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Lionheart (1990)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lyon
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Joshua
Deborah Rennard ...
Cynthia
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Helene
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Nicole Gaultier
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Voyo Goric ...
Sgt. Hartog
Michel Qissi ...
Moustafa
George McDaniel ...
Adjutant
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Doctor
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Francois (as Jason Adams)
William T. Amos ...
Drug Dealer
Roz Bosley ...
Nurse
Dennis Rucker ...
Irish Legionnaire (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
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African Legionnaire
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Storyline

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 <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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

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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

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,078,196 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Olivier Gruner earned his credit by supplying background research regarding the French Foreign Legion to the filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

Lyon's first fight opponent has a prominent tattoo on his left shoulder that appears very detailed, then is mostly rubbed off, then is very detailed again. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Hartog: You know why we're here. Don't force us to get rough in front of little girl.
Lyon: Without me, they'll be on the street!
Sgt. Hartog: Tell your sad stories to the court martial. We're just supposed to take you back... any way we can.
Lyon: Just give me one week to get the money for them. One week.
Sgt. Hartog: Your time was up in the desert, and we still owe you for that one. Fucker!
Lyon: Go to hell.
[turns and runs]
Sgt. Hartog: I show you hell!
[fight ensues]
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Dodge City Blues
Written by Christian Nesmith, David Chuchian and Tony Tasis
Produced by Tim Bomba
Performed by Off
Published by Baba Sarah Music (BMI)/Bombadier Music (BMI)
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Up there in Van Dammage's top five flicks!
22 September 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Before we head off down critical trail, lets be charitable. This is a Van Damme flick - more or less its own genre, certainly sufficiently signposted for the unwary to avoid if this is not their comfort zone. Now I have to admit to a certain bias - we have almost every film Van Damme has ever made, and for the most part, on simply an entertainment scale, Jean Claude delivers the goods. (Even as late as REPLICANT)

This offering - known pretty much EVERYWHERE but the US as WRONG BET (By far the better title when you watch it) is value for money. You wanna see classical acting? go study Laurence Olivier's HENRY V. You fancy mind bending sci-fi...hell, Kubrick's 2001 ain't never gonna be topped. You want to laugh yourself senseless? go watch a Renny Harlin flick...but you want to see some serious hurting on screen...let Van Damme loose.

I am tiring of the incessant complaints that Van Damme can't act! Did he ever say he could? How many of his detractors could do any better? Could John Wayne? did anyone ever want to SEE him being anything BUT John Wayne? JCVD does a half decent job here I have to say and it strikes me as a case of "let him who is without sin" etc etc when it comes to assassinating his thespian talents.

This film has plenty going for it......namely action, conviction and courage. In the genre in which it finds itself necessarily categorised, I believe a 7 is in order!


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