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3.7
583 Ratings

The Hit

Directed by Stephen Frears
United Kingdom, 1984
Crime

Synopsis

Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—played by John Hurt and Tim Roth—come a-calling to bring Willie back for execution.

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The Hit Directed by Stephen Frears

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1984 | Directors' Fortnight

Independent Spirit Awards

1986 | Nominee: Special Distinction Award

BAFTA Awards

1985 | Nominee: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film

Critics reviews

A fabulously sharp and witty gangster road movie, in which, driving through Spain, Stamp’s fugitive rat mindfucks the hoods (John Hurt and Tim Roth) tasked with dragging him back to face the music. Dry and merciless as Stamp’s own deadpan glare and rolling-boulder voice, Frears’s movie was initially a bomb but quickly found a home-video audience that has elevated it to near-classic status.
March 22, 2018
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