The Hit List (2011 film)

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The Hit List
The Hit List.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by William Kaufman
Produced by
  • Freddy Braidy
  • Rich Cowan
  • Johnny Martin
Written by
  • Chad Law
  • Evan Law
Music by Deane Ogden
Cinematography Mark Rutledge
Edited by Jason A. Payne
Motion Picture Corporation of America
North by Northwest Entertainment
Stage 6 Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million

The Hit List is a 2011 American action film written by Chad and Evan Law, and directed by William Kaufman, and starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Cole Hauser. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on May 10, 2011.


Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), a man who has had a very bad day, goes to a bar to drown his sorrows. He drunkenly befriends a mysterious man who calls himself Jonas Arbor (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), revealing to him a list of five people he wishes were dead. But as the bodies start piling up, and with a detective (Jonathan LaPaglia) hot on his trail, Allan, no longer believing the events to be a practical joke, must set out to end the murders before it's too late for his wife.


  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Jonas Arbor
  • Cole Hauser as Allan Campbell
  • Jonathan LaPaglia as Detective Neil McKay
  • Ginny Weirick as Sydney Campbell
  • Sean Cook as Brian Felzner
  • Drew Waters as Mike Dodd
  • Matt Beckham as Agent Drake Ford
  • Brandon O'Neill as Dom Estacado
  • J.P. O'Shaughnessy as Lt. Ben Harp
  • David Andriole as Detective Ray Lowery
  • Brandon Messenger as Agent Cole Baldridge


Actor Christian Slater, who also starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Lies & Illusions as well as Sacrifice, was originally rumored to play the part of Allan Campbell. Slater co-starred with Hauser in the film Shadows of the White Nights.

The writers of Hero Wanted, and also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., penned the screenplay, while several of the producers of Hero Wanted, End Game, and Wrong Turn at Tahoe produced.

Director William Kaufman of the 2005 indie action thriller The Prodigy was chosen to direct.

Filming took place in Spokane, Washington in early 2010. The local police in Spokane refused to officially participate in the film's production because of the film's depiction of violence toward police officers. This is due to the 2009 shooting of Lakewood, Washington, police officers, which occurred two months before principal photography began.


The original music score for the film was composed and conducted by composer Deane Ogden

  • "Honky Tonk Barstool"

Written by Zach Selwyn
Performed by Zachariah and the Lobos Riders
Courtesy of Papago Records.

  • "47 Ways To Die"

Written by Steve Blaze
Performed by Lillian Axe
From the album "Deep Red Shadows"

  • "One More Time"

Written by John Riven
Performed by John Riven

Home media[edit]

DVD was released in Region 2 in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2011, and also Region 1 in the United States on May 10, 2011, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.