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The Replacement Killers (1998)

A troubled hitman seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug lord has hired replacements to finish the job, and kill the hitman.

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John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
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Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
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Rawlins
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Lam
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Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ...
Stevie
Sydney Coberly ...
Sara

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John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers." Written by Anonymous

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When people need to disappear, they come to see Meg. When they're about to go, they never see John coming. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and for language | See all certifications »

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,200,000 (Non-US) (23 January 1998)

Gross:

$18,967,571 (USA) (17 April 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Fuqua and Chow decided to cut some of the dialogue originally written for his role, partly to focus more on the visual aspects of the film, and partly because Chow's English wasn't that good back then. See more »

Goofs

The MP5k and the Beretta PM-12S that the 'Replacements' use fire continuously for long periods (or in bursts many, many times). An MP5 will empty its 30-round magazine in 2.3 seconds on full-automatic fire. See more »

Quotes

[John Lee points his gun at the back of Collins head, and Collins realizes his time is up]
Collins: Checkmate.
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Referenced in All the Rage (1999) See more »

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Jaan
Written by Talvin Singh
Performed by Talvin Singh featuring Amar
Courtesy of Omni Records Ltd. / Quango Music Group / Island Records, Inc.
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Hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.
17 April 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Wild and absolutely menacing thriller involving Chow Yun-Fat (in his American film debut) as John Lee, a quiet yet resourceful hit-man who along with a sarcastic forger, Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), become involved when Lee refuses to take out someone close to a cop (Michael Rooker), who shot and killed his mobster boss' drug-dealing son during a drug bust and in the process, Coburn and Lee are also targeted by his superiors.

It's a brilliant debut for Yun-Fat and director Antoine Fuqua ("Bait", "Training Day"), both of whom show their skills with such respect. Some of the shoot-outs that take place in some areas that you wouldn't even think of (car wash, alley, movie theater, etc.). Plus, the cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister and composer Harry Gregson-Williams excell in making the movie even more entertaining. The scenery has a very colorful and artistic look to it and the music doesn't get too loud. I think of the movie as "Lethal Weapon" made like in the style of John Woo, who is one of the film's producers.

"The Replacement Killers" certainly hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.


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