The Hit

Synopsis: Ex-gangster Willie Parker has betrayed his former "colleagues" and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance. But one day, ten years later, two hitmen (Braddock and Myron) show up and kidnap Willie. They are ordered to escort him back to Paris where he should stand trial. But it is a long way to Paris...
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Production: Central Productions
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

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Willie. 6:



Stage fright, Willie?

Come on. Move it.

[Car Engine Starts]

Coming out.


[Man] Your last address was

77 A Eton Grove,

South Norwood?


Yes, sir.


And would it be true to say, Mr. Parker...

that for a good many years now

you have made your living...

solely as a hardened

professional criminal?


Yes, sir, I regret to say.


Afternoon of the 23rd of September, 1971.

Barclays Bank branch

in Beavers Road, East Dulwich.

- You participated in that raid, Mr. Parker?

- [Willie] Yes, sir.

[Man] And who were your confederates

on that occasion?



Hopwood, Riordan...

Fellows, Mr. Corrigan.

Who did what?


Uh - Oh. Uh...

I stayed with the car, and, uh...

Lenny, Jimmy and Jeff

went in the bank.

- [Man] And Corrigan?

- He got the money.

All of it?

- No.

- You shared it out, didn't you?


- But Corrigan got the liors share.

- Right.

'Cause he was the mastermind

behind the operation.

Yeah. See, Mr. Corrigan -

Yeah. Mastermind.


Morning of the 25th of October, 1972.

The Securicor van

in Peckham High Road.

A guard was wounded.

- You took part?

- Yes, sir.

And Riordan, Fellows and Mr. Corrigan.

- Not Hopwood.

- No, sir.

I think -

I think Lenny had flu that day.

- [Woman Coughs]

- Or cold feet.

Who fired at the guard?

Uh, that was Riordan.

Finally, Mr. Parker...

I will ask you this:

In agreeing to give your evidence...

have you been influenced

by any promises...

of immunity from prosecution...

or special treatment

at the hands of the police or of the court?

No, sir.

I'm here, and I'm saying this...

because I think I should.

I think it's right.


Very well, Parker. You may stand down.

Thank you, milord.

# We'll meet again #

# Don't know where

Don't know when #

# But I know we'll meet again

some sunny day #

# Keep smiling through #

# Just like you used to do #

# 'Cause I know we'll meet again #

# Some sunny day #

# We'll meet again #

# Don't know where

Don't know when #

# But I know we'll meet again

some sunny day #

[Crickets Chirping]

[Priest Praying In Spanish]


[Speaking Spanish]

[Chattering In Spanish]

- Oh. Qu tal?

- Hola. Qu tal?

[Speaking Spanish]

- Hola. Qu tal? Qu desea?

- Uh, caf solo.

- [Engine Stops]

- [Car Door Opens]

[Car Door Closes]


- [Chuckles]

- [Speaking Spanish]


- Muerto.

- [Spanish]


[Spanish Continues]

- Hola, Willie.

- Hey. Hola.

- Cmo ests?

- Bien. Seor Juan.

Qu hay?

- Muy elegante, eh?

- Ay. Muy elegante.

- Cmo se dice en espaol?

- Los negocios de vivir.

Mr. Parker!

Mr. Parker!

Mr. Parker!

[Chimes Jingling]

[Jingling Continues]






- [Straining]

- [Spanish]

#[Flamenco, Up-tempo]


#[Singers Shouting]


[Bird Squawking]

[Chattering In Spanish]

- [Man Chuckles]

- [Chattering Continues]

[Engine Starts]

[Chattering In Spanish]

[Chattering In Spanish]


- [Grunts]

- [Willie Groans]



[Tapping On Window]


- [Laughing]

- Dinero!

[Chattering In Spanish]

[Horn Honks]

Come on.


Can I open the window?

- Enough.

- Ta.

[Horn Honks]

- [Tires Squealing]

- [Horn Honking]

Sorry, Mr. Braddock.

Mr. Braddock.

# [Willie Humming: "We'll Meet Again"]

# But I know we'll meet a... #


# Some sunny day #


- What you grinning at, asshole?

- Sorry.

Got nothing to smile about, mate,

if you knew.

If I knew?

He thinks I don't know.

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Peter Prince

Peter Prince (born 10 May 1942) is a British novelist. He was born in England and studied in America. His first novel Play Things won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1973. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special for his work on the 1980 BBC miniseries Oppenheimer. His novel The Good Father was adapted into a film starring Anthony Hopkins. His latest novel Adam Runaway was published in 2005. more…

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