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Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Bon Jovi ... Robin Grange
Anna Galiena ... Elena Webb
Lambert Wilson ... Felix Webb
Thandie Newton ... Hilary Rule
Barry Humphries ... Humphrey Beal
David Warner ... Tod
Patricia Hodge ... Delvene
Diana Quick ... Susan
Harriet Walter ... Liz Flett
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Henry
Claire Cox ... Serena
Kevin McKidd ... Ant
Victoria Smurfit ... Annabel
Laura Austin-Little Laura Austin-Little ... Miranda Webb
Danny Worters Danny Worters ... Danny Webb (as Daniel Worters)
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Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his success. He has fallen passionately in love with Hilary, a beautiful, fiesty young actress, and is preparing to desert his perfect family, his wife Elena and three lively children. His intolerable situation is further complicated when Humphrey casts Hilary as one of the leads in 'The Hit Man'. Enter Robin Grange, a charismatic young Hollywood actor making his London theatre debut. Robin is attractive, charming and dangerous, and soon inveigles his way into everyone's life. He ingratiates himself with the cast and, quickly grasping Felix's dilemma, sets about weaving his web of mischief. He suggests that if he were to seduce Elena, she would be distracted from Felix's affair, regain her self respect, and perhaps even willingly part from the unfaithful husband to whom she clings. Initially Felix is ... Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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Indecent. Immoral. Irresistible. It's the role he was born to play. See more »


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Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The exterior of the theatre in which the play is performed is obviously The Playhouse, Charing Cross, London but the interior is the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London. See more »


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Burning Down the House
Performed by Talking Heads
Composed by David Byrne (as Byrne)/Chris Frantz (as Frantz)/Tina Weymouth (as Weymouth)/Jerry Harrison (as Harrison)
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Jon Bon Jovi for Robin Grange: Great pick!
31 March 2007 | by ipekmineSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie when I saw it at the cinema years ago. I hadn't expected much, had gone there just to see Jon Bon Jovi's performance in it but it'd be fair to say that the movie gave me more than what I'd bargained for. In the first place, it was not filled with clichés and most of the cast did a real good job through the movie. And, most of all, Robin Grange was so much fun to watch, it was a very smart pick to choose Jon Bon Jovi to play such an irresistible, charming character -if you know what I mean. All in all, the movie was surprisingly good for me and through the years I've seen it at least a dozen times and what I think of it still hasn't changed.


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