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    Unique ID Code: 0000003490
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 22/2/2000 00:19
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    Big Hit, The (UK)

    8 / 10
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    Hit happens
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 88 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
    Release Date:

    Synopsis:
    The criminal anarchy is hilarious when a foursome of full-time hit men looking to score extra cash kidnap the boss` goddaughter.

    And when beleaguered wise guy Mel is set up to take the fall, underworld antics and domestic absurdities collide for a working weekend no one will soon forget.

    Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bokeem Woodbine and Antonio Sabato, Jr. star in this explosive comedy.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Selections
    Theatrical Trailers
    Director`s Commentary
    3 Deleted Scenes
    Filmographies
    DVD Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 German

    Subtitle Tracks:
    Hebrew
    Icelandic
    Polish
    Czech
    Hindi
    Swedish
    Finnish
    Turkish
    English
    German
    Greek
    Hungarian
    Dutch
    Danish
    Norwegian

    Directed By:
    Kirk Wong

    Written By:

    Starring:
    China Chow
    Christina Applegate
    Mark Wahlberg
    Bokeem Woodbine
    Lou Diamond Phillips

    Casting By:
    Maria Armstrong
    Roger Mussenden

    Soundtrack By:
    Graeme Revell

    Director of Photography:
    Danny Nowak

    Editor:
    Robin Russell
    Pietro Scalia

    Costume Designer:
    Margaret Mohr

    Production Designer:
    Taavo Soodor

    Producer:
    Craig Perry
    Roger Garcia
    Warren Zide
    Wesley Snipes
    Victor McGauley

    Executive Producer:
    John Woo
    Terence Chang
    John M. Eckert

    Distributor:
    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Just correcting Ade Taylor`s review of this film... Mark Wahlberg`s brother DONNIE Wahlberg was the guy from New Kids on the Block, not Danny (even though they did have a member called Danny), and Mark was in the group for a few weeks when they first got together. OK, enough with my embarrassing knowledge of boy bands...

    The Big Hit is just one of those films that you have to leave you brain behind before settling down to watch. It`s action packed with some great stunts, but the story, the setting and the acting is completely over the top. The trouble is, with the director`s commentry on the DVD it`s not so `OTT funny` because you get the impression that they`re being serious about the whole thing - during the tacky scene where Mark Wahlberg and China Chow are simultaneously stuffing a chicken the director/producer sincerely says "ah, this is a very important scene...", and they don`t even bother to make any sort of acknowledgement to the comical side of any aspect of the film.

    It`s hard to say who`ll like this film. You`ve just got to have the rather odd sense of humour, and like me, fancy the pants off Mark Wahlberg (still not as attractive as his aforementioned brother though). The DVD has plenty of extras, as Colombia Tristar seem to realise how to use the format as it is meant to be used with their other titles such as Dracula and Ghostbusters. Unfortunately the deleted scenes are nothing to rave about, the trailer is boring and the director`s commentry should at no time be taken seriously at all. Still, I rented this film on VHS and laughed so much, I just had to buy it (it is still not available to purchase on VHS though).
    posted by EllieHM on 27/2/2000 11:42
    9 / 10
    i didnt expect much from this movie.but it is genuinely funny with good action scenes good special features and worth watching again.the acting is good for this type of film.comedy action thrillers come no better than this think grosse pointe blank john woo style
    posted by flair on 15/11/2000 18:13