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Hit Me (1996)

Cast: Elias Koteas, Laure Marsac, Jay Leggett, more...
Director: Steven Shainberg
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Neo Noir, Neo Noir
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Hit Me is a film adaptation of Jim Thompson's crime novel, A Swell-Looking Babe. Sonny (Elias Koteas) lives with his retarded older brother, Leroy (Jay Leggett), and works very hard as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique (Laure Marsac) a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in. Sonny delivers her room service order and finds her bleeding from the wrists. She and Del (Bruce Ramsay), a male prostitute, draw Sonny into a robbery scheme which quickly begins to unravel. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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Don't expect a literal translation by LStokes April 17, 2006 - 10:24 AM PDT
"Hit Me" is supposedly based on Jim Thompson's book "A Swell Looking Babe", and plot-wise, follows along decently. But do not expect a literal translation. All dialogue has been changed, as well as key points such as the role the bellhop's mother & father had played in his life. All mention of the mom & dad are gone, replaced by a semi-retarded brother.
While films often take liberties with Thompson books (notably "The Getaway"), this is probably the least faithful in terms of the material provided by Thompson.
It probably would serve the audience better for the director/write to refer this film as "influenced by Jim Thompson".

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