The Hit (1984)

Hit, The (1984, GBR) C-98m. ** D: Stephen Frears. Starring John Hurt, Terence Stamp, Tim Roth, Laura del Sol, Bill Hunter, Fernando Rey, Jim Broadbent. Cool, aloof British take on the gangster movie genre follows Stamp to Spain, where he intends to hide out from fellow criminals he testified against in court. Ten years later he is discovered by two hitmen (Hurt, Roth), who must take him to Paris, France. Film has an interesting storyline but remains too self-conscious, too unfocused to excite. The actors can't be faulted. Excellent guitar solos by Paco de Lucía, title theme by Eric Clapton. Roth's first theatrical film.


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