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(1996)

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Originally filmed as "The Exchange" but during post-production, Sony felt that people wouldn't get the subtle title. Sony wanted something that sounded more like an action film. A new title "Bloodstone" was selected. Sony even used this title to promote the film in several industry publications, but they ultimately felt that the new title lacked the urgency and excitement of a Jean-Claude Van Damme film. Ultimately "Maximum Risk" was selected.
This was Jean-Claude Van Damme's first starring film under his contract with Sony Pictures.
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In some of the international trailers for the film, Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) tells Alex (Natasha Henstridge) that he is a "contractor". She asks "You're a hitman?" to which Alain nods. In the released film Alain's occupation is a policeman.
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Ringo Lam, an Asian movie director, directed this, as his American debut. John Woo, also an Asian director had an American debut film, Hard Target (1993). Both starred Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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It was Jean-Claude Van Damme's idea that Asian action director Ringo Lam direct this film, as his American directorial debut.
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"Maximum Risk" was a box-office disappointment in the U.S., but performed well in Europe, grossing almost 40 million dollars.
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After a string of successful theatrical action movies in the early 90s, "Maximum Risk" was one of the first movies starring Jean-Claude Van Damme to skip theaters and be released direct-to-video in many countries. This became the fate of most of van Damme's movies that came afterwards, with a few exceptions such as The Expendables 2 (2012).
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The subway scene in "Maximum Risk" was actually shot in both NYC and Philadelphia. The foot chase on the street and subway stairs was filmed in the real Brighton Beach Station in Brooklyn, NY. However, the platform scenes were filmed at Philadelphia's Berks Market-Frankford Station with Market-Frankford Subway Cars dressed up in "Q Train" stickers to represent the NYC Subway. When Van Damme's character falls between the tracks, he's back at the actual Brighton Beach Station again.
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