Hit List (1989)

R | 90 mins | Adventure | 3 March 1989

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HISTORY

The 16 Dec 1987 Var reported that CineTel Films would be producing seven films, including Hit List, for a collective production cost of $25 million.
       The 27 Jan 1988 Var stated that principal photography began 18 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA.
       The following acknowledgment appears in end credit: “The Producers wish to thank the following companies for their assistance in the filming of “Hit List,” AT & T, Coca-Cola, Creative Film Promotions, Norm Marshall & Associates, Miller Brewing Co., Paper Mart, Unique Product Placement, The Vista Group, Pasquini Expresso Co., WWB Bowling Supply, Nike. Bad Dog, Inc., Starbase-courtesy of Photon Entertainment, Inc.”; and, "Special Thanks to Jay Chattaway"; and, "The Producers wish to thank the following companies for their assistance in the filming of Hit List: AT&T; Coca Cola; Creative Film Promotions; Norm Marshall & Associates; Miller Brewing Co.; Paper Mart; Unique Product Placement; The Vista Group; Pasquini Expresso Co.; WWB Bowling Supply; Nike; Bad Dog, Inc.; Starbase-Courtesy of Photon Entertainment, ... More Less

The 16 Dec 1987 Var reported that CineTel Films would be producing seven films, including Hit List, for a collective production cost of $25 million.
       The 27 Jan 1988 Var stated that principal photography began 18 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA.
       The following acknowledgment appears in end credit: “The Producers wish to thank the following companies for their assistance in the filming of “Hit List,” AT & T, Coca-Cola, Creative Film Promotions, Norm Marshall & Associates, Miller Brewing Co., Paper Mart, Unique Product Placement, The Vista Group, Pasquini Expresso Co., WWB Bowling Supply, Nike. Bad Dog, Inc., Starbase-courtesy of Photon Entertainment, Inc.”; and, "Special Thanks to Jay Chattaway"; and, "The Producers wish to thank the following companies for their assistance in the filming of Hit List: AT&T; Coca Cola; Creative Film Promotions; Norm Marshall & Associates; Miller Brewing Co.; Paper Mart; Unique Product Placement; The Vista Group; Pasquini Expresso Co.; WWB Bowling Supply; Nike; Bad Dog, Inc.; Starbase-Courtesy of Photon Entertainment, Inc." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 1989
p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
6 Mar 1989
Calendar, p. 8.
Variety
16 Dec 1987
p. 17, 21.
Variety
27 Jan 1988.
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Variety
18 Jan 1988.
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Variety
8 Mar 1989
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Cinetel Films, Inc. presents
A William Lustig film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Dir, 2d unit
Dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Still photog
Key grip
Key grip
Best boy grip
Grip/Elec
Grip
Elec
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Addl cam asst, 2d unit
Addl cam asst, 2d unit
Addl cam asst, 2d unit
Still photo processing
Cam equip
Grip/Elec equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art asst
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed, Post prod
Post prod services, Post prod
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Swing crew
Prop master
Prop asst
COSTUMES
Key costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Recorded/Mixed at
Asst eng
Synclavier programmed by
Keyboard
Keyboard
Mus ed
Addl synclavier
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Supv sd ed, Post prod
Supv sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
ADR supv, Post prod
Foley artist, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
ADR mixer, Post prod
ADR mixer, Post prod
Foley mixer, Post prod
Rec, Post prod
Rec, Post prod
Transfers, Post prod
Opt sd rec, Post prod
Ultra Stereo consultant, Post prod
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec makeup eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Mr. Torn's hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver/Mechanics
Driver/Mechanics
Driver
Driver
Driver
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Emt/Paramedic
Prod auditor
Asst auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to Mr. Vincent
Craft service
Set security
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting
Transfers, Post prod
Payroll
Legal services
Completion guarantor
Financial services
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Still photo processing
Col by
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bad News," written by Robby Weaver and Rusty Weaver, © Bertus Publishing (BMI).
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 March 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 3 March 1989
Production Date:
began 18 January 1988
Copyright Claimant:
Hit List Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 September 1988
Copyright Number:
PA383804
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Color
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29279
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Tom Mitchum interrupts the interment of a priest by smashing the coffin open with a shovel and tearing open the corpse’s chest. The mortified mourners watch in disbelief as he takes six kilos of cocaine from the cleric’s chest cavity. Tom and his partner, Jared, arrest undertakers Frank "Frankie" DeSalvo and Abe Fasio, and explain to the officiating priest that the corpse is now state’s evidence. At a federal courthouse, mafia kingpin Vic Luca steps out of a hearing to tell reporters there is no such thing as "The Mafia.” He issues a challenge for Mitchum to prove otherwise. A reporter points out that three witnesses have gone missing, but Luca observes that they may be shy. He orders his lawyer, Gravenstein, to buy off the Federal judge, then gets word that Mitchum has arrested Frank and Abe. Luca calls hit man Chris Caleek to put a contract on the two men. That night, Caleek breaks into a jail, massacres the guards and assassinates Abe. Frankie and his son, Frank Jr., are brought to a suburban safe house across the street from where Jack Collins lives with his wife, Sandy, and son, Kenny. Later that day, Brian Armstrong, Jack's former army friend, visits and Sandy tells him she is pregnant with her second child. Jack leaves to get some cement and Brian and Kenny practice martial arts. When they go inside, the door slams and a loosened house number swings upside down, changing the six to a nine. Caleek arrives, and mistaking the Collin’s house for the place Frankie is ... +


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Tom Mitchum interrupts the interment of a priest by smashing the coffin open with a shovel and tearing open the corpse’s chest. The mortified mourners watch in disbelief as he takes six kilos of cocaine from the cleric’s chest cavity. Tom and his partner, Jared, arrest undertakers Frank "Frankie" DeSalvo and Abe Fasio, and explain to the officiating priest that the corpse is now state’s evidence. At a federal courthouse, mafia kingpin Vic Luca steps out of a hearing to tell reporters there is no such thing as "The Mafia.” He issues a challenge for Mitchum to prove otherwise. A reporter points out that three witnesses have gone missing, but Luca observes that they may be shy. He orders his lawyer, Gravenstein, to buy off the Federal judge, then gets word that Mitchum has arrested Frank and Abe. Luca calls hit man Chris Caleek to put a contract on the two men. That night, Caleek breaks into a jail, massacres the guards and assassinates Abe. Frankie and his son, Frank Jr., are brought to a suburban safe house across the street from where Jack Collins lives with his wife, Sandy, and son, Kenny. Later that day, Brian Armstrong, Jack's former army friend, visits and Sandy tells him she is pregnant with her second child. Jack leaves to get some cement and Brian and Kenny practice martial arts. When they go inside, the door slams and a loosened house number swings upside down, changing the six to a nine. Caleek arrives, and mistaking the Collin’s house for the place Frankie is being held, breaks into the home and knocks Sandy unconscious. Brian sees this from outside, leaps through a window and attacks Caleek. After a brutal battle, Caleek shoots Brian dead. Later, Jack screams, attracting Tom and his partner Jared from across the street. Sandy is rushed to the hospital. Tom orders a policeman to book Jack after he talks to his wife. He explains to Jared at that as long as Vic Luca thinks he has Frank Jr., Frankie will be too scared to testify. He suggests they keep Jack from the media until after the trial the next day. At the hospital, Jack Collins learns that Sandy has lost their baby. He overhears police talking about booking him and discovers they are hiding Frankie at the Starlite hotel. Jack beats up the cops and steals their keys. After returning home to get a gun, he makes his way to the Starlite. He slips through a bathroom window and hides in a shower until Frankie comes in. Thinking Jack is Vic Luca’s man, Frankie assures Jack that he is not going to talk. Once Jack gets Frankie into his car, he demands the undertaker help him get his son Kenny back. Frankie convinces Jack they cannot go directly to Vic Luca or he will kill Kenny. He takes Jack to his father’s pizzeria only to find Vic Luca’s men have already killed him. Frankie tells Jack he will help him get his son only if Jack helps him kill Vic. They are spotted by two of Vic’s goons and duck into a laser tag arena. The players are unaware that a real gunfight is underway. Jack guns down one of Vic Luca’s men, and shoots the second in the leg. The goon tells Jack that Caleek has Kenny at his shoe store. Frankie thanks the man before killing him. Next morning, they stake out Caleek’s store, but the assassin spots them and slips out the back, and drives off. Jack follows him to Vic’s home. Caleek gets out of his car and shoots out Jack’s tires. Vic’s men take Frankie and Jack prisoner, but before they can be dragged inside, Tom, Jared, and a squad of FBI agents arrive. Frankie agrees to testify if they let Jack go. Jack obtains Caleek’s address, and finds himself at a junkyard where he sees Caleek untying Kenny. Jack screams for Caleek to drop his weapon, but the killer uses Kenny as a shield. After a running gunfight, Caleek tosses Kenny into a car and drives off. Jack gets into Caleek’s truck and they race through the streets of Los Angeles, causing automobile accidents in their wake. Meanwhile, Frankie avoids answering any of the prosecutor’s questions in court. During a recess, Frankie tells Vic he grabbed the wrong kid. In court, Vic’s lawyer, Gravenstein, keeps interrupting Frankie’s testimony with objections until the judge yells that Vic is “scum and should have been in jail twenty years ago.” Gravenstein asks for a mistrial. Mitchum tells Frankie he is free to go, then gives him his car keys and tells the criminal to look under the car seat. Frankie does what he is told and finds a loaded pistol. He hears a police radio broadcast that Jack has chased Caleek onto a parking garage roof. Caleek ends the chase by crashing into Jack’s truck. Still holding Kenny, Caleek opens fire pinning Jack down. Frankie arrives just as Kenny breaks free. He tosses his pistol to Jack, who fires six rounds into Caleek’s chest. Jack and Frankie get Kenny into the truck, but as they drive down the garage ramp, Caleek jumps down from an overpass. Jack shakes Caleek loose, then runs him over, but Caleek grabs the truck undercarriage and holds on. Jack speeds out the parking entrance, impaling Caleek on the driveway spikes. Later, Tom and Jared leave the courthouse after the judge officially declares a mistrial. Vic Luca gloats that he knows Mitchum is dying of cancer and Luca will dance on his grave. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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