Knock Off (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Thriller  |  4 September 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Hendricks
Karen Lee
Harry Johanson
Carman Lee ...
Detective Ling Ho
Wyman Wong ...
Eddie Wang
Han (as Michael Fitzegerald Wong)
Moses Chan ...
Officer Fong
V-Six Secretary
Karl (as Raymond Leslie Nicholas)
Skaar (as Jeff Joseph Wolfe)
Michael Miller ...
Steve Brettingham ...
Mark Houghton ...


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)

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Did You Know?


Jean-Claude Van Damme and Lela Rochon both made their first big screen appearances in Breakin' (1984), though both were in uncredited roles. See more »


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 »


Tommy Hendricks: I sign things too. In private.
Karen Lee: Oh, things like that falsified document?
Tommy Hendricks: Oh, no, no, no! Ray signs all the false documents.
Karen Lee: Oh, I agree. And I think you two have spent your time in Hong Kong getting drunk, chasing ass and getting massages in stead of taking care of company's business.
Tommy Hendricks: Look, the massage industry in Hong Kong is going through a really tough time right now. I'm just trying to help out the local college girls!
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Music by Varouje and Craig Titus
Produced by Varouje
Copyright SOCAN
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Excellent Van Damme film!
30 January 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

Knock off is Van Damme`s second movie to be directed by Hong-Kong director Tsui Hark. The story and acting of this movie is not important at all, because it focuses mainly on its many actionsequences. Van Damme is good as always, and the movie contains many well-directed actionscenes. Don`t watch it if you prefer quality acting, realistic characters and stunning special-effects, because this movie is a low-budget action-flick made for the fans of Van Damme. 8/10

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