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The Replacement Killers (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 February 1998 (USA)
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Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man 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 hit-man.

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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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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£359,183 (UK) (19 June 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the music that plays over the introduction of the "replacement killers" as they walk through the airport terminal, the female voice that is heard singing is actress Claire Trevor singing "Moanin' Low" from the film Key Largo (1948). See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the arcade, Ryker uses an MP5K in a briefcase. If the briefcase were actually used in this manner, the shooter would most likely end up with a calf-full of lead. The proper technique of employing an MP5K in a briefcase (as taught by the HK International Training Div.) is to hold it with both hands and brace it against the chest/stomach (muzzle toward the target, of course). See more »

Quotes

Wei: The boy will die.
John Lee: Not in your lifetime.
[shoots Mr. Wei]
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Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

Watch this movie for it's action, you'll enjoy it more.
15 February 2001 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Those of you who desire a deep, thought provoking, plot. One which leaves you asking questions, after the movie is done. Well, guess what? This is not the movie for you. However, if you are seeking a high intensity, past paced, exciting, action-packed, drama, stay tuned because the ride has just begun. This is the second time I have watched this movie. I watched it when it first came out and then again just last night. I can't help it but Chow Yun-fat is definitely the Sean Connery of our eastern brothers.

I will admit that this movie is not for everyone. Then again, you can't make everyone happy all of the time. You can make some people happy some of the time. This movie made it's money's worth, so apparently it made most people happy most of the time.


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