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Portrait of a Hitman is a 1979 film directed by Allan A. Buckhantz and written by Yabo Yablonsky. Although the film was shot in 1977 and featured actors such as Jack Palance and Rod Steiger, it did not receive domestic distribution until 1984.

Portrait of a Hitman
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Directed byAllan A. Buckhantz
Produced byAndrzej Krakowski
James R. Rokos
Written byYabo Yablonsky
StarringJack Palance
Rod Steiger
Bo Svenson
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
CinematographyCharles Correll
Edited byMichael Ripps
Wildfire Productions
Distributed byAmerican National Enterprises (1984) (USA) (theatrical)
Western World Video (USA) (VHS)
Release date
Finland 11 May 1979
USA January 1984
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The soundtrack features songs by Pages (covering Bob Marley), Julie Inouye, Linda Little and Debbie James.



"Trained killer or talented artist... Jim Buck is both!"


A professional hitman who doubles as a painter is hired to kill a brain surgeon. But it turns out that not only are he and the surgeon are old friends, but they are both in love with the same woman.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Rod Steiger Max Andreotti
Jack Palance Jim Buck
Bo Svenson Dr. Bob Michaels
Ann Turkel Cathey
Richard Roundtree Coco Morrell
Philip Ahn Wong
Herb Jeffries Charlie Blue


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