Indeed Mark Wahlberg is a bit cack in most of his films, but The Big Hit is a masterpiece of comedy. The action is fun, but is not meant to be taken seriously. I think that some people might have watched this film expecting a standard action film, in which case I can understand their disappointment. It's just good fun and Lou Diamond Phillips is brilliant. His over-the-top performance is perfect and is something I'll never forget.

The Big Hit is one of those films where you either get it or you don't. If you don't then I can understand how it might seem a bit two-dimensional. However, anyone who hasn't seen it should take a chance.