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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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Taglines:

When people need to disappear, they come to see Meg. When they're about to go, they never see John coming. 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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chow yun fat and kenneth tsang starred together also in a better tomorrow 1986, a better tomorrow 2, and the killer See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Meg is holding a gun to John's head you see the position of her thumb changing throughout shots. See more »

Quotes

Meg Coburn: [Holding gun to John's head] Now what the fuck did you get me into with Terence Wei?
John Lee: He's my patron.
Meg Coburn: Patron?
John Lee: He made it possible for me to come here.
Meg Coburn: What does he, sponsor you to play the violin?
John Lee: ...in exchange for... services.
Meg Coburn: What a nice way of saying you kill people.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Numb3rs: The Fifth Man (2009) See more »

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User Reviews

Watch this movie for it's action, you'll enjoy it more.
15 February 2001 | by cbenavidezSee all my reviews

Those of you who desire a deep, thought provoking, plot. One which leaves you asking questions, after the movie is done. Well, guess what? This is not the movie for you. However, if you are seeking a high intensity, past paced, exciting, action-packed, drama, stay tuned because the ride has just begun. This is the second time I have watched this movie. I watched it when it first came out and then again just last night. I can't help it but Chow Yun-fat is definitely the Sean Connery of our eastern brothers.

I will admit that this movie is not for everyone. Then again, you can't make everyone happy all of the time. You can make some people happy some of the time. This movie made it's money's worth, so apparently it made most people happy most of the time.


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