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Knock Off (1998)

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Action star Jean Claude Van Damme plays 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

A lot of quality fight choreography by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung was cut from the films final release. This included the drastic shortening of both Jeff Wolfe and Michael Miller's fights against Jean-Claude Van Damme in the finale. In the UK DVD Making Of, a glimpse of Jeff Wolfe's extended fight can be seen. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, the dead guy that flew out of the boat,uses his own hand to push himself over as he is being kicked to turn over. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Hendricks: You're the king of knock offs!
Marcus Ray: I was. But you're still a fake.
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Connections

Featured in Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Girls
Music and Lyrics by Samuel Hui
Original Publisher/Chappell Music, HK Ltd.
Arranged by Ying-Wah Wong (as Raymond Wong)
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Really fun action movie gets no respect!
25 June 2001 | by Jason AngelesSee all my reviews

I can understand why people would like to knock Knock-Off but as an action film it is brilliant. There are some really well planned out shots and the fight scenes were top notch as well. The movie starts at a fast pace and keeps it up for the whole picture. The supporting cast is wonderful here the movie actually has some good character development. I like the fact that Van Damme isn't the only hero here. Rob Schneider is very funny plays the part well as does Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, and Michael Wong. That's a good cast right there! The movie is also a good take on the ever-present knock-off artists that flood Hong Kong, as well as most big cities with cheap brand name crap.

"Lets put bombs in the knock-offs so we can threaten the entire world!" Not a bad idea for an action movie. I thought that the Russian bad guys were aptly stereotypical and I especially liked the "Coughing Guy" character.

Visually, the movie is crazy. There are some innovative shots here, like the inside the shoe shot, the inside the gun shot, and my favorite, the what's inside of the box shot. It makes me love this movie even more! So don't knock down Knock Off until you give it a chance. See it for the humor and the wacky plot, appreciate it for the cinematography and fight scenes, and enjoy it for all it's worth. There's a lot going on in this movie. Tsui Hark's direction is always fresh and fast paced, so if you liked any of his other movies, you'll appreciate this offering. One of my all time favorites.


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