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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
... Meg Coburn
... Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
... Terence Wei
... Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
... Ryker
... Collins
... Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
... Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
... Rawlins
... Lam
... Pryce
... Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ... Stevie
Sydney Coberly ... Sara
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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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Kill or be replaced. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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In the music that plays over the introduction of the "replacement killers" as they walk through the airport terminal, the female voice that is heard singing, is Claire Trevor singing "Moanin' Low" from Key Largo (1948). See more »

Goofs

When Zedkov is running after John and Meg after the carwash scene, there is a point at which he fires twice, producing two separate muzzle flashes. There is only one gunshot in the audio track. See more »

Quotes

[John Lee points his gun at the back of Collins head, and Collins realizes his time is up]
Collins: Checkmate.
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Connections

References The Killer (1989) See more »

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Jaan
Written by Talvin Singh
Performed by Talvin Singh featuring Amar
Courtesy of Omni Records Ltd. / Quango Music Group / Island Records, Inc.
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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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