The Hit (1984)
Directed By: Stephen Frears
Written By: Peter Prince
Why I Saw It: Sarah's Pick
My Verdict: Not a favorite but definitely worth seeing. With the talent in this cast, how could it be a total miss? ;-)
Ex-gangster Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) turned on his partners in crime in court and fled to Spain. Ten years later, two hitmen -- Braddock (John Hurt) and Myron (Tim Roth) -- show up to kidnap him. They head for Paris, picking up a hostage (Laura del Sol) along the way; they plan to execute Willie when they arrive. This launches one of the oddest road trip movies ever.
This is not an adrenaline-driven flick, and it doesn't quite work as a mystery or thriller. Some scenes serve no purpose in advancing the plot, and the twists are of the subtle psychological variety. On the other hand, it's an enjoyable and often funny drama and an interesting character study. It's well worth checking out, especially if you'd like to see Hurt, Roth, and Stamp in their younger days.