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  • Actors: William Forsythe, Jo Champa, Richard Norton, George Segal
  • Directors: Joseph Merhi
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • Run Time: 91.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8DLYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

WILLIAM FORSYTHE and GEORGE SEGAL star in this high tension undercover action/thriller about a professional assassin who discovers that retirement can be a deadly proposition. After years as the CIA's most feared hit man, John Hatch (Forsythe) finally decides to quit the killing game. But when he learns that Savannah, his beautiful would-be victim, is actually an innocent pawn, Hatch not only refuses to kill her...he becomes her protector. Now, with the high-tech firepower of the entire CIA bearing down on them, Hatch and Savannah begin a desperate fight for survival. A fight that will force Hatch to unleash every assassin's trick in his arsenal as he turns the tables and the action explodes to a heart stopping twist ending!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Gantt on September 1, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
DIRECT HIT effectively returns audiences to one of Hollywood's
best genres: the cat and mouse game. The movie reminds us that
flesh and blood adversaries, who display both motives and emotions, are more interesting to watch than the flanks of computer generated combatants populating big studio action flicks. "Hit" is a worthy diversion from all that blockbuster noise. Ensemble work by an excellent cast also makes a notable
difference and gives this film its compelling quality. William
Forsythe is John Hatch, a hit man with one last assignment from
the Agency before his retirement. He falls for his target, a
woman questionably charged with bribing a senator, and becomes
her protector. Hatch's boss (George Segal) dispatches another
agent, played by Richard Norton, to clean up the mess. In a smartly acted bar room scene, Norton admonishes Forsythe, "You
turned your target into people. Can't do that." Fans do not
need a reminder that Norton ranks among the best actors in action dramas and thrillers. Even so, Norton's finely nuanced performance in "Direct Hit" delivers another example of the remarkable skill and energy he consistently brings to the screen with every role.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Edwards on January 24, 2009
Format: DVD
Direct Hit (1994) In the late 80's and early 90's, a production company called PM Entertainment turned out a slew of usually avoidable horror and action flicks direct to video. As time wore on, their product did improve in quality though. Case in point, this actioner starring William Forsythe (Stone Cold). Forsythe, a very recognizable bad guy in countless action movies, gets to strut his stuff as the lead here. He's a burned out hit man named Hatch working for a faceless government agency, and he's desperate to retire. When his last assignment turns out to be an attractive and innocent young woman, he instead takes her on the run, with his employer's other thugs in hot pursuit. Forsythe is an interesting choice for the protagonist, with his less-than-chiseled body and non-leading-man looks, and he is very good as the heartless killer trying to find his soul. I don't want to make this seem like a deep thought film or anything. It's a popcorn movie that knows how to blow stuff up real good. If you like that kind of entertainment, give this one a try. Also with Richard Norton (China O'Brien) and George Segal (Look Who's Talking).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rsoonsa VINE VOICE on May 24, 2005
Format: DVD
Most of what comes about during this action melodrama is precisely what must be expected, given the rather ordinary pedigrees of those responsible, in a narrative of John Hatch (William Forsythe), an assassin for the CIA whose activities unaccountably seem to be confined to stateside assignments. Presumably recognizing after a lengthy career that his original aspirations for patriotic service have been mislayed due to the callous aspects of his occupation, Hatch has determined that he will retire from the life of a "hit man". Compelled by CIA chieftain James Tronson (George Segal) to implement one last murder more than he desires, Hatch stalks his designated target: Savannah (Jo Champa) who purportedly is blackmailing a public figure, a former CIA director who is campaigning for a position of U.S. Senator. Having had the precepts he once believed in buried by the nature of his activities Hatch decides, in an attempt to partially redeem himself, not to complete his obligation but instead protects Savannah from the Agency after discovering that she is a victim of governmental deception and not an extortioner. Forsythe, a true original, performs his role as well as he can under the circumstances, and with his wonted low-key manner, here marked with a more than usual emphasis upon throatily aspirating his lines. He can, however, be heard and understood, a condition not consistently achieved in this production wherein the dubbing is often misaligned and the editing is uneven, manifest despite all of the violent proceedings.Read more ›
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By dannho on October 24, 2010
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
This is for the Amazon VOD rental of this film. I have always liked William Forsythe so
I thought I would take a chance on this movie. The film has a decent story-line with Forsythe
playing a hitman with second thoughts about his last job. Forsythe is good in the role
as is George Segal playing his boss. I was not impressed with Jo Champa in the female lead.
She's not much of a actress. This is not bad for the VOD rental price but there are quite
a few other films with the same story-line which are much better.
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