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Knock Off (1998)

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Action star Jean Claude Van Damme plays a fashion designer who must join forces with a C.I.A. agent to combat terrorism.

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Storyline

A Hong Kong fashion designer (Jean Claude Van Damme, if you can believe that billing) who had previously been involved in knock offs of major label merchandise, such as "Pumma" running shoes, attempts to go straight with the help of his new partner (Rob Schneider), who is secretly an undercover CIA agent involved in an investigation of the black market. Their main product, jeans, is involved in the knock offs, which brings a representative (Lela Rochon) of the American company to investigate. Paul Sorvino also appears as the head of the CIA operation in Hong Kong. However, just as Schneider is not as he initially seems, everyone in the film switches roles by film's end. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for continuous violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,516,231 (USA) (4 September 1998)

Gross:

$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Jet Li was supposed to play the role of "Inspector Han" but he turned it down last minute to do Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) instead. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) The camera for Rob Schneider's scene is visible on the building at the top left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Ray: It still doesn't prove his a knock off artist.
Karen Lee: Why are you defending the gangster? Looks like he's screwing us.
Tommy Hendricks: Oh no, with Eddie it's more like date rape.
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Featured in Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme (2003) See more »

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Its a Knock-Off
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Performed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael
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Simply Genius
17 February 2000 | by (Portland, Or) – See all my reviews

Now I 'm sure there are some naysayers out there, but this film is total genius. It is one of my favorites from the 1990's. There is such mastery and control here, that though the line readings are sometimes awful the film's surreal nature saves that from being a flaw, and turns it into an asset. The chaos of the film is mirrored in the chaos of the story, and Van Damme our cipher, stuck in the middle with no one to trust. Chance is more likely to solve problems than force is, and the film is dizzying in it's sense of spacial relations. From the foot car races to the end this film never stops. More so than The Matrix, this is the future of film making.


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