Brown plays Michael Grant, secret government assassin fed up with killing and ready to quit after an assignment handed him by boss Nordlinger (Daniel von Bargan). As usual, he doesn't know what wrongs his proposed victim has committed. He seeks his target out at a remote New Mexico hacienda, reneges on his deal with Nordlinger, and buys a lonely house for himself for his retirement.

Brown plays Michael Grant, secret government assassin fed up with killing and ready to quit after an assignment handed him by boss Nordlinger (Daniel von Bargan). As usual, he doesn’t know what wrongs his proposed victim has committed. He seeks his target out at a remote New Mexico hacienda, reneges on his deal with Nordlinger, and buys a lonely house for himself for his retirement.

Anna (Adams) is the widowed house owner now living with her dad, Wilbur Bryant (Harris Yulin), and her son (Rider Strong) not far from Grant’s new home.

The plotting flickers between intricate and tricky, and the story fits like fingers in a glove, but Klenhard, Sharp and Egelson bring it off.

It may be strained, but it registers as a satisfying actioner.

Brown’s sure-handed performance as a wearied, spiritless man who comes back to life with Anna is on the mark.

Adams’ Anna is a convincing study of a self-assured woman who finds herself concerned with mysterious Grant.

Yulin’s suspicious Bryant is terrif, and young Rider Strong, Sally Kemp as a hotel owner and von Bergen are all solid.

Production designer Dan Bishop sets the tone for the vidpic by making the surrounding New Mexican atmosphere attractive, unprepossessing and, at the same time, forbidding.

The quick, deliberate timing is enhanced by Paul Dixon’s strong editing.

Composer Gary Chang’s accompanying musical score is appropriate.

Usa World Premiere Movie the Last Hit

(Wed. (31), 9-11 p.m., USA)

Production

Filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Garson Studios and MTE. Exec producers, Bob Christiansen, Rick Rosenberg; director, Jan Egelson; writers, Walter Klenhard, Alan Sharp; based on novel "The Long Kill" by Patrick Ruell.

Crew

Camera, Tom Priestley; editor, Paul Dixon; production designer, Dan Bishop; sound, Walter Hoylman; music, Gary Chang.

Cast

Cast: Bryan Brown, Brooke Adams, Harris Yulin, Daniel von Bargen, Sally Kemp, Rider Strong, Paul Blott, John David Garfield, Lawrence Parke, Angelina Torres.
With a well-constructed, tight teleplay by Walter Klenhard and Alan Sharp, "The Last Hit" covers all its bases without dropping a stitch. Directed with finesse by Jan Egelson, filmed beautifully by cinematographer Tom Priestley, the sharp thriller also lets Bryan Brown and Brooke Adams act as a team; the whole combo works.
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