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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 »


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

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos  »

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 beginning of the film, Meg has a tribal tattoo on her arm (a band), which promptly disappears shortly thereafter. See more »

Quotes

Meg Coburn: You know, you could've saved yourself a lot of trouble just by doing that third job.
John Lee: It was wrong. Mr. Wei was taking revenge. A man named Zedkov killed his son.
Meg Coburn: Zedkov? Jesus Christ. You're getting yourself killed for a cop?
John Lee: Not a cop. His son.
Meg Coburn: What?
John Lee: A seven-year-old boy.
Meg Coburn: Why?
John Lee: That's how Mr. Wei *deals* with his enemies. Through their families.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Replacement Killers (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Makes Me Wanna Die
Written by Adrian Thaws, Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) and 'Rakim (I)' (as William Griffin)
Performed by Tricky
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
Contains "To The Listeners"
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

papa sorvino is right to be proud
13 June 2005 | by (st. louis) – See all my reviews

i think this movie rocks -- it is the best place to watch Mira Sorvino be entertaining and hot.

i just bought the DVD in a bargain bin and i can't stop watching it. OK it's a bit of a TV movie script. but it's a year ahead of the matrix, and i dare you to watch it without making production comparisons. in fact, i can't watch the matrix any more. so much for movies with great scripts.

so much of the goodness of this movie relies on Mira Sorvino's screen presence that it plays a bit like a bit music video -- it's just plain fun to see her on screen. Chow Yun Fat is good, and this American Chinese boy (me) likes seeing a hybrid movie like this... well, it's fun to see the Chinese guy wear nice suits and kick some a$$ too. i can't watch any of the crappy hong kong stuff that the other users seem to think is superior to this. i can see how HK martial arts lovers wouldn't like this -- it's a very different, very American movie. personally, i'd rather see more clones of this movie than more jackie chan.

hey, did i mention Mira Sorvino is hot? i even like the relationship chemistry that develops here -- sort of like the David Carradine character wandering the desert in the Kung Fu TV shows -- he never even gets to kiss the pretty girl who falls for his decency, but the mutual respect is better that way. more movies need to take this route.

i'm not a Mira watcher -- i've only seen her aphrodite and some awful film school $hit i'm sure she wishes she never made, and her happy day on the Oscar alumni stage. as a Harvard guy, i'm not sure i want to see her in romy and michelle. this was simply a great role for a very underutilized actress at the right time in her life during the era of east-west action fusion. if i were producing movies, i'd kick myself for not watching this movie sooner and taking advantage of Mira Sorvino in her prime. it's not too late -- check our her recent IMDb pics. papa sorvino was right -- his daughter is great, and anyone who says otherwise should get a cap in his knee. this movie is the proof.


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