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Hit Me [DVD]


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  • Actors: Elias Koteas, Laure Marsac, Jay Leggett, Bruce Ramsay, Kevin J. O'Connor
  • Directors: Steven Shainberg
  • Writers: Denis Johnson, Jim Thompson
  • Producers: Steven Shainberg, Gregory Goodman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 3way
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005MFIG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sonny (Elias Koteas) has decided to take stock of his life. He has been working for eight years as a bellhop at the Stillwell Hotel, earning money so that he might care for his disabled brother, and he now feels that it is time for a change. One night, Sonny delivers room service to Monique (Laure Marsac), a beautiful femme fatale, and soon finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue. If he plays his cards right he will end up a very rich man, if not he might find himself trapped forever working in hotel management.

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Typically intense performance from Koteas as a very slightly stressed bellhop in crummy hotel who is coerced into knocking off high stakes poker game by foxy French femme fatale. Visually and thematically a cross between mid-period Lynch and early Coen, this is a dark treat for noir fans and should find a place on your shelves to hole up in until the heat dies off between such gems as The Grifters and Blood Simple.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Coen-Lite 16 July 2003
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A reasonable attempt at noir, HIT ME -- photographed far too lustrously to be true noir -- packs a few punches after the first twenty minutes (questionable editing) but is hanging off the ropes by the last, dizzying round (even more questionable editing). Like any good fight, the film works best in the middle -- dodging and jabbing and poking with a learned freshness -- and what an exciting tale it weaves.
In the end, HIT ME plays out much like a Coen Brothers production (BLOOD SIMPLE, FARGO, etc.) only heavily watered down.
Elias Koteas plays Sonny, a bellhop at the long-dying Stillwell Hotel. He's too old to start thinking about his future, and he's not quite young enough to remember the lessons of his youth. He lives in the moment, which the director (SECRETARY's Steven Shainberg) displays at great length with Sonny's closeups of rehearsing his room service delivery skills while riding the elevator. Still, one scheming friend and a tryst with a beautiful Canadian hustler later, Sonny finds himself wrapped up in the middle of a heist, stealing money from patrons holed up at the Stillwell for an annual poker game.
Adapted from Jim Thompson's novel, "A Swell Looking Babe," Denis Johnson makes some curious choices with the screenplay that probably wouldn't have found wider success in Hollywood unless he had incorporated a happier ending. That's one of the plagues of Thompson's books: don't expect a rosy ending, and HIT ME follows suit with more than its fair share of twists and turns. After all, the beauty of noir is that nothing -- even the most perfectly hatched sting -- goes off without a hitch. The film manages to keep the viewer guessing -- up to a point -- but the formulaic pacing could've packed a stronger jolt in the climax.
Still, what director Shainberg learned from HIT ME he puts to far greater use in SECRETARY: in that film, the underdog is allowed moments of glory, and characters are allowed to blossom into their own personal level of happiness, albeit slightly perverted. Here, within the oft-traveled hotel corridors and Sonny's filthy living room set of HIT ME, the greatest obstacle the story presents is the duldrums of Sonny's life: come the film's conclusion, he's in a far worse place than when the whole affair began.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! 18 Nov 2007
By ByronsFoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Great writing and characters, powerhouse performance by Koteas, deftly directed by a man with a vision - had a great time watching this!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun film, but a little too long. 26 April 2003
By John La Rocca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I rented this movie cause it it had an interesting story. A bellhop in total mess. Its fun and chilling at times, but this movie is little longer then it should be. Elias Kortas is simply a great actor. He makes this movie. He is such a young Robert Dinero.
This film was done in 1998, but just released on video/DVD cause it was done by the director who did "Secretary." This film I wouldn't put in "Film Noir" class like the back of box says, but I guess in the new genre of sorts: Post-Tarantino.
This movie is perfect for a rental. Instead of picking the usual Hollywood BS, you should give this one a shot. William H. Macy has a very small role so be warned when you see him on the cover.
Couldn't continue watching it 12 April 2014
By Ralph E. Stephan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I could only hang in with this horrible movie for about 25 minutes and had to yank it. I rarely give up on a film that early, but I saw nothing to redeem this disaster.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HIT ME is a miss 23 July 2003
By David Group - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love Jim Thompson novels, and I love a good film noir, so I was doubly disappointed when I saw this movie. The direction, while technically proficient, sets the wrong tone, wavering uneasily between brutal violence and goofy antics. The annoying soundtrack was no help, as it seemed at times like it was intended for a light comedy. Elias Koteas' one-note performance portrays his character as if he was totally clueless, making him look as if he had just graduated from the Blue Lagoon School of Acting (Some day I'm going to count how many close-up shots there are of his dumbstruck face. There seemed to be quite a few.). When you find some of the supporting characters are more interesting, you know the movie is in trouble.
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