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Knock Off (1998)

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A fashion designer who must join forces with a C.I.A. agent to combat terrorism.

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Hark Tsui

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Marcus Ray
Rob Schneider ... Tommy Hendricks
Lela Rochon ... Karen Lee
Paul Sorvino ... Harry Johanson
Carman Lee ... Detective Ling Ho
Wyman Wong ... Eddie Wang
Glen Chin ... Skinny
Michael Wong ... Han (as Michael Fitzegerald Wong)
Moses Chan ... Officer Fong
Lynne Langdon ... V-Six Secretary
Ray Nicholas ... Karl (as Raymond Leslie Nicholas)
Jeff Wolfe ... Skaar (as Jeff Joseph Wolfe)
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Tickler
Steve Brettingham Steve Brettingham ... Hawkeye
Mark Houghton Mark Houghton ... Bear
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Storyline

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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

Aruba | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kontraband See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,516,000, 6 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,076,136, 1 November 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,000,000, 31 December 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Marcus (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is sliding around on the floor of the cargo ship fighting the bad guys, at one point he gets pulled to the right side of the screen and you can see the rope that's pulling him. See more »

Quotes

Harry Johanson: Once we have our little baby bombs all over the U.S., they'll be a monthly satellite bill that would make HBO green with envy. A hundred million dollars a month. And if they don't pay, we send the detonation signal... and good-bye, yellow brick road.
Tommy Hendricks: Good-bye, yellow brick road? Better buy some new CD's, Harry. It's pathetic.
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Connections

References Barnaby Jones (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Its a Knock-Off
(main title)
Performed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael
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Genuine Hong Kong action from Hollywood!
27 March 1999 | by doktor-3See all my reviews

Sure it's bad. If you aren't expecting a bad film, then you really don't like HK action films, do you? Tsui Hark is the only HK action director I've seen to get a Hollywood cast to perform action sequences with a real HK sensibility! John Woo's Hollywood films are trying too hard to be good, and the action suffers. With Knock Off, Tsui Hark delivers just the sort of dizzying, senseless, impeccably-timed, and frenetically-paced action we've come to expect from Hong Kong directors.


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