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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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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 ... 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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There is no substitute.

Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jet Li was supposed to play the role of "Inspector Han" but he turned it down last minute to do Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) instead. 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

Marcus Ray: It still doesn't prove his a knock off artist.
Karen Lee: Why are you defending the gangster? Looks like he's screwing us.
Tommy Hendricks: Oh no, with Eddie it's more like date rape.
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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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Pure Genius! A modern epic!
7 January 2001 | by beirnesteinbearSee all my reviews

How can anyone hate such a beautiful film? The combination of poor dubbing, Van Damme's "acting" and "grasp of English", Schneider's queer-ass jokes, and Lela Rochon's breasts, I thought, would make Knock Off an Oscar contender for sure. In addition, it is a valuable tool for young amateur cameramen. They clearly just bought a new camera before they started filming, and were trying out all the new gadgets (when Van Damme reaches into the box of watches, or when they go into the barrel of the gun, or when they pan up from everyone's feet, or use multiple exposures to create the illusion of a quality film).

As for the soundtrack, Ron and Russell Mael deserve a Grammy, or, at eh very least, a Source Award. I mean, "It's a Knock Off" emerges as the single that will truly be the soundtrack for the lives of teens in the new milennium. All-Star Sam Hui also contributes to the album. His ground-breaking "Ten Girls" ,which goes a little sumthin' like this:

"Sal pon ass hi cow go yang si ming ming hi lo how wow bom hi sam chung gay yeah chop hay bing si ching chun may li chow mo so pli" ...is sung by Van Damme. It speaks to you. It tells you to leave the theater.

Another interesting aspect of this film is that it was the only Western film allowed to be in production in Hong Kong during the handover to China. They try to work this into the first action sequence (which is 90 minutes long and followed by the credits)by making sporadic, frenzied, obscure references to the ceremony that don't make sense or have any effect on the outcome of Van Damme's struggle against the Russian mafia.

Ultimately, if you want to see green explosions, Paul Sorvino returning from the dead, Rob Schneider and Van Damme engage in S&M during a rickshaw race, Lela Rochon's breasts, and a Russian with bronchitis chop people up with his eyeglasses, Knock Off is the movie for you.


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