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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:

Kill or be replaced. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Technical Specs

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

The M16 that John picks up in the car wash to use from the creeper is an A2 model, by its adjustable rear sight. The M16A2 has no full-automatic firing mode; at most, it fires 3-round bursts. See more »

Quotes

John Lee: You're safer with me.
Meg Coburn: Is it my perfume or something? Because you are the second guy today to assume I need, want or will accept help. I won't.
John Lee: [drawing his pistol] It's not an option.
Meg Coburn: And what happens when I tell you to go fuck yourself?
[John cocks his pistol]
Meg Coburn: O.K. If that's the way you want to play it. But when the gun is in my hand, we're gonna have this conversation again.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Features Jûôki (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Hope Alive
Written by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland
Performed by The Crystal Method
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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When the son of a powerful underworld boss, Mr. Wei, is killed in a police raid he swears vengeance. John Lee is the hit-man assigned with the task to carry out the hit, but despite a successful career as a contract killer he finds himself unable to pull the trigger. Even more upset, Wei sends in a duo of ruthless assassins, the replacement killers of the title, to kill both John and carry out his assignment.

This is the first feature length film for a successful music video director so it probably doesn't look so hot, but don't be fooled: this is one terrific action movie. Antoine Fuqua serves up a very assured and stylish direction while keeping the film going at an exciting pace. The shootouts are spectacular and are among the most furious seen outside of Hong Kong cinema. The film's performances are also strong and while the action makes the film exciting, they make the film involving.

The film is not to high on the originality scale as Chow Yun-Fat has played the self-conscious hit-man going against a ruthless underworld many times and the screenplay is for the most part predictable, but as an action movie it works very well. 8/10

Rated R for intense violence, and profanity


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