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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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Tommy Hendricks
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Karen Lee
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Harry Johanson
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Detective Ling Ho
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Eddie Wang
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Skinny
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Han (as Michael Fitzegerald Wong)
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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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(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

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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Featured in Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Its a Knock-Off
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Performed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael
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Pure Genius! A modern epic!
7 January 2001 | by (Rockaway, NY, US) – See all my reviews

How can anyone hate such a beautiful film? The combination of poor dubbing, Van Damme's "acting" and "grasp of English", Schneider's queer-ass jokes, and Lela Rochon's breasts, I thought, would make Knock Off an Oscar contender for sure. In addition, it is a valuable tool for young amateur cameramen. They clearly just bought a new camera before they started filming, and were trying out all the new gadgets (when Van Damme reaches into the box of watches, or when they go into the barrel of the gun, or when they pan up from everyone's feet, or use multiple exposures to create the illusion of a quality film).

As for the soundtrack, Ron and Russell Mael deserve a Grammy, or, at eh very least, a Source Award. I mean, "It's a Knock Off" emerges as the single that will truly be the soundtrack for the lives of teens in the new milennium. All-Star Sam Hui also contributes to the album. His ground-breaking "Ten Girls" ,which goes a little sumthin' like this:

"Sal pon ass hi cow go yang si ming ming hi lo how wow bom hi sam chung gay yeah chop hay bing si ching chun may li chow mo so pli" ...is sung by Van Damme. It speaks to you. It tells you to leave the theater.

Another interesting aspect of this film is that it was the only Western film allowed to be in production in Hong Kong during the handover to China. They try to work this into the first action sequence (which is 90 minutes long and followed by the credits)by making sporadic, frenzied, obscure references to the ceremony that don't make sense or have any effect on the outcome of Van Damme's struggle against the Russian mafia.

Ultimately, if you want to see green explosions, Paul Sorvino returning from the dead, Rob Schneider and Van Damme engage in S&M during a rickshaw race, Lela Rochon's breasts, and a Russian with bronchitis chop people up with his eyeglasses, Knock Off is the movie for you.


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