A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

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Brett Ratner

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Ross LaManna (story), Jim Kouf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Leung ... Sang
Jackie Chan ... Lee
Tom Wilkinson ... Griffin / Juntao
Tzi Ma ... Consul Han
Robert Littman Robert Littman ... First Caucasian
Michael Chow ... Dinner Guest
Julia Hsu ... Soo Yung
Chris Tucker ... Carter
Chris Penn ... Clive
Kai Lennox ... Cop at Diner
Larry Sullivan ... Cop at Diner (as Larry Sullivan Jr.)
Yang Lin Yang Lin ... Consul Secretary (as Yan Lin)
Roger Fan ... Soo Yung's Bodyguard
George Cheung ... Soo Yung's Driver
Lucy Lin Lucy Lin ... Exposition Official
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Storyline

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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They come from different cultures. But on a case this big, they speak the same language. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of action/violence and shootings, and for language | See all certifications »

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The Foo Chow is a real restaurant in Chinatown. As of January 2021, there is still a sign that states, "...Rush Hour was shot here". See more »

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When the building explodes, a camera crew is visible on the rooftop to the left. See more »

Quotes

Carter: How long this flight?
Lee: Fifteen hours.
Carter: Fifteen hours? What are we gonna do for fifteen hours?
Lee: [Puts on head phones and begins to sing] Huh! War! Uh! Good God "yaw."
Carter: Oh, hell no! Stewardess! Get me another seat!
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Alternate Versions

The pool hall sequence was also edited, where Carter uses the line "What's up, my nigga." When he passes another bar patron, the line was altered where "What's up Negro" was substituted. The consequent scenes where Jackie Chan uses the "N" word were unedited. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Russell Crowe/Margo Price (2016) See more »

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How Deep Is Your Love
Written by Rick Dutch Cousin (as R. Cousin), Tamir 'Nokio' Ruffin (as Tamir Ruffin), Warryn Campbell and Sisqó (as Mark Andrews)
Performed by Dru Hill
Dru Hill appears courtesy of University Entertainment/Island Black Music, a division of Island Records,
Inc., a PolyGram Company and Dru Hill, Inc.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records, Inc.
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A great Hollywood Comedy-Action flick
19 December 2006 | by fernandez_1989See all my reviews

This movie is pure comedy from the beginning to the end. You will have a good laugh thanks to Chris Tucker in his role of Carter, a clumsy LA cop. The city of Los Angeles is spectacular and is a great scenario for this entertaining movie. Jackie Chan at its best kicking asses everywhere with an outstanding humble attitude. I think Americans love Jackie Chan because he's so nice and great person.

The main reason why I like this movie is the wonderful duo they play, constantly arguing, while walking around exciting California, USA, about everything, but in the meantime they are loyal partners. The great diversity there is in America singles out in a city like Los Angeles when we go through Chinatown. And fortunately, the movie brings us out there. Interesting cultures melt into a huge variety of ethnicities that make anything possible to happen. This is why America is so interesting and wonderful and we from abroad love her as a beautiful land.

All in all, this is a worth-seeing Hollywood movie and probably you would like to watch it several times!


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Language:

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Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,001,803, 20 September 1998

Gross USA:

$141,186,864

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,721,064
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