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The Hit Details


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 betrayed have ascertained his whereabouts and send Braddock (John Hurt), a professional hitman, and his apprentice Myron (Tim Roth) to bring Parker to Paris where his ex-associates await. After kidnapping Parker, nothing goes as planned. Now they are followed by a Spanish policeman (Fernando Rey) who seems to anticipate each of their moves, and they are burdened by Maggie (Laura del Sol), the mistress of a fellow mobster they were forced to kill. What should have been a routine hit becomes a psychological battle between all the participants as Parker, in a fight for time and for his life, plays one against the other. Set against the bleak Spanish landscape and featuring evocative and memorable theme music, the film builds to a surprising conclusion where the true nature of all the characters is revealed. Terence Stamp develops the character of Parker in a subtle but surprisingly comic performance and Laura del Sol shines as a woman who will do what is necessary to survive. Tim Roth, in his film debut, plays a brutal, but oddly endearing thug. But it is John Hurt, in a sensitive and nuanced performance, who brings a perceptive intelligence and depth to his role which adds a philosophical and psychological dimension to the film. Hurt plays his difficult role without a misstep and with a rare economy of action. Thoughtful and frequently amusing, The Hit, superbly written by Peter Prince, is both a compelling and suspenseful crime drama and also a deep and profound meditation on life, death and courage. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Stephen Frears Best Foreign Film 1985 Nominee


John Hurt
as Braddock
Tim Roth
as Myron
Laura del Sol
as Maggie
Terence Stamp
as Willie Parker
Bill Hunter
as Harry
Fernando Rey
as Chief Inspector
Bernie Searl
as Hopwood
Lennie Peters
as Mr. Corrigan
Carlos Tristancho
as Garage Attendant
Xavier Aguirre
as Young Basque
Jim Broadbent
as Barrister
Miguel Garmendia
as Tavern Keeper
Willoughby Gray
as Judge
Patxi Barko
as Young Basque
Enrique San Francisco
as Kidnapper
Carlos Zabala
as Young Basque
Albie Woodington
as Riordan
Sheila Trezise
Camilo Vilanova
as Kidnapper
Freddie Stuart
as First Man
Brian Royal
as Fellows
Ralph Brown
as Second Man
Juan Calot
as Priest
Carlos Lucena
as Uniformed Officer


Stephen Frears
Jeremy Thomas
Peter Prince
Michael Molloy
John A. Alonzo
Mick Audsley
Andrew Sanders
Production Designer
Joyce Herlihy
Associate Producer
Luciano Arroyo
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
Reyes Abades
Special Effects
Alan Whibley
Special Effects
Eric Clapton
Musical Performer
Karen Dawson