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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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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,046,553, 8 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,967,571, 19 April 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,100,000
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2.35 : 1
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During production, Columbia Pictures felt that Antoine Fuqua was struggling to deliver suitable material, and ordered a studio executive to be present during most of the filming to ensure that their money was being well spent. This angered Fuqua, and made things tense between him and Columbia. Debra Hill, a veteran Producer, was called in by Columbia to cool things down. Chow Yun-Fat stood by Fuqua the whole time, and told the producers to trust him and his vision. The troubles didn't end after the production wrapped. When Fuqua delivered his initial cut, Columbia began testing the film. Test audiences struggled with the notion of a less-than-pure hero, and the bi-racial relationship between Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino. They also had issues with most of the other characters backstories, so Columbia called in action Editor Richard Francis Bruce to tighten up the film. All romantic elements between Chow and Sorvino were removed, along with most of the characters' motivations. See more »

Goofs

After Meg finishes doctoring Alan's passport for John, he opens it up to check her handiwork. When he closes the passport, the name on the front is "Alan Chin," however, the character's name is listed as "Alan Chan" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov: You're not under arrest, Meg, which means you have no right to an attorney.
Meg Coburn: It also means I can walk out the fucking door.
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Connections

References A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

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Boom Boom Caw
Written by Regan Hagar, Shawn Smith, Stone Gossard, Jeremy Toback, Kevin Gardner and Robert Lee Redwine Jr.
Performed by Brad
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An excellent movie that I've enjoyed through many viewings
26 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I suppose this is actually a B movie, but there's something about this movie that keeps me coming back to see it again every few months. Maybe it's the rather unique (for Hollywood, anyway) relationship between Meg and John. I mean, they don't even so much as kiss each other and barely touch at all! But I think they make the screen sizzle, nonetheless.

I must admit I love the action in this movie, too. Every once in a while I wonder how a small time forger learned to fight and shoot like she does, but then I blissfully ignore it and just enjoy the movie.

Great action scenes, wonderful relationship development and great acting by Mira and Yun-Fat Chow make this a movie I'm sure I'll see many more times.


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