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Diary of a Hitman (1991)

Hitman Dekker is on his last job, out to kill the wife (Jain) of his client, but he starts to waver. The longer he takes to do the job, the more difficult it becomes.

Director:

Roy London

Writers:

Kenneth Pressman (play), Kenneth Pressman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Dekker
Peter White ... Man in Garage
John Bedford Lloyd ... Dr. Jameson
Seymour Cassel ... Koenig
Dan Kamin ... Mime / Corpozoid Man
Wayne Crawford ... Wallace
Lewis Smith ... Zidzyck
Brett Rickaby ... Punk
Lois Chiles ... Sheila
Brenda Currin ... Neighbor Lady
Jimmy Butler ... Eddie
Ken Lerner ... Optometrist
Jake Dengel Jake Dengel ... Cooley
Jim Belushi ... Shandy (as James Belushi)
Tommy Lafitte Tommy Lafitte ... Piccolo
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Storyline

Hitman Dekker is on his last job, out to kill the wife (Jain) of his client, but he starts to waver. The longer he takes to do the job, the more difficult it becomes. Written by Rob Hartill

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,388, 3 May 1992

Gross USA:

$31,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,815
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only feature film directed by Roy London. See more »

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Referenced in Granada Reports: 8 August 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Luther
Written by Gregory Haughey
Performed by Gregory Haughey
Copyright 1990 Rhythm Method Music Services
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The play was bad or the adaptation was bad
30 November 2014 | by Quebec_DragonSee all my reviews

I have trouble believing this movie has so many good user reviews here, because for me it was rather poor. I understand that it's from a play, "Insider's Price", and its origins show. I usually like Forest Whitaker, the hit-man, but I think he was badly directed here. He overacts, a lot, and his narration was atrocious as in exaggerated and almost ludicrous. It wasn't even a real diary, it was a phone conversation and as such it worked even less. I get our hit-man isn't the sharpest tool in the block but the writing seemed weak with some lousy lines. The target, Sherilyn Fenn's, although looking fine, was arguably worse acting-wise, because her reactions often weren't believable or seemed emotionally fake. You see James Belushi and Sharon Stone in the credits, but they only have 5-minute cameos. Belushi's part could have easily been cut. Sharon Stone's was a bit more interesting but any actress could have done it.

The main part of the film was a confrontation between the hit-man and the target in her apartment. From the way it was shot, the confined space and the acting, it really felt theatrical there but not in a good way. I suppose some scenes would have elicited laughter in front of a audience (such as the pulling back and forth of the curtains or the cake scene), but here, they seemed out of place. I was more often puzzled by reactions than gripped by tension as to her fate and that of the baby. Also, very little action here, it was all very talkative. This film seemed very forgettable fare to me.

Rating: 3 out of 10 (poor)


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