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In Hell (2003)

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A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Battista ...
General Hruschov
Manol Manolov ...
Billy Rieck ...
Alan Davidson ...
Malakai (as Malakai Davidson)
Veselin Kalanovski ...
Ivo Tonchev ...
Milos Milicevic ...


Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that he's too late. The man who killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence. So Kyle takes the law into his own hands, and kills the man to avenge his wife's death. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Russian prison he is sent to is tough, and the warden amuses himself by putting on fights where he fills his pockets with money by betting on the fights. Kyle begins to break and go crazy, so he is forced into these fights because the warden knows he is a sure thing. Kyle's cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fights for. With that, Kyle knows now he must fight another battle: the fight for inner peace. It is the only way he can become the man he once was. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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Rage unleashed.


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Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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8 August 2003 (Spain)  »

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Hell  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lawrence Taylor's character is named 451, a reference to Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451. See more »


451: Unity of people can bring down any establishment. Their power was gone.
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References Mortal Kombat (1995) See more »


Mid East Mix
Written by Peter Calandra (as Pete Calandra) and Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
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a Nu vAn DammE?
26 November 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

In Hell isn't quite the Oscar winner, but compared to Van Damme's last couple movies (who are we kidding, almost all of his movies), it is a pot of gold.

Sent to life imprisionment for the murder of his wife's killer, he is thrown into the violent world of prision fighting run by the guards. What happens? Watch the movie.

In Hell is shockingly well made due to it not being the typical Van Damme-fare. He shows a wide range of emotion while holding back his martial arts and instead getting beat up in over half the movie. The main reason to see In Hell is to see a damn good Jean Claude Van Damme movie.

8 out of 10

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