The Hit (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

United Kingdom, 1984.  Zenith Entertainment, , Central Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by . Independent Spirit Awards 1985.   Toronto International Film Festival 1984.

British criminal  goes into witness protection in Spain after ratting on a fellow gangster and his buddies. Now living the high life in seclusion, his idyll is disturbed when hit man John Hurt and young punk  show up and take him on a trip to Paris where they plan to have him meet with retribution from the now-paroled victim of his testimony. The journey from one place to the next is anything but straightforward as human vulnerabilities, desires and conflicts come into play and set these characters in various directions including towards each other. This early Stephen Frears film has got it all, from blistering personalities to stunning photography, punctuated by brilliant dialogue and a host of impressive performances including the above-mentioned actors as well as  as the hapless woman they pick up along the way. It’s a quiet, methodical movie that burns with sexy intensity and never overstates itself, but it is riveting from beginning to end. Look for a brief appearance by Jim Broadbent.

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