JCVD (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  4 June 2008 (France)
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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valérie Bodson ...
Veuve Film Budapest
Hervé Sogne ...
Rock Chen ...
Réalisateur asiatique
Huifang Wang ...
Traductrice asiatique
Avocat ex-Femme
Renata Kamara ...
Juge Tribunal Los Angeles
Mourade Zeguendi ...
Client Vidéo club
Vincent Lecuyer ...
Vendeur Vidéo Club
Jenny De Chez ...
Taxiwoman JCVD
Patrick Steltzer ...
Policier 1
Bernard Eylenbosch ...
Technicien Telecom
Pascal Lefebvre ...
Képi 2
Jacky Lambert ...
Képi 3


Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States. Written by Wismerhill & Redking

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 June 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

JCVD - I huvudet på Van Damme  »

Box Office


€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,119 (USA) (7 November 2008)


$470,691 (USA) (16 January 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening intro scene was filmed at the end of the shoot for insurance reasons. It was rehearsed over an entire night and shot in 4 or 5 takes. See more »


When the two guys talk about movies in the Video-store the one claims that Stallone fought against Arabs in "Rambo 3". But actually in "Rambo 3" John Rambo was fighting FOR Afghans Muslims in Afghanistan and against the "bad" Russian troops. See more »


J.C.V.D.: This movie is for me. There we are, you and me. Why did you do that? Or why did I do that? You made my dream come true. I asked for it. I promised you something in return and I haven't delivered yet. You win, I lose. Unless... the path you've set for me is full of hurdles where the answer comes before the question. Yeah I do that. Now I know why. It's the cure, from what I've seen here. It all makes sense. It makes sense to those who understand. So... America, poverty, stealing to eat... ...
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Crazy Credits

The Gaumont title sequence begins with a silhouetted boy picking up a sunflower, but he is met by a silhouetted Jean-Claude Van Damme, who attempts to grab the sunflower from him. When the boy refuses to let go of the sunflower, Van Damme gives him a roundhouse kick before kicking the sunflower up into space, where it grows into the Gaumont logo. See more »


References Three Kings (1999) See more »


(2006 Digital Remaster) Labi Siffre (as Labbi Siffre)
(p) 2006 EMI Records Ltd
Courtesy of EMI MUSIC France
© Edited by CHRYSALIS Music Ltd
Courtesy of Chrysalis Music France
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"Shooting pigeons . . ."
28 November 2008 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"He'd still be shooting pigeons in Hong Kong," says one of the players In JCVD about director John Woo's debt to action star Jean-Claude Van Damme for their 1993 collaboration, Hard Target. Making that film may have been JCVD's greatest contribution to modern cinema although the current film with his initials in the title is more interesting than any previous kick-butt martial arts flick of his I can remember.

The story's framing device is Van Damme's fictional character of the same name unwittingly becoming a hostage in a bank robbery where his inability to extricate himself and the other hostages is a commentary on the impotence in real life of the mythical hero on the screen. The gritty, de-saturated look inside and outside the bank reminds me of the urban realism of Sidney Lumet's bank-heist Dog Day Afternoon. There's even a stringy-haired thug, but Van Damme is no Dustin Hoffman.

In this satire of his mercurial career as an action star, Van Damme ironically manages a mini-Mickey Rourke comeback by expressing feelings for his daughter and for the lost glamorous life of the Muscles from Brussels. His taciturn, expressionless persona is exactly what the satire needs to move it from a comedy about celebrity to a serious attempt to throw his identity into the existential arena. Indeed one long take in which he tearfully philosophizes about his troubled life is either ludicrous or a rather nice reflection on the vagaries of fame, albeit low rent. The other long take during the titles shows the aging hero fighting his way through a gauntlet of bad guys in a current movie. It's not bad given how bad Stallone could be in the same situation.

Van Damme has had real-life difficulties getting custody of his daughter and righting his tax problems, so JCVD is an apt imagining of his troubles. At some moments he does quite well taking his acting where it has never gone before. That he recently lost a role to Stephen Seagal, who agreed to cut his pony tail for the part, is less an indictment of Jean-Claude than it is a commentary on the vagaries of showbiz heroism.

"Sic transit gloria mundi."

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