The Hit 1984

The Hit

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Hit men (John Hurt, Tim Roth) catch a stool pigeon (Terence Stamp) in Spain and take him on a wild ride to Paris.

Cast & Crew

John Hurt
Braddock
Terence Stamp
Willie Parker
Fernando Rey
Senior Policeman
Mike Molloy
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Mick Audsley
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Critic Reviews for The Hit

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    September 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "The Hit" is something special: thoughtful, perfectly performed and carrying the clear stamp of an extremely interesting director.

    September 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • All in all, a very palpable hit.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • These guys don't have to use guns. All they have to do is open their mouths and bore each other to death.

    August 30, 2004 | Full Review…
  • A "crime and punishment" saga that's more interested in ideas than actions, it's a choice choice for discerning viewers up for vigorous bouts of wordplay between its characters.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hit

  • Apr 22, 2013
    Antagonizing conceptions of life and death among criminals. An stylish and multi-layered examination of that moment of truth, of coming to terms with the vague but terrifying notion of parting this world. Fantastic performances by the leading triad. Probably Frears' best and most underrated cinematic venture.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2011
    Mobster Willie Parker (Terence Stamp-Superman II, The Limey) turns state's evidence. Some very interesting & revealing dialogue at the beginning of the movie...which is filmed in the U.K. Parker had been incarcerated previously with Defendant Reardon (Albee Woodington) and appearing as a witness for the prosecution of the Defendant (his fellow past inmate Reardon)'s trial. Parker is asked a series of questions, some related to the attack on a Prison Guard. Prosecuting Barrister: "Who fired at the guard?" Parker: "Uh, that was Reardon." Barrister: :"Finally Mr.Parker, I will ask you this.in agreeing to give your evidence.have you been influenced by any offers of immunity or special treatment at the hands of the Police or the Court?" Parker: "No Sir. I'm here and I'm saying this because I think I should. I think it's right." Of course, that was a big stinky lie! Parker goes into the witness protection program and is resituate in Spain... <div style="width:331px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-hit-4983969"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/49/83/96/4983969_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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  • Mar 27, 2011
    Pretty good little film. A sparse script and an amazing Terence Stamp performance kept my eyes peeled to this slow-moving snail of a film. I can't say that I didn't enjoy every bit of it though. The way Stamp works everyone in a little chess game is reason enough to see it, but Fernando Rey was completely invisible in this film!
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2010
    It's a hit ! A little gem of a picure this one. Great casting, great performances and strong and complex characters give this fairly low budget movie a punch that hits (groan) above its weight and keeps the viewer thoroughly involved from start to finish.
    The S Super Reviewer

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