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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  • Til Schweiger in The Replacement Killers (1998)
  • Clifton Collins Jr. at an event for The Replacement Killers (1998)
  • Chow Yun-Fat as John Lee
  • Director Antoine Fuqua
  • Minnie Driver at an event for The Replacement Killers (1998)

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13 June 2005 | loui-in-stlouis
papa sorvino is right to be proud
i think this movie rocks -- it is the best place to watch Mira Sorvino be entertaining and hot.

i just bought the DVD in a bargain bin and i can't stop watching it. OK it's a bit of a TV movie script. but it's a year ahead of the matrix, and i dare you to watch it without making production comparisons. in fact, i can't watch the matrix any more. so much for movies with great scripts.

so much of the goodness of this movie relies on Mira Sorvino's screen presence that it plays a bit like a bit music video -- it's just plain fun to see her on screen. Chow Yun Fat is good, and this American Chinese boy (me) likes seeing a hybrid movie like this... well, it's fun to see the Chinese guy wear nice suits and kick some a$$ too. i can't watch any of the crappy hong kong stuff that the other users seem to think is superior to this. i can see how HK martial arts lovers wouldn't like this -- it's a very different, very American movie. personally, i'd rather see more clones of this movie than more jackie chan.

hey, did i mention Mira Sorvino is hot? i even like the relationship chemistry that develops here -- sort of like the David Carradine character wandering the desert in the Kung Fu TV shows -- he never even gets to kiss the pretty girl who falls for his decency, but the mutual respect is better that way. more movies need to take this route.

i'm not a Mira watcher -- i've only seen her aphrodite and some awful film school $hit i'm sure she wishes she never made, and her happy day on the Oscar alumni stage. as a Harvard guy, i'm not sure i want to see her in romy and michelle. this was simply a great role for a very underutilized actress at the right time in her life during the era of east-west action fusion. if i were producing movies, i'd kick myself for not watching this movie sooner and taking advantage of Mira Sorvino in her prime. it's not too late -- check our her recent IMDb pics. papa sorvino was right -- his daughter is great, and anyone who says otherwise should get a cap in his knee. this movie is the proof.

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During production, Columbia Pictures felt that Antoine Fuqua was struggling to deliver suitable material, and ordered a studio executive 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, a veteran producer, was called in by Columbia to cool things down. Chow Yun-Fat 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 Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino. They also had issues with most of the other characters' backstories, so Columbia called in action editor Richard Francis Bruce to tighten up the film. All romantic elements between Chow and Sorvino were removed, along with most of the characters' motivations.


Quotes

Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov: You're not under arrest, Meg, which means you have no right to an attorney.
Meg Coburn: It also means I can walk out the fucking door.


Goofs

In the beginning of the film, Meg has a tribal tattoo on her arm (a band), which promptly disappears shortly thereafter.


Alternate Versions

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


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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Genres

Action | Crime | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,046,553 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$19,204,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,204,929

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