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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

Hong Kong superstar and director Sammo Hung served as the film's 2nd unit director. The release print of "Knock Off" suffers from the removal of a lot of the martial arts action shot for the film, with a couple of sequences being very heavily edited. The final battle between Jean-Claude Van Damme's character and Australian actor/stuntman Michael Miller is less than half of the action shot for their fight, and upon careful viewing you can pick up the fact that the fight has raged across several different sections on the boat, while the fight between Jeff Wolfe's character Scar and Jean-Claude's is the most heavily edited with more of the action being shown in the "Making Of" featured on several of the DVD editions than in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when Karen (Lela Rochon) and Tommy (Rob Schneider) are tied to chairs on the cargo ship, the ship slams into a container causing them to roll around. As they do, Lela's stunt double's ropes become untied and she waves her arms around as she falls. However, in later shots, she is shown as tied up again. 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 »

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Wind in New Orleans
Words and Music by Gabe Lee and Gary Justice
Copyright SOCAN 1997
Produced by Stephen Traub
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Seriously. This was a great movie.
10 March 1999 | by Terry-32See all my reviews

I don't mean to offend the few people out there who enjoyed this movie, but when I first saw this film, I didn't like it. But I was at my video store, and I was still attracted by the cover of the movie so I decided to rent it again. And this is after I read the positive comments. I felt so different from the last time I watched this movie. I was enjoying it. I thought "Man! I was stupid!" This movie was funny. I didn't like Rob Shnieder at the beginning, but I liked him this time. He was playing his role as the comic relief guy right this time. I like Jean-Claude Van-Damme. I think he's a cool actor. The only reason why the movie haters don't like him is because of his accent. I think his accent's cool, After this, I'm gonna start sending my comments to Van Damme movies. The action sequences were awesome. The chases, fight scenes, gun battles, all great. I loved the direction by Tsui Hark. His camera angles, the zoom-ins, the stobes, tracers, slow-motion, it was so cool. I was like: "Woa! That was cool that zoom in on the inside of electronics and stuff!" This movie was so much fun. This is the kind of action movie I wanted to see. I loved it. I've totally forgotten how I didn't like this movie in the past. I like a good movie. I like movies such as "Titanic," Schindler's List," L.A. Confidential," "Citizen Kane," and "The Godfather."


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