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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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The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West. 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:

Gas do daske See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,001,803, 20 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$141,153,686, 21 February 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,386,864
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Tucker improvised much of his dialogue, as he normally does in his movies. According to Director Brett Ratner, during the scene at Grauman's where Detective Carter bribes Stucky for information, there was so much improvisation between Chris Tucker and John Hawkes, that they almost did not think they could edit it together as a coherent conversation. There are still continuity errors in the dialogue for this reason. See more »

Goofs

C4 explosive (in the boot of the car at the beginning) cannot be detonated by gunshot. See more »

Quotes

[Tania is trying to defuse a bomb without killing all of them]
Tania Johnson: Roses are red / Violets are blue / Sugar is sweet/ And so are you.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes several short deleted scenes, including Carter and Lee trying to talk the FBI out of going to the first ransom drop, and two scenes prior to the cops arrival at the display of chinese art. There are additional outtakes and goofing around shown in a 40 minute long 'Making of' featurette, as well as footage of Jackie choreographing the Foo Chow resturaunt fight sequence. Several of the ideas from the fight sequence don't find their way into the final cut, but they show up in the massage parlour fight scene in 'Rush Hour 2' See more »

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Another Part of Me
Written by Michael Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson
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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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