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The Replacement Killers (1998)

 -  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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Cast

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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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Kill or be replaced. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Replacement Killers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,464 (UK) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

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

Also the first American film for Til Schweiger who already was a major movie star in his native Germany at the time. Number of words his character, one of the titular replacement killers, speaks: Zero. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, as John draws the second gun and twists around to shoot the last bodyguard, his tie ends up over his right arm as he shoots. In the overhead view after his last shot, his tie is back as it should be, but he hasn't moved. See more »

Quotes

John Lee: You're safer with me.
Meg Coburn: Is it my perfume or something? Because you are the second guy today to assume I need, want or will accept help. I won't.
John Lee: [drawing his pistol] It's not an option.
Meg Coburn: And what happens when I tell you to go fuck yourself?
[John cocks his pistol]
Meg Coburn: O.K. If that's the way you want to play it. But when the gun is in my hand, we're gonna have this conversation again.
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Connections

Features Magoo's Private War (1957) 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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User Reviews

 
Good stuff
6 June 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

When the son of a powerful underworld boss, Mr. Wei, is killed in a police raid he swears vengeance. John Lee is the hit-man assigned with the task to carry out the hit, but despite a successful career as a contract killer he finds himself unable to pull the trigger. Even more upset, Wei sends in a duo of ruthless assassins, the replacement killers of the title, to kill both John and carry out his assignment.

This is the first feature length film for a successful music video director so it probably doesn't look so hot, but don't be fooled: this is one terrific action movie. Antoine Fuqua serves up a very assured and stylish direction while keeping the film going at an exciting pace. The shootouts are spectacular and are among the most furious seen outside of Hong Kong cinema. The film's performances are also strong and while the action makes the film exciting, they make the film involving.

The film is not to high on the originality scale as Chow Yun-Fat has played the self-conscious hit-man going against a ruthless underworld many times and the screenplay is for the most part predictable, but as an action movie it works very well. 8/10

Rated R for intense violence, and profanity


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