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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.

Director:

Brett Ratner

Writers:

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 Lin)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The fastest hands in the East versus 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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Trivia

Gene LeBell: Cab driver. See more »

Goofs

Chris Tucker commandeers a Moto Guzzi motorbike (probably a V65 Lario), but the soundtrack has the purr of a straight four instead of the throb of a V twin. See more »

Quotes

Carter: [after suitcase opens and money falls from ceiling] Thank you God!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

When aired on television on TBS in 2001, the following alterations were made: usage of the word 'shit' was completely removed and replaced by 'stuff','it', etc., the usage of the word 'ass' was limited; The scene at the police station where Carter apologizes to Johnson for spreading rumors at Christmas about them sleeping together and Johnson is enraged, the part where Lee stops her and says that Carter was just kidding and also notices his hands are on Johnson's breasts was removed; when Johnson and Lee come to Soo Yung's aide in the van, Johnson's sentence of 'it'll blow if I take it off' was removed; many of the outtakes were removed and shortened, like Jackie Chan's "My daddy cotcha bullet by his bare hands, no bullshit." was shortened; at the beginning where Clive shows Carter some C4 in his trunk, Carter's response of 'the Iraqis can't even get this shit' was altered (by replacing 'Iraqis' with Americans and removing the word shit). Also at the beginning and endings of the commercial breaks, interviews with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and scenes from Rush Hour 2 were shown. Jackie and Chris discussed working on the movie and commenting on each other. 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.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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Country:

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Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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2.39 : 1
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