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The Replacement Killers (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 February 1998 (USA)
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Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.

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John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
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Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
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Rawlins
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Lam
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Alan Chan
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Stevie
Sydney Coberly ...
Sara
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Storyline

John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers." Written by Anonymous

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Conscience has no place in the heart of an assassin. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and for language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,200,000 (Non-US) (23 January 1998)

Gross:

£359,183 (UK) (19 June 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During production, Columbia Pictures felt that Antoine Fuqua was struggling to deliver suitable material and ordered a studio exec to be present during most of the filming to ensure that their money was being well spent. This angered Fuqua and made things tense between him and Columbia. 'Debra Hill' (II), a veteran producer, was called in by Columbia to cool things down. Lead actor Yun-Fat Chow stood by Fuqua the whole time and told the producers to trust him and his vision. The troubles didn't end after the production wrapped. When Fuqua delivered his initial cut, Columbia began testing the film. Test audiences struggled with the notion of a less than pure hero and the bi-racial relationship between Yun-Fat Chow and Mira Sorvino. They also had issues with most of the other characters back stories, so Columbia called in action editor 'Richard Francis Bruce' to tighten up the film. All romantic elements between Yun-Fat and Sorvino were removed, along with most of the characters' motivations. See more »

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The pictures of John from the photo machine in the arcade and the one on Meg's computer are the same picture. See more »

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John Lee: It will be the last death I cause.
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Hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.
17 April 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Wild and absolutely menacing thriller involving Chow Yun-Fat (in his American film debut) as John Lee, a quiet yet resourceful hit-man who along with a sarcastic forger, Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), become involved when Lee refuses to take out someone close to a cop (Michael Rooker), who shot and killed his mobster boss' drug-dealing son during a drug bust and in the process, Coburn and Lee are also targeted by his superiors.

It's a brilliant debut for Yun-Fat and director Antoine Fuqua ("Bait", "Training Day"), both of whom show their skills with such respect. Some of the shoot-outs that take place in some areas that you wouldn't even think of (car wash, alley, movie theater, etc.). Plus, the cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister and composer Harry Gregson-Williams excell in making the movie even more entertaining. The scenery has a very colorful and artistic look to it and the music doesn't get too loud. I think of the movie as "Lethal Weapon" made like in the style of John Woo, who is one of the film's producers.

"The Replacement Killers" certainly hits the center of the bulls-eye with hair-raising accuracy.


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