I Hired a Contract Killer


1h 19m 1990

Brief Synopsis

After losing his job and realizing that he is alone in the world, a businessman opts to voluntarily end his life rather than allow himself to sink into further despair. Lacking courage, he hires a contract killer to do the job. Then, while awaiting his demise, he meets a woman and promptly falls in

Film Details

Also Known As
J'ai engage un tueur a gages
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Finnish Film Foundation; Finnkino Oy; Pandora Films; Pyramide Films; Swedish Film Institute; Villealfa Filmproductions
Distribution Company
Academy Distribuzione; Christa Saredi World Sales; Electric Pictures/Contemporary Films Ltd; Finnkino Oy; Pyramide Distribution
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m

Synopsis

After losing his job and realizing that he is alone in the world, a businessman opts to voluntarily end his life rather than allow himself to sink into further despair. Lacking courage, he hires a contract killer to do the job. Then, while awaiting his demise, he meets a woman and promptly falls in love.

Film Details

Also Known As
J'ai engage un tueur a gages
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Finnish Film Foundation; Finnkino Oy; Pandora Films; Pyramide Films; Swedish Film Institute; Villealfa Filmproductions
Distribution Company
Academy Distribuzione; Christa Saredi World Sales; Electric Pictures/Contemporary Films Ltd; Finnkino Oy; Pyramide Distribution
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m

Articles

TCM Remembers Joe Strummer,1952-2002


Joe Strummer, the former lead singer of the seminal punk group, The Clash, and who would later compose and act in some of the artiest cult films of the last 15 years, died of a heart attack on December 22 at his home in Somerset, England. He was 50.

Strummer was born John Mellor on August 21, 1952 in Ankara, Turkey, to a British diplomat. Unlike most of his punk contemporaries, Strummer was educated at a private school, but soon felt a strong desire to perform music. In 1976, he and guitarist-songwriter Mick Jones formed The Clash, releasing their first records the following year. The Clash quickly established themselves as one of the most potent bands in the UK punk explosion, releasing a string of scathing, explosive singles over the next few years: "White Riot", "London Calling", "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)", "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" establishing them as one of the few bands to successfully combine raw political fervor with rancorous force and musical versatility.

The Clash would eventually disband in 1986, and Strummer soon found himself in the film industry when British filmmaker Alex Cox approached him to contribute to the soundtrack for the punk biopic Sid and Nancy (1986). A fruitful career in films followed and Strummer produced the music for Cox's irreverent historical drama Walker (1987) and Julian Schnabel's moving story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's short life in Basquiat (1996). Thanks to his snarling charisma, Strummer also found himself in front of the camera for some notable directors. He played a street thug in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1983); an amusing cameo in Alex Cox's spaghetti western spoof Straight to Hell (1987); and appeared in cult director Jim Jarmusch's wry comedy Mystery Train (1989) (as a British loner stranded in a Memphis motel) and Aki Kaurismaki's eerie mood pieceI Hired a Contract Killer (1990). Most impressively, Strummer's songs have been featured in several recent films: the John Cusack produced Grosse Pointe Blank (1997); Stephen Daldry's popular hit Billy Elliot (2000); and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - all prominently feature Joe Strummer's fiery vocals, coloring and propelling the movie in some manner. Strummer is survived by his wife Lucy, two daughters and a stepdaughter.

by Michael T. Toole
Tcm Remembers Joe Strummer,1952-2002

TCM Remembers Joe Strummer,1952-2002

Joe Strummer, the former lead singer of the seminal punk group, The Clash, and who would later compose and act in some of the artiest cult films of the last 15 years, died of a heart attack on December 22 at his home in Somerset, England. He was 50. Strummer was born John Mellor on August 21, 1952 in Ankara, Turkey, to a British diplomat. Unlike most of his punk contemporaries, Strummer was educated at a private school, but soon felt a strong desire to perform music. In 1976, he and guitarist-songwriter Mick Jones formed The Clash, releasing their first records the following year. The Clash quickly established themselves as one of the most potent bands in the UK punk explosion, releasing a string of scathing, explosive singles over the next few years: "White Riot", "London Calling", "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)", "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" establishing them as one of the few bands to successfully combine raw political fervor with rancorous force and musical versatility. The Clash would eventually disband in 1986, and Strummer soon found himself in the film industry when British filmmaker Alex Cox approached him to contribute to the soundtrack for the punk biopic Sid and Nancy (1986). A fruitful career in films followed and Strummer produced the music for Cox's irreverent historical drama Walker (1987) and Julian Schnabel's moving story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's short life in Basquiat (1996). Thanks to his snarling charisma, Strummer also found himself in front of the camera for some notable directors. He played a street thug in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1983); an amusing cameo in Alex Cox's spaghetti western spoof Straight to Hell (1987); and appeared in cult director Jim Jarmusch's wry comedy Mystery Train (1989) (as a British loner stranded in a Memphis motel) and Aki Kaurismaki's eerie mood pieceI Hired a Contract Killer (1990). Most impressively, Strummer's songs have been featured in several recent films: the John Cusack produced Grosse Pointe Blank (1997); Stephen Daldry's popular hit Billy Elliot (2000); and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - all prominently feature Joe Strummer's fiery vocals, coloring and propelling the movie in some manner. Strummer is survived by his wife Lucy, two daughters and a stepdaughter. by Michael T. Toole

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Nominated for 1991 European Film of the Year by the European Cinema Society.

Released in United States 1990

Released in United States September 1990

Released in United States September 13, 1990

Released in United States November 1990

Released in United States 1991

Released in United States January 1991

Released in United States February 1991

Released in United States April 1991

Released in United States May 1991

Released in United States 1995

Shown at New York Film Festival September 21-October 7, 1990.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 6-15, 1990.

Shown at Venice Film Festival September 13, 1990.

Shown at Stockholm International Film Festival November 1-4, 1990.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 26-May 9, 1991.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-13, 1991.

Shown at Berlin Film Festival (International Forum) February 15-26, 1991.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1991.

Completed shooting May 5, 1990.

Released in United States 1990 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 21-October 7, 1990.)

Released in United States September 13, 1990 (Shown at Venice Film Festival September 13, 1990.)

Released in United States November 1990 (Shown at Stockholm International Film Festival November 1-4, 1990.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "Growing Up with Jean-Pierre Leaud: Nouvelle Vague's Wild Child" December 16 - January 6, 1995.)

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 26-May 9, 1991.)

Released in United States January 1991 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-13, 1991.)

Released in United States February 1991 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival (International Forum) February 15-26, 1991.)

Released in United States April 1991 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (New European Cinema) April 11-25, 1991.)

Released in United States May 1991 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1991.)

Began shooting March 27, 1990.

Released in United States September 1990 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 6-15, 1990.)