Rush Hour

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Rush Hour is a 1998 martial arts/buddy cop film.

Directed by Brett Ratner. Written by Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna.
The Fastest Hands In The East Meet The Biggest Mouth In The West. taglines

Det. James Carter[edit]

  • The Beach Boys are gonna get you a great ass-whoopin! Don't you ever touch a black man's radio, boy! You can do that in China but you can get your ass killed out here, man!
  • This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
  • [after killing Sang] Wipe yourself off man. You dead.
  • I'm Detective Carter. Do you speaka any English? [pause] DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMIN' OUTTA MY MOUTH?! I cannot believe this shit. First I get a bullshit assignment, now Mr. Rice-A-Roni...don't even speak American. C'mon man my ride's over here... Put your bag in the back. [louder] Put...yo the back! [Lee hands the bag to Carter] No, no, no, no, no! You put your own shit in the back! I am not a skycap! I'm FBI, you understand?!
  • ('Dazed after being booted in the head') Which one of y'all just kicked me?
  • [after Juntao's fatal fall into the fountain] Whoo! You know he dead!
  • This is the United States Of James Carter! I'm the President, I'm the Emperor, I'm the King...I'm Michael Jackson, you Tito!
  • I'm "Blackinese"!
  • [surprised by a rain of $100 bills] Thank you, God!
  • [to everyone in the building] Hey! Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Detective Carter from the LAPD. We just received a threat on the building. We ask if you please exit the building as soon as possible, and please, do not panic! [all is silent] You hear what I just said?! Get your shit and go out the door! [everyone starts to leave the building] Hurry up! Get the hell outta here! There's a bomb in the building!

Det. Inspector Lee[edit]

  • Whassup, my nigga?
  • We can hang in my crib. I will show you my 'hood
  • [Singing "War"] Say it again you all.
  • Oh, um...I'm policeman! I'm just trying to show him how to take a gun from a suspect.
  • I don't care about him. I don't care about you. I care about the little girl.
  • (When instructed to flash Carter's badge and photo ID to a group of gangsters) This won't work. I'm not 6' 1.
  • Freeze! LAPD! (Drops Carter's Badge)


Sang: The drop will be made tonight, 11:00pm. The amount will be $50,000,000.
Carter: $50,000,000?! Who do you think you kidnapped, Chelsea Clinton?!
Sang: In U.S. currency. Nothing bigger than a 50.
Carter: All right. All right. Cool. Cool. Cool. $50,000,000. No prob. No prob.
Sang: I want 20,000,000 in 50s...
Carter: [writes it down] 20,000,000 in 50s.
Sang: 20,000,000 in 20s...
Carter: 20,000,000 in 20s.
Sang: And 10,000,000 in 10s.
Carter: And 10,000,000 in 10s. You want any 5s with that?

Carter: Hey man, you seen a little Asian dude about this height with a steering wheel on his arm?
Secret Service guy: Go screw yourself.
Carter: What did you say?
Secret Service guy: Go screw yourself.
Carter: You get your sensitive ass up there and let me in! Get out of the way!

Lee: I am not responsible for your assumption.
Carter: You full of shit, you understand me, you full of shit.
Lee: Not being able to speak is not the same as not speaking. You seem as if you like to talk. I like to let people talk who like to talk. It makes it easier to find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: [beat] What the hell did you just say? "I let people talk, blah blah blah" so I'm the one full of shit?
Lee: We both full of shit.
Carter: You full of shit.

Lee:[Singing "War"] What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Say it again you all.
Carter: It's not "you all" its "y'all".
Lee: Yahl?
Carter: Y'all!
Lee: Yaal!
Carter: Man you sound like a karate movie. Y'all!

Cab Driver: (points a gun at Lee and Carter) Okay, who the hell are you?
Carter: Hey man look, FBI ? (shows his badge)
Lee: Oh, um...I'm policeman! I'm just showing him how to take a gun from a suspect.

[Chinese food seller handing Carter some Chinese food.]
Carter: Damn Chen, some greasy shit? You aint got no better food like some chicken wings, some baby back-ribs, some fries or something?
Chen: Chinese food! No soul food here!
Carter: I ain't say nothing about no soul food. I said ain't you got some better food? I don't want that greasy shit. How you gonna sell a big box of grease?
Chen: Fung geneo bunkwain.
Carter: I'm a chilly what?
Chen: I'm no punk bitch!
Carter: I aint no punk bitch either!
Chen: I'm no punk bitch!

[Carter and Lee board a flight to China]
Carter: Man, how long is this flight?
Lee: Fifteen hours.
Carter: Fifteen hours? What are we gonna do for fifteen hours?
[Lee shrugs, then puts on headphones]
Lee: (singing) Huh!
Carter: (Carter turns in horror)
Lee: (singing) War! Uh! Good God "yaw."
Carter: Aw, hell no! Stewardess, get me another seat! Stewardess!

[After Carter rescues Soo Young from Van]
Carter: Hey! Juntao! I got something you want!
[Pulls Soo Young out, bomb still strapped to her chest]
Carter: Come on, push the button.
Soo Yung: What are you doing?!
Carter: I'm just playing, play along. Come on push the button!
Soo Yung: Yeah, come on push the button!
Carter: Blow everybody up!
Soo Yung: Yeah, blow everybody up!
Carter: Push the goddamn button!
Soo Yung: Push the goddamn button!
[Pulls Soo Yung back]
Carter: You heard what she said.


(After Tucker messed up three times after trying to say 'Thank You' in Mandarin)
Chan: (Laughing and says to the camera) See! How difficult is that!? My ENGLISH?! He even cannot says three words of Chinese! Now you know how I feel! (then laughs while showing two peace signs)

[After Chan kicks up a gun in a holster and almost dropping it several time]
Chan: Don' move! [other actor laughs] Don't smile!
[Chan makes fake firing noises through his mouth]

Outtakes: They must not go to bla...
Tucker: You right man, let's go tell'em. [Tucker leaves]

Officer: Alright let me see your badge buddy!
Officer 2: This isn't a joke!
Officer: Show me your ass!
Tucker: Show your ass?! Ya'll some gay ass cops!
[everyone laughs]


  • The Fastest Hands In The East Meet The Biggest Mouth In The West.
  • Pals Forever. If they can get past today.
  • They come from different cultures. But on a case this big, they speak the same language.


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