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The Quest (1996)

Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing,... See full summary »

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Cast

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Carrie Newton
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Harry Smythe
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Khao
Abdel Qissi ...
Khan (Mongolian Fighter)
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Riggi
Chang Ching Peng Chaplin ...
Master Tchi
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Officer O'Keefe
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Red
Matt Lyon ...
Billy
Jen Sung ...
Phang (Siamese Fighter) (as Jen Sung Outerbridge)
Peter Wong ...
Chinese Fighter
Kitao Koji ...
Sumo Wrestler
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Storyline

Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris' journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle... Written by Tim Kroll <tkroll@chs.cusd.cusd.claremont.edu>

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A lost city, A man of destiny, A test of honor... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and martial arts fights | See all certifications »

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26 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kalandor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,600,000 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Roger Moore was promised "above the title" billing by the producers on the posters and the film, but was shocked to see his name was further down in the credits. See more »

Goofs

On the Region 1 DVD in the special features it has a filmography for Jean Claude Van Damme the first film on which is Abominable (1998), however that film never got past the planning stages and at the time was listed as an in-production project for him until around 2000. See more »

Quotes

Maxie Devine: [Cheering Chris up] NEW YORK CITY!
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Connections

Referenced in Nærkontakt: Kabul, Oslo (2013) See more »

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Viva Brazil
Written and Produced by Elton Ahi (as Elton F. Ahi)
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good
17 November 2001 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This film is a lot better than I expected, and much better than the other imdb comments would imply. You can essentially split this movie in half, with the first half being an adventure movie and the second half being a fight competition. I actually liked the adventure portion a lot more than the fight competition, which is surprising since I like stuff like Bloodsport (the fight part of The Quest is essentially a higher-budget version of Bloodsport). At any rate, this movie is great visually -- it's filmed in a lot of exotic locations. I also thought the direction was great...there were some interesting shots that really impressed me for Van Damme's first directorial effort. The story kinda moves along too quickly and there are a couple parts where this strains the believability of the story (such as how easy it is for Van Damme to get the fight invitation/map from the boxer), but these are easily overlooked and don't really detract much.

I went into this expecting it to be low-budget and fairly dumb, but I was surprised at the lavish production and the fact that it has an actual story which I find more interesting than the fighting.


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