Stephen Frears

The Hit

The Hit

Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to hide out peacefully in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—one soulless (John Hurt) and one a loose cannon (a youthful Tim Roth)—come calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific hard-boiled performances from a roster of England’s best 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
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #469

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • Blu-ray: Restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • DVD: High-definition digital restoration
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring director Stephen Frears, actors John Hurt and Tim Roth, screenwriter Peter Prince, and editor Mick Audsley
  • Interview from 1988 with actor Terence Stamp from the television show Parkinson One-to-One
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Graham Fuller

New cover by Jason Hardy

Purchase Options

Released Oct 20, 2020

Special Features

  • Blu-ray: Restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • DVD: High-definition digital restoration
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring director Stephen Frears, actors John Hurt and Tim Roth, screenwriter Peter Prince, and editor Mick Audsley
  • Interview from 1988 with actor Terence Stamp from the television show Parkinson One-to-One
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Graham Fuller

New cover by Jason Hardy

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

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