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The Replacement Killers (1998)

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A troubled hitman seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug lord has hired replacements to finish the job, and kill the hitman.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Ken Sanzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Mira Sorvino ... Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker ... Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Kenneth Tsang ... Terence Wei
Jürgen Prochnow ... Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Til Schweiger ... Ryker
Danny Trejo ... Collins
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Carlos Gómez ... Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Frank Medrano ... Rawlins
Leo Lee ... Lam
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Pryce
Randall Duk Kim ... Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton Andrew J. Marton ... Stevie
Sydney Coberly Sydney Coberly ... Sara
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Storyline

John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers." Written by Anonymous

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Conscience has no place in the heart of an assassin. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,046,553, 8 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,967,571, 19 April 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,100,000
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Antoine Fuqua and Chow Yun-Fat had the first meetings about the film, they talked about everything but the film. Also, Fuqua describes Chow as a quiet and peaceful man. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, John Lee shoots a gangster in the chest, leaving bloody entry holes. As the gangster falls, however, his yellow jacket opens to reveal an unstained green shirt with no bullet holes whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov: You're not under arrest, Meg, which means you have no right to an attorney.
Meg Coburn: It also means I can walk out the fucking door.
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Alternate Versions

Available in an extended version on DVD and Blu-ray. See more »

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Features Magoo's Private War (1957) See more »

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Written by Richard Fearless and Steve Hellier
Performed by Death In Vegas
Courtesy of Time Bomb Recordings / Deconstruction Limited
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Hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.
17 April 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Wild and absolutely menacing thriller involving Chow Yun-Fat (in his American film debut) as John Lee, a quiet yet resourceful hit-man who along with a sarcastic forger, Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), become involved when Lee refuses to take out someone close to a cop (Michael Rooker), who shot and killed his mobster boss' drug-dealing son during a drug bust and in the process, Coburn and Lee are also targeted by his superiors.

It's a brilliant debut for Yun-Fat and director Antoine Fuqua ("Bait", "Training Day"), both of whom show their skills with such respect. Some of the shoot-outs that take place in some areas that you wouldn't even think of (car wash, alley, movie theater, etc.). Plus, the cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister and composer Harry Gregson-Williams excell in making the movie even more entertaining. The scenery has a very colorful and artistic look to it and the music doesn't get too loud. I think of the movie as "Lethal Weapon" made like in the style of John Woo, who is one of the film's producers.

"The Replacement Killers" certainly hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.


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