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JCVD (2008)

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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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Hervé Sogne ...
Lieutenant Smith
Rock Chen ...
Réalisateur asiatique
Huifang Wang ...
Traductrice asiatique
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Renata Kamara ...
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Vincent Lecuyer ...
Jenny De Chez ...
Patrick Steltzer ...
Policier 1
Bernard Eylenbosch ...
Technicien Telecom
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Pascal Lefebvre ...
Képi 2
Jacky Lambert ...
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The biggest fight of his life See more »

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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:

Ж.К.В.Д.  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€524,109 (France), 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,119, 9 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$470,691, 18 January 2009
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

JCVD: Once in the film "Hard Target", I took a shot from a blank. It took salts to reanimate me.
Arthur: "Hard Target"! John Woo! What an ass!
JCVD: Don't say that!
Arthur: C'mon, Jean-Claude, wait a sec!
[to the hostages, referring to Van Damme]
Arthur: He's the one who brought him to the US. Without him, he'd still be filming pigeons in Hong Kong!
[to Van Damme]
Arthur: And then what? He drops you!
JCVD: At least, he did "Face/Off".
Arthur: So what? He could've picked you!
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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 »

Connections

References Les visiteurs (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Modern Love
Performed by Marie Mazziotti (p2000)
Courtesy of Marie Mazziotti
By Arrangement with The Orchard
Lyrics and Music by David Bowie
Editions: North America: Jones Music Americ (ascap)
adm by Arzo Publishing
Rest of world: Jones Music America / RZO Music Ltd
(All Rights Reserved Globally)
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Spectacular
22 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

There's some word combinations that you simply can't envisage together. "Jean-Claude Van Damme can act" is one of them. Yet, remarkable as it may seem, the Muscles from Brussels turns in a truly career turning performance in JCVD.

Directed and co-written by Mabrouk El Mechri, JCVD manages to capably straddle art house, action and comedy genres as it captivates the viewer by laying bare the soul of the star of such DVD fare as Bloodsport, Streetfighter, and Universal Soldier, to name only a few.

Largely based on his real life troubles, JCVD unfolds as Van Damme retreats to his native Belgium in the wake of a losing child custody battle in a Los Angeles court.

Mounting financial troubles have left our hero with over-maxed plastic and debit cards that no longer yield ATM withdrawals. Forced to tap into his savings reserves, he makes a pit stop at a post office/bank to arrange a money wire transfer to pay his lawyer, only to discover that the bank is in the process of being robbed and he's stuck in the midst of the drama.

To make matters worse, the manner in which things have unfolded has caused authorities and media alike to believe that Van Damme is the mastermind, orchestrating the heist and hostage taking to pay his legal bills.

Segmented into chapters and shown out of sequence, similar to Pulp Fiction, El Mechri manages to deftly juggle laughs and tension to deliver a film that uniquely straddles several genres, including breaking the "fourth wall" with an eight-minute long monologue in the film's third act that sees the muscle-bound Belgian recap, with painful tear-inducing pain, his life of cheesy movies, women and drugs.

Think of Dog Day Afternoon in which Pacino gets to speak to the audience and lay his soul bare and you've got an idea of what's in store with JCVD, which, if there's any justice, will do for Van Damme's career what Tarantino did for Travolta's. Especially now that we know JCVD can act.


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