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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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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 »

Goofs

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

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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Genuine Hong Kong action from Hollywood!
27 March 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Sure it's bad. If you aren't expecting a bad film, then you really don't like HK action films, do you? Tsui Hark is the only HK action director I've seen to get a Hollywood cast to perform action sequences with a real HK sensibility! John Woo's Hollywood films are trying too hard to be good, and the action suffers. With Knock Off, Tsui Hark delivers just the sort of dizzying, senseless, impeccably-timed, and frenetically-paced action we've come to expect from Hong Kong directors.


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