Forget the flashy but empty \"cor blimey guv\" Brit crime movies of the last few years like \'Snatch\' and \'Sexy Beast\'. Apart from \'Croupier\' and \'Gangster No. 1\', most of them aren\'t worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the brilliant but largely forgotten \'The Long Good Friday\', \'Mona Lisa\', and the most underrated of all, \'The Hit\'. Terence Stamp, playing a character not too dissimilar from the one he later portrays in \'The Limey\', is a former gangster who grassed up his criminal mates years earlier. Now living in semi-retirement in Spain he is unexpectedly kidnapped by two hoods (John Hurt and, in one of his earliest screen roles, Tim Roth) who plan on taking him to Paris and killing him as punishment for betraying the criminal code. Of course, things don\'t go quite as planned and along the way the sexy Laura del Sol gets forced against her will to accompany them. This is a very fresh and interesting film that is more character than action based so might not appeal to the Guy Ritchie crowd. It\'s their loss. Stamp is just brilliant and his interaction with Hurt and Roth makes this a must see movie. The supporting cast also includes the legendary Fernando Rey (\'The French Connection\') as the cop on their trail, and Aussie veteran Bill Hunter as a crim in the wrong place at the wrong time. \'The Hit\' is one of the most overlooked British movies of the last twenty years, and highly recommend viewing for all discerning movie buffs.