Hero (1992 film)
Hero is a 1992 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. It was written by David Webb Peoples from a story written by Peoples, Laura Ziskin and Alvin Sargent and stars Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy García, Joan Cusack and Chevy Chase. Following the critically acclaimed The Grifters, it was the second American feature film by British filmmaker Frears. Bernie LaPlante is a pickpocket and petty criminal who anonymously rescues survivors including TV reporter Gale Gayley at an airplane crash, his motives are not "pure" as he enters the burning plane in order to steal some of the passengers' purses and wallets, losing a shoe in the process. After finding his car is towed away from the crash scene, he flags down John Bubber, a homeless Vietnam veteran, tells him about the rescue at the crash site, giving him his remaining shoe; when Deke, the television station news director, offers $1 million to the "Angel of Flight 104", Bernie realizes he can't claim the reward, due to his arrest while fencing credit cards he stole from the people he rescued.
John, contacts Gale, recounting Bernie's tale of the rescue and provides the single shoe to take credit for the selfless act. When Bernie tries to tell people that John is a fake, the media, after sensationalizing his heroic image, will not believe Bernie. Bernie is released from jail and his lawyer informed him that he will be heading to prison soon because of the stolen goods he carried in his apartment. Gale, as one of the crash survivors, considers herself to be in John's debt and soon grooms his public image, she finds herself falling in love with him though she has questions about his authenticity. Despite his reluctant acceptance of his fame, he turns out to be a decent person, using his notoriety and reward money to help sick children and the homeless. John finds himself in an ethical dilemma. Meanwhile, Bernie continues to aggravate his ex-wife and fails to bond with his son, now enamored with John, he begins to feel that if Joey is going to idolize anyone John is the better choice. A police detective tells Gale.
She and her cameraman, break into Bernie's apartment with the help of Winston, the landlord. While searching for evidence to incriminate Bernie, Gale finds a stolen Silver Microphone Award that she won in New York City, the night before the crash. Bernie arrives only to be confronted by her, who speculates that John stole her purse in a moment of weakness during the rescue, sold it to Bernie, accuses him of attempting to now blackmail John, they are interrupted by Winston, who says John is on television, about to commit suicide by jumping from the ledge of a high-rise skyscraper. Gale rushes to the scene and brings Bernie along, threatening to have him prosecuted if John leaps to his death. In addition, she demands Bernie apologize for the attempted blackmail. Evelyn and Joey rush there as well, with Evelyn reminiscing how Bernie is selfish and cynical, but always becomes a great person in a crisis; when they arrive, Bernie goes out on the ledge, hatching a scheme to milk the media attention for all its worth.
He convinces John that the world needs a hero, that he is the right one for the job, though he does negotiate a discreet share of the $1 million to pay for his son's college tuition and a letter to the judge to put in a good word for him to suspend his prison sentence. When Bernie slips off the ledge, John pulls him to safety, a hero once more; when Gale sees Bernie's face covered with dirt, as on the night of the crash, she realizes it was he who saved her. She confronts him "off the record" with her supposition; as Gale leaves, she thanks Bernie for saving her life. She tells him to tell Joey the truth. John agrees to continue playing the part of public hero. While on an excursion to the zoo, Bernie decides to tell Joey the true story of the crash. After he does so, a lady cries out. Joey pleads with him to help, to which he sighs, slips off his shoes, heads off to see what he can do. Principal photography on the film began shooting October 30, 1991 in Chicago with studio work at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City and Los Angeles, along with the crash scene on location at Piru, California.
It wrapped on March 20, 1992. Hail the Conquering Hero is a film on a similar theme by Preston Sturges. Many reviewers referred to the obvious similarities between Sturges' screwball comedies; the classic Frank Capra film Meet John Doe was cited as a model for Laura Ziskin who both produced and supplied the story for Hero. The film was met with positive critical reviews, although it was not a box office success. Columbia lost $25.6 million on it. Roger Ebert noted: "It has all the ingredients for a terrific entertainment, but it lingers over the kinds of details that belong in a different kind of movie, it comes out of the tradition of those rat-a-tat Preston Sturges comedies of the 1940s, when Chevy Chase, as a wise-guy TV boss, barks orders into a phone, it finds the right note." Desson Howe, film reviewer for the Washington Post said: "At the heart of this is a appealing, old-fashioned screwball caper – the kind they used to make." The film holds a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 20 reviews.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2003: AFI'
Christopher O'Dowd is an Irish actor, best known for his television roles such as Miles Daly in the Epix comedy series Get Shorty and Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O'Dowd created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015, earning O'Dowd Irish Film and Television Award nominations in acting and directing, he had a recurring role on the comedy-drama series Girls. O'Dowd is known for his film roles, including Bridesmaids, This Is 40, The Sapphires, Thor: The Dark World, St. Vincent, he made his Broadway debut in the play adaptation of Of Mice and Men in 2014, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.. O'Dowd was raised in Boyle, County Roscommon, his father, Seán, is a sign designer, his mother, Denise, is a counsellor and psychotherapist. He is the youngest of five siblings, he represented Roscommon in Gaelic football at the under-16, minor and under-21 levels, the highlight being his performance as a goalkeeper in the 1997 Connacht Minor final against Mayo, in a game covered by RTÉ Sport for highlights on its The Sunday Game programme.
He studied politics and sociology at University College Dublin, subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. O'Dowd did not obtain a degree from UCD, telling the UCD student newspaper the College Tribune: "I didn't finish my degree; the politics part of it was fine, but I was doing sociology as well and I could never bring myself to find an interest in it." He contributed to The University Observer, Ógra Fianna Fáil and was active in UCD Dramsoc and the Literary and Historical Society. O'Dowd was an avid member of Ógra Fianna Fáil and engaged in promotional canvassing for the party amongst UCD's student populace, it was during this time he coined the slogan'Vote Young Fianna Fáil, for hurling in the halls'; the slogan was a huge success due to O'Dowd's improvisation with classmate Ronan Kirby's hurley. O'Dowd said in The College Tribune that he was thanked by Éamon de Valera's ghost in a dream. O'Dowd starred in the United Kingdom in Channel 4's comedy The IT Crowd, BBC Two's Roman's Empire, Red Cap and the award-winning documentary-drama The Year London Blew Up.
He has appeared on Irish television, having starred in the RTÉ One drama The Clinic and the drama Showbands alongside Kerry Katona. O'Dowd has appeared in How to Lose Alienate People in a minor role. O'Dowd has had roles in a number of films, including the 2005 film Festival where he played stand-up comedian Tommy O'Dwyer, a role for which he won a Scottish BAFTA award, a small role in Vera Drake. O'Dowd appears in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a comedy sci-fiction film with Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna Faris, he played Liam in the 2007 German film Hotel Very Welcome. He starred in the 2009 film The Boat That Rocked, released in Canada and the U. S. as Pirate Radio. The film was inspired by the story of offshore pirate broadcasters Radio Caroline. O'Dowd plays Simon, the station's breakfast DJ."The breakfast jock on Radio Caroline at the time was Tony Blackburn, so there's an element of him in it," says O'Dowd of his character. "And I called in different Irish DJs that would have been contemporaries of Tony Blackburn at the time, a guy called Larry Gogan and a couple of other people."O'Dowd starred opposite Sienna Miller in the film Hippie Hippie Shake, about the groundbreaking'60s magazine, Oz.
The publication was the precursor to a whole generation of lad mags. O'Dowd plays Felix Dennis, who would become the publisher of Maxim; the story centres on the landmark indecency trial. In preparation for the role, O'Dowd met with Dennis, stating "He was an charismatic man."In April 2009 it was announced that O'Dowd had been cast in a remake of Gulliver's Travels as General Edward. "It's shooting in Pinewood from the end of April", he said, shortly after his participation was announced. "I'm just going back to England to learn how to ride a horse... I'm a general in the army, so there's going to be a little bit of horse riding. I think it's going to be fun though, we're all kind of learning together."O'Dowd appeared in the 2010 film Dinner for Schmucks, an American version of the French farce, Le Dîner de Cons. He appeared on panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, starred in an ITV2 comedy series entitled FM. In 2010, he took part in Little Crackers and directing a short film loosely based on his own childhood and Christmas in his family home from 1984–88.
In April 2011, he starred in the BBC adaptation of The Crimson Petal and the White as William Rackham and appeared in the May 2011 release Bridesmaids as Officer Nathan Rhodes. O'Dowd had a supporting role in This Is 40, he described "fighting over Megan Fox in a pool" during filming as "one of the most fun things I've done". O'Dowd played. Based on a popular stage show, it was shot across Australia and Vietnam and produced by Goalpost Australia, he is to write and executive produce a new American comedy series called Big Men, after NBC won the bidding war for it. He co-wrote a series based on his childhood called Moone Boy for Sky 1. Segments of the series, which ran from 2012 to 2015, were filmed in Boyle. A book based on the series and co-written by O'Dowd, Moone Boy: The Blunder Years, was published in May 2015. Subsequent releases include Moone Boy: The Fish Detective, published in October 2015, Moone Boy: The Notion Potion, published in September 2017, as well as an activity book, Moone Boy: The Marvellous Activity Manual, published in May 2017.
From April to July, 2014, O'Dowd starred in the Broadw
Philomena is a 2013 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith's efforts to help her find him, it received several international film awards. Coogan and Jeff Pope won Best Screenplay at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, it was awarded the People's Choice Award Runner-Up prize at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was nominated in four categories at the 86th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Coogan and Pope, Best Actress for Dench, Best Original Score for Desplat, it was nominated for four BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. London-based journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a government adviser, he is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, forced to give up her toddler son Anthony nearly fifty years ago.
Though Sixsmith is reluctant in writing a human interest story, he meets Philomena and decides to investigate her case. In 1951, Philomena became pregnant and was sent by her father to Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea in Ireland. After giving birth, she was forced to work in the convent laundry for four years, with little contact with her son; the nuns gave her son up for adoption without giving Philomena a chance to say goodbye. She kept her lost son a secret from her family for nearly fifty years. Martin and Philomena begin their search at the convent; the nuns claim. At a pub, the locals tell Martin that the convent burnt the records deliberately, that most of the children were sold for £1,000 each to wealthy Americans. Martin's investigation reaches a dead end in Ireland, but he receives a promising lead from the United States and invites Philomena to accompany him there, his contacts help him discover that Anthony was renamed Michael A. Hess, who became a lawyer and senior official in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.
When Philomena notices Martin in the background of a photo of Michael, he remembers that he met him years earlier while working in the US. They learn that he has been dead for eight years. Philomena decides she wants to learn more about him from them, they visit a former colleague of Michael's and discover that Michael was gay and died of AIDS. They visit his sister Mary, adopted at the same time from the convent and that they were both and physically abused by their adoptive parents, learn about his partner Pete Olsson. After avoiding Martin's attempts to contact him, Pete agrees to talk to Philomena, he shows Philomena some videos of his life with Michael. To Martin and Philomena's surprise, they see footage of Michael, dated shortly before he died, at the Abbey where he was adopted, Pete explains that, although he never told his family, Michael had wondered about his birth mother all his life, had returned to Ireland in his final months to try to find her. Pete informs them that the nuns had told Michael that his mother had abandoned him and that they had lost contact with her.
He reveals that, against his parents' wishes, he had Michael buried in the convent's cemetery. Philomena and Martin go to the convent to ask them. Despite Philomena's efforts to stop him, Martin angrily breaks into the private quarters and argues with an elderly nun, Sister Hildegarde McNulty, who worked at the convent when Anthony was forcibly adopted, he accuses her of lying to a dying man and denying him the chance to reunite with his mother, purely out of self-righteousness. Hildegarde is unrepentant, saying that losing her son was Philomena's penance for having sex out of wedlock. Martin demands an apology, telling her that what she did was un-Christian, but is speechless when Philomena instead chooses to forgive her of her own volition. Philomena asks to see her son's grave, where Martin tells her he has chosen not to publish the story. Philomena tells him to publish it anyway. Judi Dench as Philomena Lee Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith Michelle Fairley as Sally Mitchell Barbara Jefford as Sister Hildegarde Anna Maxwell Martin as Jane Mare Winningham as MaryIn addition to the main cast, Sophie Kennedy Clark plays a young Philomena, Kate Fleetwood plays a young Sister Hildegarde, Simone Lahbib plays Kate Sixsmith, Cathy Belton plays Sister Claire, Amy McAllister plays Sister Anunciata, Sean Mahon plays Michael, Philomena's son, Peter Hermann plays Pete Olsson.
The score of the film was composed by Alexandre Desplat. Philomena received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 91% based on reviews from 183 critics, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages." At Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 42 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". In The New York Times, Stephen Holden described the film as "so moving that it feels lit from within." He wrote: "That makes you believe her character has the capacity to forgive provides the movie with a solid moral center." He found the film's political viewpoint sophisticated: Philomena has many facets. It is a comedic road mo
My Beautiful Laundrette
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was one of the first films released by Working Title Films; the story is set in London during the Thatcher years, as reflected in the complex—and comical—relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities. The story focuses on Omar, played by Gordon Warnecke, a young Pakistani man living in London, his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, played by Daniel Day-Lewis; the two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette owned by Omar's uncle Nasser. The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century. Omar Ali is a young man living in Battersea in the Wandsworth area of South London, right by the railway station during the mid-1980s, his father, once a famous left-wing British Pakistani journalist in Bombay, lives in London but hates Britain's society and its international politics.
His dissatisfaction with the world and a family tragedy have led him to sink into alcoholism, so that Omar has to be his caregiver. By contrast, Omar's paternal uncle Nasser is a successful entrepreneur and an active member of the London Pakistani community. Papa asks Nasser to give Omar a job and, after working for a brief time as a car washer in one of his uncle's garages, he is assigned the task of managing a run-down laundrette and turning it into a profitable business. At Nasser's, Omar meets a few other members of the Pakistani community: Tania, Nasser's daughter and a future bride. While driving Salim and his wife home that night, the three of them get attacked by a group of right-wing extremist street punks, their apparent leader turns out to be Omar's childhood friend. Omar tries to reestablish their past friendship, offering Johnny a job and the opportunity to adopt a better life by working to fix up the laundrette with him. Johnny decides to help with the laundrette and they resume a romantic relationship, interrupted after school.
Running out of money and Johnny sell one of Salim's drug deliveries to make cash for the laundrette's substantial renovation. On the opening day of the laundrette, Omar confronts Johnny on his fascist past. Johnny, feeling guilty, tells him. Nasser visits the laundrette with Rachel; as they dance together in the laundrette and Johnny make love in the back room, narrowly escaping discovery. At the inauguration, Tania confronts Rachel about having an affair with her father. Rachel accuses Nasser of having invited Tania on purpose to have her insulted, storms off despite his protests; that night, a drunk Omar proposes to Tania, who accepts on the condition that he raise money to get away. Soon after, Salim reveals to Omar that he is on to them, demands his money back. Omar's father stops by late in the night and appeals to Johnny to persuade Omar to go to college because he is unhappy with his son running a laundrette. Offering Salim a chance to invest in his businesses as a much needed'clean outlet' for his money, Omar decides to take over two laundrettes owned by a friend of Nasser.
Salim drives Johnny and Omar to view one of the properties, he expresses his dislike of the British non-working punks in Johnny's gang. He injures one of them. Meanwhile, Rachel falls ill with a skin rash caused by a ritual curse from Nasser's wife, decides it is best for all that she and Nasser part ways; the next day Tania drops by the laundrette and tells Johnny she is leaving, asking him to come along. He refuses, implicitly revealing the truth about himself and Omar and she departs wordlessly. After Salim arrives and enters the laundrette, the punks, lying in wait, trash his car; when he runs out on noticing them, he is viciously attacked. Johnny decides to interrupt and defend him, despite their mutual dislike, the punks turn their attention to him instead; as he refuses to fight back, they beat him savagely until Omar returns and intervenes, protecting Johnny as the punks trash the laundrette and flee the scene. Nasser visits Hussein, the two discuss their respective failures, agreeing between them that only Omar's future matters now.
Nasser sees Tania at the train platform while she is running away, he shouts to her but she disappears. Meanwhile, at the laundrette, Omar nurses Johnny, the two bond; the film ends with a scene of them shirtless, playfully splashing each other with water from a sink, implying that they are continuing their relationship together. My Beautiful Laundrette was Frears' third feature film for the cinema. Shot in16mm for Channel 4 on a low-budget, it was met with such critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Film Festival that it was distributed to cinemas and became an international success; the film marked the first time Oliver Stapleton was in charge of cinematography in one of Frears' projects. He would become one of the director's most consistent collaborators. My Beautiful Laundrette received positive reviews holding a 97% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.3/10. My Beautiful Laundrette was nominated in 1987 for a single Academy Award – Best Original Screenplay, by Hanif Kureishi.
It lost to Her Sisters. Kureishi was nominated for a 1986 BAFTA award; the screenplay received an award from the American National Society of Film Critics. Daniel Day-Lewis received the 1986 award for Best Supporting Actor from the U. S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, box office results, cover stories, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905. Variety has been published since December 16, 1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering theater and vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City. Sime was fired by The Morning Telegraph in 1905 for panning an act which had taken out an advert for $50, said that it looked like he would have to start his own paper in order to be able to tell the truth. With a loan of $1,500 from his father-in-law, he launched Variety as editor. In addition to Sime's former employer The Morning Telegraph, other major competitors on launch were The New York Clipper and the New York Dramatic Mirror.
The original cover design, similar to the current design, was sketched by Edgar M. Miller, a scenic painter, who refused payment; the front cover contained pictures of the original editorial staff, who were Alfred Greason, Epes W Sargeant and Joshua Lowe, as well as Sime. The first issue contained a review by Sime's son Sidne known as Skigie, claimed to be the youngest critic in the world at seven years old. In 1922, Sime acquired The New York Clipper, reporting on the stage and other entertainment since 1853 and folded it two years merging some of its features into Variety. In 1922, Sime launched the Times Square Daily, which he referred to as "the world's worst daily" and soon scrapped. During that period, Variety staffers worked on all three papers. After the launch of The Hollywood Reporter in 1930, which Variety sued for alleged plagiarism in 1932, Sime launched Daily Variety in 1933, based in Hollywood, with Arthur Ungar as the editor, it replaced Variety Bulletin, issued in Hollywood on Fridays.
Daily Variety was published every day other than Sunday but on Monday to Friday. Ungar was editor until 1950, followed by Joe Schoenfeld and Thomas M. Pryor, succeeded by his son Pete; the Daily and the Weekly were run as independent newspapers, with the Daily concentrating on Hollywood news and the Weekly on U. S. and International coverage. Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931. Green remained as editor from 1931 until his death in 1973. Sime's son Sidne succeeded him as publisher of both publications. Following his death from tuberculosis in 1950, his only son Syd Silverman, was the sole heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syd's legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc. until 1956. After that date Syd Silverman managed the company as publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to Cahners Publishing for $64 million, he remained as publisher until 1990 when he was succeeded on Weekly Variety by Gerard A. Byrne and on Daily Variety by Sime's great grandson, Michael Silverman.
Syd became chairman of both publications. In 1953, Army Archerd's "Just for Variety" column appeared on page two of Daily Variety and swiftly became popular in Hollywood. Archerd broke countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of star-related hospitalizations and births; the column appeared daily for 52 years until September 1, 2005. On December 7, 1988, the editor, Roger Watkins and oversaw the transition to four-color print. Upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front; the old front-page box advertisement was replaced by a strip advertisement, along with the first photos published in Variety since Sime gave up using them in the old format in 1920: they depicted Sime and Syd. For twenty years from 1989 its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times.
In April 2009, Bart moved to the position of "vice president and editorial director", characterized online as "Boffo No More: Bart Up and Out at Variety". From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter and editor positions in the newsroom. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodical's owner, sold the publication to Penske Media Corporation. PMC is the owner of Deadline Hollywood, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Variety's largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October 2012, Jay Penske, Chairman and CEO of PMC, announced that the website's paywall would come down, the print publication would stay, he would invest more into Variety's digital platform in a townhall. In March 2013, Variety owner Jay Penske appointed three co-editors to oversee different parts of the publication's industry coverage; the decision was made to stop printing Daily Variety with the last printed edition published on March 19, 2013 with the headline "Variety A
The Hit (1984 film)
The Hit is a 1984 British road crime film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Hurt, Terence Stamp, Laura del Sol and Tim Roth. The film was Stamp's first starring role in over a decade and Roth won an Evening Standard award as an apprentice hit man; the title music is provided by Eric Clapton. Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia performed the soundtrack music; the film was released on DVD by The Criterion Collection in April 2009. London gangster Willie Parker gives evidence against his criminal compatriots in return for a generous offer from the police. Ten years Parker lives in comfortable retirement in Spain until four Spanish youths kidnap him and deliver him to two hit men hired by the kingpin that Parker helped put away. In the course of the kidnapping they murder a Spanish policeman, assigned to guard Parker. At least three of the youths are killed by a bomb in a briefcase handed to them by Braddock, the older of the hit men, pretending that it contains their payoff money.
Braddock is a world-weary professional killer. Parker adopts a carefree demeanour, claiming that he's had ten years to accept death as a simple part of life, he follows Braddock and Myron to a safe house in Madrid, where they are surprised to find Harry, an Australian gangster and acquaintance of Braddock, squatting there with his young Spanish girlfriend Maggie. Parker intentionally reveals his identity to Harry forcing the hit men to kidnap Maggie and kill Harry; the group heads toward the French border intending to reach Paris, where the kingpin against whom Parker testified is waiting for his arrival. All the while, Parker sows discord between the two hit men, causing a number of violent incidents that keep the police hot on their trail. A senior police inspector follows the trail of bodies. While stopping at a roadside bar, Myron is laughed at by some men while he is ordering beers, so he beats them up. Myron has developed a fondness for Maggie and begins protecting her from Braddock, who has several violent confrontations with her behind Myron's back.
Braddock takes Maggie with him to get petrol for the car. Maggie tries to alert the station attendant to her plight, resulting in Braddock shooting the attendant dead, they return to find Myron has allowed Parker to slip away. Braddock finds him gazing at a waterfall and confronts him about his lack of concern over his impending death. Parker reminds Braddock that death is inevitable for all and quotes John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud"; the next day, Braddock drives to an isolated hillside and announces that he's scrapped the plans to go to Paris. Afraid, Parker insists that he can't die until he goes to Paris. Braddock levels shoots him in the back as he flees, he turns the pistol on Myron and kills him. Maggie surprises they wrestle over the gun. During the struggle, Braddock knocks Maggie unconscious; the police locate the two bodies. As Braddock attempts to cross the Spanish-French border by foot, Maggie identifies him to the police, who fatally shoot him as he runs; the police attempt to question the dying Braddock but he only winks at Maggie before he dies.
Terence Stamp as Willie Parker John Hurt as Mitchell Braddock Tim Roth as Myron Laura del Sol as Maggie Bill Hunter as Harry James Lombard as Billy Morrison Fernando Rey as Senior Policeman Lennie Peters as Mr. Corrigan Willoughby Gray as Judge Jim Broadbent as Barrister At review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film is certified "fresh" with an overall approval rating of 86% as of April 2013. Wes Anderson ranked it the fifth best British film; the Hit on IMDb The Hit at AllMovie The Hit at Box Office Mojo The Hit at Rotten Tomatoes Chef du Cinema: The Hit an essay by Ron Deutsch at the Criterion Collection