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The Quest (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  26 April 1996 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Carrie Newton
Harry Smythe
Abdel Qissi ...
Khan (Mongolian Fighter)
Chang Ching Peng Chaplin ...
Master Tchi
Officer O'Keefe
Matt Lyon ...
Phang (Siamese Fighter) (as Jen Sung Outerbridge)
Peter Wong ...
Chinese Fighter
Kitao Koji ...
Sumo Wrestler


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kalandor  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


ITL 802,553,000 (Italy) (15 November 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tatum O'Neal claims in her autobiography that she was called personally for the main female role in the film by Jean-Claude Van Damme, but failed to get the part after a romance between her and Van Damme faltered. See more »


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 »


Maxie Devine: [Cheering Chris up] NEW YORK CITY!
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Referenced in Criminal Lovers (1999) See more »

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Van Damme's effort as a director is a good surprise!
31 July 2000 | by (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This film is Van Damme's first effort as director, and he is surprisingly good in his task!The Quest is, of course, a simple action film, but it has a lot of good intentions and the story, written by Van Damme, is good-hearted. The star plays Chris Dubois, a man who is saved by a group of mercenaries led by a smooth and charming thief (Roger Moore, who brings a little bit of comedy and softness to the story), and this guy takes Chris to the Lost City to fight in a highly dangerous tournament. The winner takes home a beautiful, enormous golden dragon. This isn't the best film of Van Damme's career, his best phase was with the Chinese directors (Hard Target, The Colony), but The Quest isn't a good film for those who want to see explosions, Van Damme blowing people's heads off and those kinds of thing. This is an adventure, the type of film that, if we were now ten years old, would love!you don't have violence, shootings and explosions, if you want to watch something like that rent Hellbound Hellraiser 2, this is a Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark kind of film. If you want to give the movie a shot, try to forget your grown-up side and watch it as if you were ten years old again. Then you will love it!it's a simple, entertaining and very good movie!

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