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Rush Hour (1998)

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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

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 Ling)
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rush Hour See more »

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Carter shoots Clive's car, causing the C4 in the trunk to explode in a large fireball. In reality, C4 is an extremely stable, but immensely powerful high-speed explosive, meaning that not only would it not be detonated when struck by a bullet, it also would not result in a fireball as seen in the film. Were the large amount of C4 in the trunk to explode at once, it would not only completely destroy the car, but the shockwave alone would likely result in Clive's death and likely knock Carter off his feet at the very least. See more »

Goofs

When Clive's Jaguar explodes on the road, a camera is visible in the middle of the road. See more »

Quotes

[after Clive refuses to answer Carter, Lee steps in his way]
Clive Cod: Oh, you want some too? I'll give you all you want.
Lee: Give me a name.
Clive Cod: I ain't telling you shit.
[Lee takes out Soo-Yung's picture]
Lee: She's only eleven years old. I don't want her to die.
[Clive shifts his gaze]
Lee: Look at the picture! I don't care about him, I don't care about you! I care about the little girl. Give me the name.
[pause]
Clive Cod: [lowers voice] The guy's name is Juntao. I never seen him.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on TV, right after Lee and Carter fell through the bridge and were nearly run over, Carters says "I think I broke my shin", the line was removed, because it sounded too much like: "I think my broke my shit!" When Sang tries to abduct Soo Yung, the part where she whacks him in the face with her necklace, cutting the corner of his eye, was cut so the scar below his right eye remains a mystery; When Clive aims a gun at Carter's head and says "I'm gonna blow his freakin' head all over the parking lot, asshole", the line was changed to: "I'm gonna splatter his brains all over the parking lot..."; The word 'ass' is replaced by 'butt' and 'rear' throughout the movie; When a character says 'God damn' or 'God dammit', the 'God' was removed; At the bar, Carter's greeting of 'What's up, my nigga?' was changed to 'What's up, Negro?", it's even changed to that when Lee accidentally says it to the bartender; When Carter takes a joint from a man in the bar and breathes it in, the scene of him having a small trip was deleted; the part where Lee stops Johnson and says "he's just joking" was altered to delete the scene of him noticing his hands are on Johnson's breasts; When Carter shoots the C4 in the back of Clive's car and it explodes, the explosion was shortened; The outtakes were also altered to eliminate profanity. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mother's Son
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Curtom Classics/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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A fun addition to the buddy cop genre
4 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When a diplomat's daughter is kidnapped in the US, a Chinese policeman Lee is sent to help the FBI with the investigation. Not wishing his help the FBI arrange a LAPD officer Carter to keep him out of trouble. However with both Lee and Carter keen to be involved in the investigation, they set out on their own to find the girl overcoming both bad guys and cultural differences.

This is yet another buddy cop movie where different partners must overcome their differences to solve a crime. Here the difference is the black culture and the Chinese culture. The story is very unlikely but it makes enough sense to get by, all it needs is to hang in and create lots of set pieces. Which it does - there's not as much action for Jackie Chan as I would have liked and his fight scenes feel toned down in favour of Tucker's manic comedy (this was partially reversed in RH2). This is a shame because Tucker is funny but his manic antics can get a bit irritating in large doses - it needed more of Chan.

However it is funny and Chan does hold his own and get to show how fast he is. His fight scenes don't feel as inventive as in other films but he has a good chemistry with Tucker. The bad guys are quite characterless but it doesn't really matter as the lead duo manage to carry the film.

Overall a good buddy cop movie that is a good vehicle for both Chan and Tucker and plays on both their strengths to good effect. However as with RH2 most of the funniest moments come in the closing outtakes, which can't be a good thing.


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