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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 ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The biggest fight of his life See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mabrouk El Mechri agreed to rewrite the script on the condition he could meet Jean-Claude Van Damme first before starting the draft, so he wouldn't waste six months on something that Van Damme would veto. See more »


In the court room the attorney says, "How does this actor play Death? Let me count the ways: mangled under the wheels of a truck, strangulation, fracturing the skull, taking out the tibula..." There is no anatomic structure named tibula. The lower leg is made of two bones, the tibia and fibula. It is a common mistake of people who do not know anatomy to say tibula. See more »


Policier: Central to Unit 27. Jean-Claude Van Damme's robbing a post office. I need back-up.
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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 TRON (1982) See more »


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By Arrangement with The Orchard
Lyrics and Music by David Bowie
Editions: North America: Jones Music Americ (ascap)
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Rest of world: Jones Music America / RZO Music Ltd
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The lost son returns
17 November 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

There once was a naive young men from the slums of Brussels full of hope and passionate with love seeking his way in life and making his dreams come true by becoming a Hollywood movie star. Boy oh boy, did things turn out to be different from what he expected. After once being type-casted as a martial arts B-movie star, he became easily outdated and in time just food for ridicule. After being walked all over by numerous people he trusted, including the women he loved, and after allowing one of these women to get him introduced to an illegal and addictive substance, he continued to do downhill.

The rise from a simple Belgian boy to Hollywood movie star and the subsequent fall from grace turned the once naive young man into a wise old man. Having seen much of the world and lived both a life of poverty and pain as well as a life of luxury and hedonism, this man has seen it all and done it all. And now he's back with a vengeance.

Of course, the man I'm talking about is Jean-Claude van Damme. Disappointed about the rats and vultures that populate Hollywood, he decided to go back to his roots, pay respects to his homeland and hope he's still welcome there to attempt a new career in movies. And boy oh boy, his first attempt seems promising.

Jean-Claude van Damme showed the world he can actually act and he made sure that everyone watching this film understands why he was involved. His disgust towards the media and the Hollywood movie industry just radiate from this film, but not in arrogance but rather in all modesty and with regret, clinging on to the values and principles once taught to him by his parents and his Karate teacher when he was still a little boy living in Brussels. As a fellow Belgian, I pay respect to this man and hope his second movie career will be better than his first.

Bonne chance, Jean-Claude.

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