The Hit
The Hit (1984)

In this offbeat crime film, Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) an English mobster turned informant, has been given a new identity and has been living in a small, isolated village in Spain for 10 years. Unfortunately for Parker, the men he has… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 1984
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

All in all, a very palpable hit.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Superb acting from Hurt and Stamp is enough to smooth over any rough patches.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

"The Hit" is something special: thoughtful, perfectly performed and carrying the clear stamp of an extremely interesting director.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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

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Dan Lybarger

'The Hit' gives the great Terence Stamp what is arguably his best role.

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Variety Staff

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.

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TV Guide

Besides having a superb screenplay, Frears is blessed, here, with an unparalleled cast. Both Hurt and Stamp are as good as they've ever been, while the very young Tim Roth makes a very promising debut.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

really more of an exploration of the disjunction between exteriors and interiors, and while some may find it slow-going, those who see it for what it is will find it an intriguing portrait of human nature

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
The Shrewlord
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… More
Alec Barniskis
Some of the major plot points don't make a lot of sense, the inclusion of the young Spanish girl and subsequent failed attempts to kill her, in particular… More
matt sigur
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… More

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