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Lionheart (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  11 January 1991 (USA)
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Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Rennard ...
Nicole Gaultier
Voyo Goric ...
Sgt. Hartog
Michel Qissi ...
Francois (as Jason Adams)
William T. Amos ...
Drug Dealer
Roz Bosley ...
Dennis Rucker ...
Irish Legionnaire (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
African Legionnaire


Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <>

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Honour or revenge, he has no choice... See more »


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphically violent fight scenes and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A.W.O.L.  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$24,078,196 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film named 'Lionheart' has also been known as 'A.W.O.L - Absent Without Leave', 'Full Contact' in France and 'Wrong Bet' in Australia and other territories, as 'Wrong Bet' is the original title under which it was written and initially produced and filmed.. Wrong Bet was also the name of the production company See more »


During the final fight scene, the position of the white lines on the floor changes. This is especially evident at the beginning of the fight. See more »


Lyon: "I'm not your toy, Cynthia!"
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References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »


Written, Produced and Performed by Bill Wray
Published by Virgin Music, Inc. and Bill Wray Music (ASCAP)
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One of Van Damme's better, more human films.....
16 September 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few films by Van Damme that stand out in my mind when I think of his 'career highlights'. All of his films are formulaic actioners, but Lionheart is one of his better films. His character is more layered here, which makes this more of a drama than most of his others. We as the audience can feel for his character and, as a result, root for him as he tries to evade his past and help what family he has left. A nice little action film, with Van Damme forced to act a little here. For his capabilities, he is convincing as Lyon. Harrison Page is very good in the film as the ex-street fighter turned confidant, and almost steals the show. A highlight of Van Damme's career.

*** out of **** stars.

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