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The Replacement Killers (1998)

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A troubled hitman 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 hitman.

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Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Ken Sanzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Mira Sorvino ... Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker ... Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Kenneth Tsang ... Terence Wei
Jürgen Prochnow ... Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Til Schweiger ... Ryker
Danny Trejo ... Collins
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Carlos Gómez ... Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Frank Medrano ... Rawlins
Leo Lee ... Lam
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Pryce
Randall Duk Kim ... Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton Andrew J. Marton ... Stevie
Sydney Coberly 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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Taglines:

Kill or be replaced. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,046,553, 8 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,967,571, 19 April 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie set the record for the most bullets fired in an American film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, John Lee shoots a gangster in the chest, leaving bloody entry holes. As the gangster falls, however, his yellow jacket opens to reveal an unstained green shirt with no bullet holes whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

[Kogan is stalking Meg]
Michael Kogan: I'm gonna find you. But you could save me time and put a bullet in your head. If the positions were reversed, I'd do the same for you.
[he becomes distracted, then she appears behind him]
Meg Coburn: Are you?
Michael Kogan: Excuse me?
Meg Coburn: Gonna put a bullet in your head, now that our positions are reversed?
Michael Kogan: [attempts to laugh] Meg, it doesn't...
[he wheels around, she shoots him dead]
Meg Coburn: I didn't think so.
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Alternate Versions

Available in an extended version on DVD and Blu-ray. See more »

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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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THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS (1998)
24 June 1999 | by punctateSee all my reviews

Tarance Wei son is killed by a detective, so he decides to hire John Lee to kill the detective's son. John can't do the job and figures his family will be in danger. He attempts to get to China and meets up with Meg. The two become partners in this action packed movie. The movie has a lot of style but there isn't real strong substance. The action scenes are quite good and there are funny scenes throughout the movie and the final action scene was done quite well. I give this movie 3/5. Rated PA


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