Hit List (1989 film)

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Hit List
Hit List FilmPoster.jpeg
United States theatrical poster
Directed by William Lustig
Produced by Lisa M. Hansen
Paul Hertzberg
Jefferson Richard
Written by Peter Brosnan
John F. Goff
Music by Garry Schyman
Cinematography James Lemmo
Vincent J. Rabe
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • March 3, 1989 (1989-03-03)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hit List is a 1989 action–thriller movie directed by William Lustig.[1] The tagline for the movie was: "They attacked the wrong woman... They kidnapped the wrong child... And they made the wrong man their target." The film was produced by Cinetel Films and was distributed in US theaters by New Line Cinema and in Canadian theaters by Cineplex Odeon Films and on VHS format by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, but has been out of print for some time. As of December 26, 2009, Sony has not announced any plans to release a DVD of the movie. The movie was referenced in the movie Urban Legend (1998).


Gangster boss Vic Luca (Rip Torn) is scheduled to appear in court and so hires a hit man/shoe salesman Chris Caleek (Lance Henriksen) to kill the witnesses. He has a mole in the police force who tells him names and locations of the witnesses. Unfortunately, during the last hit, the professional killer enters the wrong house. When owner Jack Collins comes home, he finds his pregnant wife unconscious in the kitchen, his friend dead in the living room and his son kidnapped. Wanting Luca to believe he has the real witness' son, the authorities take Collins into custody. But Collins manages to escape and takes things into his own hands.


  • Though Josh Becker and Scott Spiegel were uncredited, they wrote three drafts of the script. Everything they wrote was featured in the film.
  • While re-writing the Jack Collins character, Josh Becker wanted the 'average guy' to have a profession where he knew how to fight. After William Lustig shot down the idea of Collins being a Vietnam vet, an idea he was "completely sick to death of", Becker came up with Collins being a carpenter. Becker thought Collins should at least know how to use his hands. Lustig shot that down as well. Upon meeting Jan-Michael Vincent, Becker found out he was into carpentry and was also a Vietnam vet.
  • The first draft script title was originally "Hell to Pay".



  1. ^ "Hit List". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 

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