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The Replacement Killers (1998)

 -  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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Cast

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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
Andrew J. Marton ...
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos Substitutos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,464 (UK) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

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

In the music that plays over the introduction of the "replacement killers" as they walk through the airport terminal, the female voice that is heard singing is actress Claire Trevor singing "Moanin' Low" from the film Key Largo (1948). See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the arcade, Ryker uses an MP5K in a briefcase. If the briefcase were actually used in this manner, the shooter would most likely end up with a calf-full of lead. The proper technique of employing an MP5K in a briefcase (as taught by the HK International Training Div.) is to hold it with both hands and brace it against the chest/stomach (muzzle toward the target, of course). See more »

Quotes

Meg Coburn: [Holding gun to John's head] Now what the fuck did you get me into with Terence Wei?
John Lee: He's my patron.
Meg Coburn: Patron?
John Lee: He made it possible for me to come here.
Meg Coburn: What does he, sponsor you to play the violin?
John Lee: ...in exchange for... services.
Meg Coburn: What a nice way of saying you kill people.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Replacement Killers (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Hope Alive
Written by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland
Performed by The Crystal Method
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Roller-coaster ride from start to finish
1 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From the start of the film you know what to expect. This is Chow Yun-Fats first film in America and I think he does a brilliant job. Gets his character spot on. The directer Antoine Fuqua did a brilliant for his first feature film and can't wait to see his films in the future.

The shootouts he produced were brilliant and reminded me of some of Chow Yun-Fats past films. They lasted a good time and were not boring at all. Chow Yun-Fats movement with the gun is just like he did in "The Killer". He moved like some kind of ballerina with guns which reminded me of him in "Hard Boiled". I love shootouts and the ones in these are some of the best I have seen. The shootout in the car wash was brilliant. Loved the way the made it look in there.

The story was OK. Not great but OK. I no the story has probably been done before but most stories have been. I liked the way they made Chow Yun-Fats character to be caring person, not someone who goes around killing people for fun. Mira Sorvino acted her role brilliantly which showed she was a Academy Award winner.

Overall I really enjoyed this film and thought it was a brilliant action film. I'm sure this will be a great film for action fans to watch and also for you Chow Yun-Fat fans. The shootouts will blow you away


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