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JCVD -- Playing himself self-deprecatingly, Jean-Claude Van Damme finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal.  In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels.  But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they've never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world.
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  (in credits order)

Jean-Claude Van Damme ... JCVD
Valérie Bodson ... Veuve Film Budapest
Hervé Sogne ... Lieutenant Smith
Rock Chen ... Réalisateur asiatique
Huifang Wang ... Traductrice asiatique

John Flanders ... 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

François Damiens ... Bruges
Pascal Lefebvre ... Képi 2
Jacky Lambert ... Képi 3
Norbert Rutili ... Perthier
Olivier Bisback ... Docteur GIGN - Eric
Armelle Gysen ... Journaliste 1
Karim Belkhadra ... Vigile
Jean-François Wolff ... Trentenaire
Michel Bouis ... Otage Cigarette
Raphaëlle Lubansu ... Otage 1
Claudio Dos Santos ... Otage 2

Zinedine Soualem ... Homme au Bonnet
Anne Paulicevich ... Guichetière
Hyppolyte Eloy ... Fils Guichetière
Alan Rossett ... Leon Bernstein
Saskia Flanders ... Fille JCVD
Jesse Joe Walsh ... Agent JCVD
Bella Wajnberg ... Dame Poste de Police
Jérôme Varanfrain ... Képi Poste de Police
Caroline Donnely ... Journaliste 2
Eric Boever ... Journaliste 3
Liliane Becker ... Mère JCVD
François Beukelaers ... Père JCVD
François De Brigode ... Journaliste Plateau Télé
Gregory Jones ... Détenu
Paul Rockenbrod ... Tobey Wood
Dean Gregory ... Réalisateur Film Tobey Wood
Alice Hubball ... Assistante Tobey Wood
Steve Preston ... Accessoiriste Film JCVD
Janine Horsburgh ... Assistante JCVD
Isabelle de Hertogh ... Manager Magasin de Jouets
Ingrid Heiderscheidt ... Mère Gamin Magasin de Jouets
Fjoralba Cuni ... Serveuse Boite de Nuit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Massimo Brancatelli ... Gardien de prison (uncredited)

Alan Delabie ... Policier (uncredited)
Kim Hermans ... Prisoner in kickboxing outfit (uncredited)
Leslie Woodhall ... Prison visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mabrouk El Mechri 
Writing credits
Mabrouk El Mechri (scenario)

Frédéric Benudis (in collaboration with)

Mabrouk El Mechri (adaptation and dialogue)

Frédéric Taddeï (original idea) and
Vincent Ravalec (original idea)

Christophe Turpin (writer)

Produced by
Sidonie Dumas .... delegate producer
Marc Fiszman .... executive producer
Patrick Quinet .... co-producer
Jani Thiltges .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Van Damme .... executive producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gast Waltzing 
Cinematography by
Pierre-Yves Bastard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kako Kelber 
Casting by
Kadija Leclere 
Françoise Menidrey 
Art Direction by
André Fonsny (production art director)
Set Decoration by
François Dickes 
Costume Design by
Uli Simon 
Makeup Department
Virginie Berland .... wigs maker
Caroline Case .... assistant makeup artist
Walter Cossu .... head makeup artist: M. Jean-Claude Van Damme
Claudine Moureaud .... head makeup artist (as Claudine Moureaud-Demoulling)
Joël Seiller .... assistant hair stylist
Bianca van der Steen .... makeup artist (as Bianca M. Van Der Steen)
Production Management
Yann Arnaud .... production manager
Vincent Canart .... production manager
Philippe Desmoulins .... production manager
Benoit Hemard .... assistant unit manager
Brigitte Kerger-Santos .... production manager
Maxime Maisin .... trainee production manager
Antonin Morel .... assistant unit manager
Patrice Pomes .... unit manager
Bernard Seitz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandre Brown .... second second assistant director
Manu Kamanda .... first assistant director
Laurent Scheid .... assistant director
Valérie Wery .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sébastien Autphenne .... ripper
François Bautier .... set dresser
Alain Boucherie .... props
Mario Capezzali .... carpenter
Céline De Streel .... assistant art director
Juliette Fassin .... trainee
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Amandine Grafé .... graphic designer
Maurice Grégoire .... props
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Julie Ridremont .... painter
Luc Ridremont .... carpenter
Smygol .... construction coordinator
Eric Verheyden .... assistant art director
Peggy Verstraeten .... stand-by props
Tom Viane .... apprentice props
Nicolas Vrancken .... set dresser
Pascalle Willame .... set dresser
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
François Dumont .... sound assistant
Jean-Stephane Garbe .... sound recordist
Thomas Gauder .... sound
Patrice Grisolet .... sound
Philippe Kohn .... sound mixer (as Philippe Khon)
Alain Lévy .... post synchronization
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Grégory Noël .... boom operator
Stephane Rabeau .... sound editor
Michel Schillings .... second sound mixer
Marc Thill .... sound assistant
Olivier Thys .... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects coordinator
Fred Roz .... credits
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Vincent Bersoulle .... stunts
Serge Beuchat .... stunts
Olivier Bisback .... head stunt man
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... fight coordinator
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Jacques Desplanque .... stunts
Eric Etje .... stunts
Eric Fournol .... stunts
Bastien Frendo .... stunts
Manuel Frendo .... stunts (as Manu Frendo)
Sylvain Gabet .... stunts
Yves Girard .... assistant stunt coordinator
Vincent Haquin .... stunts (as Vince Haquin)
Marc Hoang .... stunts (as Marc Hoang Nghi)
Emilie Jumeaux .... stunts
Ibrahima Keita .... stunts
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunts (as Manu Lanzi)
Grégory Loffredo .... stunts (as Gregory Loffredo)
Eric Mondoloni .... stunts
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts (as Patrick Medioni)
Louis-Marie Nyee .... stunts
Audrey Ottaviano .... stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts (as Frederic Vallet)
Patrick Vo .... stunts
Christophe Roblin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... second assistant camera
Antoine Bellem .... electrician
Nicolas Blampain .... additional electrician
Tanguy Boulanger .... video assist operator
Boris Bourgois .... grip
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Patrick de Ranter .... camera operator
Patrick Dehalu .... first assistant second camera
Jean Christophe Delinaoumis .... grip
Vincent Fauvelle .... electrician
Pier Hausemer .... first assistant camera
Ryszard Karcz .... groupman
Denis Liégeois .... electrician
Helder Loureiro Alves Da Silva .... lighting technician
David Morais Rocas .... third assistant camera
Jessica Theis .... still photographer
Thierry Van Laere .... key grip
Wahib .... still photographer
Casting Department
Anne Jacques .... extras casting assistant
Martin Rougier .... casting assistant
Katja Wolf .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Francotte .... wardrobe
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Fabrice Blin .... colorist
Reginald Gallienne .... digital color grader
Emmanuelle Mimran .... assistant editor
Location Management
Patrick Blocman .... location manager: prep
Laurent Hanon .... location scout
Myke Ismael .... assistant location manager
Gregor Rudolph .... assistant location manager
Jim Schumann .... location assistant
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Guy Goethals .... musician: first violin
Varda Kakon .... music supervisor
David Laborier .... arranger: "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
Damien Prud'homme .... musician: tenor sax
Christoph Simon .... music mixer
Christoph Simon .... music recordist
Gast Waltzing .... arranger
Gast Waltzing .... music mixer
Gast Waltzing .... musical director: big band
Gast Waltzing .... musician: trumpet
Transportation Department
Jim Schumann .... driver: cast
Other crew
Mylene Azar .... contracts: Gaumont Film
Julien Bertheuil .... bookkeeper
Salahadine H. Beztout .... personal assistant: M. Jean-Claude Van Damme (as Salahidine 'Max' Beztout)
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... production coordinator
Françoise Della Libera .... production administrator
Marie-Paule Ester .... production secretary
Claude Fenioux .... production financing
Catherine Gaul .... production coordinator
Delphine Joly .... manager: financing and public funding
Nour Rakotobe .... production controller
Pierre Thorez .... personal assistant: Mabrouk El Mechri
Anne Van Hove .... script supervisor
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production administrator

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Rated R for language and some violence
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Mabrouk El Mechri didn't write much dialog for Van Damme, as he did not want Van Damme to be limited by the words, as he has 'his own music'.See more »
Factual errors: Police chief Bruges tells Van Damme the decision to act was GIGN's move, not his. GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale - French SWAT) exists in France but not in Belgium where the movie story takes place. In Belgium, police's tactical unit is called ESI (Escadron Special d'Intervention).See more »
Policier:Central to Unit 27. Jean-Claude Van Damme's robbing a post office. I need back-up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Final Evaluation (2011)See more »
I'm Not Like Everybody ElseSee more »


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227 out of 246 people found the following review useful.
JCVD like we have never seen him before, 7 November 2008
Author: Kevin Schwoer from United States

I went into J.C.V.D with all the prepubescent memories of the action heroes of yesteryear; nostalgic roundhouse kicks, horrible dialogue, overdone explosions, one-liners and all. A time where the movie industry churned out the same movie a hundred different ways with the likes of Schwarzenegger, Stalone, and Van Damme in the spotlight. These action movies seem set aside from Hollywood history, not as bad films per say but as their own separate entity where critics and nay-sayers alike had no power to quell the insatiable appetite of young movie goers. A time where this trinity of subpar actors ruled the box offices with their muscles and gun toting charisma. Not that I was expecting J.C.V.D to be one of these films, but it is almost impossible not to be reminded of the better days of mindless entertainment when the film's title is the initials of the King of High Kicking, Jean Claude Van Damme. I was expecting something I have never seen before, something of a reinvention of an American, French, or more importantly, world icon. Which is exactly what I got.

J.C.V.D. is not a Jean Claude Van Damme movie whatsoever, no more than its namesake. There are no drawn out fight scenes, no car chases, and certainly no bad one-liners. Instead, the film is a hybrid, a meta-film, going beyond documentary, mocumentary, or full blown narrative. If I were to categorize it as anything, it would be a documentary of a mocumentary since it isn't afraid to break the fourth wall and does so on many occasions. The narrative is broken up, flipping back and forth if not only for the element of short lived mystery. It is not a character study since Van Damme is almost too well known for that, rather it is reenactment of his life dramatized for Hollywood. It doesn't matter if the story is true or not, the important thing is that Van Damme makes it real. Obviously drawing from his real life experiences, he pours his heart into his cinematic counterpart and proves to the world that he can flex his acting muscles just as well as he can flex his biceps, if not better now in his old age. Van Damme humanizes himself in a way that we have never seen. In a power and telling scene where Van Damme literally is lifted above the fourth wall, he explains to the camera his inglorious life and career, full or mistakes, drugs, and heartbreak. It brings a heart to those action films of yesteryear, of a past where things were simpler and a present where retrospection, as well as introspection, only leads to heartache.

This film speaks about the power of the celebrity and the quick to judge public. It brings to light the blood thirsty court system once it has a celebrity to make it famous. And it shows that not all of these superstars are the personalities we see on film. That they are normal people thrust into extraordinary situations with nothing to do but buckle under the pressure of the public. But beyond the serious nature of J.C.V.D. there are plenty of easter eggs to be found for those pure action fan boys. References to all of his previous work and signature high kicks are spread throughout the film that give it it's humor while the performances and solid writing attribute to many laughs as well.

The opening sequence of J.C.V.D. perfectly captures the message it is broadcasting to our time. It features an action sequence where Van Damme is out of breath and sloppily taking out soldiers while the stunt men and actors alike exhibit their heartless effort for a pay check in the film industry while the director throws darts at a picture of Hollywood. It lacks all the magic of his work while accentuating the cheesiness to a point where the fake film is a mirror image of the action industry today. And as Van Damme tries to catch his breath and lobby for a better film, he can only walk away in disgust of what his beloved career has become. J.C.V.D. is a film that knows what it is and what it is trying to say. Yet it somehow goes beyond that to become something more. It breaks down and then raises up one of the most famous action stars of all time only to show him in one of his best roles. Himself. It is not a tribute to those days gone by where I would rent six Van Damme movies and watch the rest of the afternoon away, it is more. It is a fun, funny, entertaining, and a damn good film. One thing is for sure, I will never look at Van Damme the same way again, and that is a great thing.

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