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The Replacement Killers (1998)

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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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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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Conscience has no place in the heart of an assassin. 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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Asesinos sustitutos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

The Chinese character engraved on Lee's bullets means "death". See more »

Goofs

The photo negatives hanging in Meg Coburn's darkroom are actually strips of 35mm movie film. 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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Features Magoo's Private War (1957) 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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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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