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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Eddie Wang
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Skinny
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Officer Fong
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Karl (as Raymond Leslie Nicholas)
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Skaar (as Jeff Joseph Wolfe)
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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Hong Kong superstar and director Sammo Hung served as the film's 2nd unit director. The release print of "Knock Off" suffers from the removal of a lot of the martial arts action shot for the film, with a couple of sequences being very heavily edited. The final battle between Jean-Claude Van Damme's character and Australian actor/stuntman Michael Miller is less than half of the action shot for their fight, and upon careful viewing you can pick up the fact that the fight has raged across several different sections on the boat, while the fight between Jeff Wolfe's character Scar and Jean-Claude's is the most heavily edited with more of the action being shown in the "Making Of" featured on several of the DVD editions than in the finished film. See more »

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Near the end when Lela Rochon & Rob Schneider are tied up on the cargo ship, when their characters are being rolled around on the ship and slam into a container and fall over, Lela's stunt double's ropes become untied and he waves his arms around as he falls, yet in later shots, she is shown as tied up again. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Hendricks: You're never gonna get away with this.
Karen Lee: They're already getting away with it.
Tommy Hendricks: I know. I'm trying to mind fuck them. On the placement test at Langley, I was off the chart in verbal skills.
Karen Lee: [shouting] Can I die alone, please?
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Referenced in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) 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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