- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 28, 2009
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Criterion
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.77
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Parkinson One-to-One: TERENCE STAMP - Terence Stamp, Actor - 1988
- Stephen Frears, Director
- John Hurt, Actor
- Tim Roth, Actor
- Graham Fuller, Critic
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 05/23/1984
"...[An] astringent, sardonically funny thriller....Richly inventive....[The] acting is marvelous..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/18/1985
"...Frears has a fine, strong personal style -- a mixture of visual audacity and a lovely sensitivity with his actors..."
Premiere - 04/01/2006
"[A] quirky, proto-Tarantino road movie about two gangsters..."
Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) is a mobster-turned informant living in relative seclusion and philosophical exile in rural Spain, until he is kidnapped one day and delivered to Braddock (John Hurt), a calculating and maniacal hit man who has been hired to deliver Parker to Paris, where his execution will take place. Braddock's partner, Myron (Tim Roth) is a young punkish fellow with an impulsive and violent streak. As they set out for Paris they realize they are being followed and must stop in Madrid to pick up a new car. They also acquire another hostage, Maggie (Laura Del Sol), whose boyfriend was killed for the car. Tension and the threat of violence hovers over every scene of the movie, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that mirrors the confines of the car as they drive through miles of beautifully shot desert. Fast paced flamenco music from Spanish great Paco De Lucia ignites the screen and creates a haunting and moody atmosphere.The fine ensemble work from the brilliant cast members helps to create this richly woven and darkly humorous ride.
Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster's henchman turned informer trying to live in peaceful hiding in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men--played by a soulless John Hurt and a youthful, loose-cannon Tim Roth--come a-calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific performances from a roster of England's best hard-boiled actors and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish location--a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story.
John Hurt stars as Braddock, a cruel and calculating hitman who is hired to transport Willie Parker (Terence Stamp), a kidnapped mobster turned informant, across the desert of Spain to Paris, where Willie will face execution. Braddock is accompanied by his youthful and blood thirsty assistant Myron (Tim Roth), who is eager to please the professional hitman. This suspenseful and dark comedy/thriller is loaded with tension and hard-hitting action delivered with ease by its marvelous ensemble cast.
Black Comedy |
Hit Men |
Theatrical Release |
- Filmed on location in Spain.
- THE HIT is the theatrical film debut of actor Tim Roth. The actor's first film was the made-for-TV movie MEANTIME, directed by Mike Leigh.