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Double Impact (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  9 August 1991 (USA)
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Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong ... See full summary »

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Frank Avery
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Danielle Wilde
Corinna Everson ...
Kara
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Raymond Zhang
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Nigel Griffith
Bolo Yeung ...
Moon
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Paul Wagner
Wu Fong Lung ...
Chinese Nurse
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Body Guard With Spurs
Sarah-Jane Varley ...
Katherine Wagner
Kamel Krifa ...
Eugene Choy ...
Mr. Chen
Jack Gilardi Jr. ...
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Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong Kong. Seeing a picture of Alex, Chad rejoins him and convinces him that his rival in Hong Kong is also the man who killed their parents. Alex is suspicious of Chad, especially when it comes to his girlfriend. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Two brothers separated by the violence. Now together in a mission of revenge. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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9 August 1991 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,102,717 (USA)
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Director Albert Pyun was briefly approached when the project was then called 'The Corsican Brothers' in the late 1980's. He said on his Facebook page in 2012: "The last time I've spoken with JCVD was on the roof of a building across the street from Cannon on Wilshire. JCVD wanted to talk in private and he told me the story he wanted to do for his next film called "Corsican Brother" which became Double Impact I believe. JCVD asked if I would want to direct it for him. The whole idea of TWO JCVD's seemed a bit far fetched and I did not commit either way but told him I had reservations about how the twins idea would work. I told him I thought he should keep moving in the direction of a pure action star and leave the gimmick movies behind. Haven't seen or talked to him since directly." See more »

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When Chad blows Moon with helicopter kick in last fight, in slow motion we could see that he actually didn't hit him. His foot was at least 12 inches far from Moon's head. See more »

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Alex: I hear all sorts of bullshit everyday, pal. You want some advice? Take your fancy clothes and your black silk underwear and go back to Disneyland.
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Classic Van Dammage!!
13 May 2003 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

This is joyously over the top and inane. This is classic Van Damme at his absolute best. In yet another (well in fact the first) of his duel role films, Jean Claude plays two twins separated at birth. They were separated when both their parents were killed by vicious gangsters, including the legend Bolo Yeung (Enter the Dragon).

What makes this film is the always-enjoyable combination of Van Damme and director Sheldon Lettich. Lettich knows how to get the best out of Claude in the fights sequences, with a liberal and entertainingly cheesy use of slo-mo while Van Damme grunts and poses and jumps kicks his way through countless foes. The fights are so entertaining, and they more than make up for the wooden or ham-fisted acting of the cast, not to mention the brainless plot and cheesy dialogue.

This was written by Van Damme and really seems at times like an ego trip, with some of the lines and actions that characters have. It is entertaining in that sense. What is also funny about this film is the constant posing and muscle flexing from Van Damme. This is one of his most enjoyable films, because it is so fun, it brings back the fun feeling from his earlier film Kickboxer.

Overall this is one to watch and the fight between Van Damme and Bolo is the stuff of legend. ***


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