Stephen Frears

The Hit

The Hit

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.

Film Info

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

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

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Special 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

The Hit
Cast
Terence Stamp
Willie Parker
John Hurt
Braddock
Tim Roth
Myron
Laura del Sol
Maggie
Bill Hunter
Harry
Fernando Rey
Senior policeman
Jim Broadbent
Barrister
Credits
Director
Stephen Frears
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Screenplay
Peter Prince
Associate producer
Joyce Herlihy
Cinematography
Mike Molloy
Editing
Mick Audsley
Title music
Eric Clapton
Music
Paco de Lucía

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