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The Hit

Stephen Frears

 
The Hit (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1984
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
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  • Spine #469

Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—played by a soulless John Hurt and a youthful, loose-cannon Tim Roth—come a-calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific performances from a roster of England’s best hard-boiled actors, music by Eric Clapton and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish locations—a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story.

Cast

Willie ParkerTerence Stamp
BraddockJohn Hurt
MyronTim Roth
MaggieLaura del Sol
HarryBill Hunter
Senior policemanFernando Rey
BarristerJim Broadbent

Credits

DirectorStephen Frears
ProducerJeremy Thomas
ScreenplayPeter Prince
Associate producerJoyce Herlihy
CinematographyMike Molloy
EditingMick Audsley
Title musicEric Clapton
MusicPaco de Lucía

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy
  • Commentary featuring director Stephen Frears, actors John Hurt and Tim Roth, writer Peter Prince, and editor Mick Audsley
  • A 1988 interview with actor Terence Stamp from the television show Parkinson One-to-One
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Graham Fuller

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Film Essays

The Hit: Road to Nowhere

By Graham FullerApril 27, 2009

Before the 1980s British film renaissance was curtailed by three ruinously expensive failures . . . Read more »

Chef du Cinema

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Chef du Cinema: The Hit

By Ron DeutschJune 06, 2012

A killer breakfast Read more »


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: BEFORE TARANTINO WAS COOL

May 10, 2009

The Hit is what we would now describe as Tarantinoesque,” writes Sonny Bunch in the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hit: Road to Nowhere

By Graham FullerApril 27, 2009

Before the 1980s British film renaissance was curtailed by three ruinously expensive failures . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Limey meets In Bruges meets Vicky Cristina?

April 21, 2009

That’s how the always cheeky (and clickable!) folks at Very Short List mapped out Stephen . . . Read more »