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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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Release Date:
4 June 2008 (France) See more »
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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)
Gregory Loffredo .... stunts
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
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)
Patrick Blocman .... location manager: prep
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... production coordinator
Françoise Della Libera .... production administrator
Marie-Paule Ester .... production secretary
Claude Fenioux .... production financing
Catherine Gaul .... production coordinator
Laurent Hanon .... location scout
Myke Ismael .... assistant location manager
Delphine Joly .... manager: financing and public funding
Nour Rakotobe .... production controller
Gregor Rudolph .... assistant location manager
Jim Schumann .... location assistant
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?

According to Mabrouk El Mechri in a Q&A at the Toronto International Film Festival, about 70% of the film was scripted and the other 30% was improvised by the actors.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bloodsport (1988)See more »
None Of Us Are FreeSee more »


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94 out of 131 people found the following review useful.
Van Damme is astonishing, a cult is born !, 13 October 2008
Author: Louis-Philippe from Canada

The story, I wont tell, you know it. So, no spoilers ! The "Van Damme" = this is what i'm gonna review. Van Damme got mature. Van Damme has stories in his eyes. Van Damme has life in his eyes. Van Damme has sadness in his eyes. Van Damme has regrets in his eyes. Van Damme has stuff to say to the world, to his audience. Van Damme have a message to deliver. He does in JCVD.

In JCVD, we see for the first time Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, the man, amazing ! Not the character, the real man ! You can feel it from the screen. wow, very cool feeling I had.

The context of the film help Van Damme for telling the truth about his bad moments in life/career and conclude them. This movie close the bad Van Damme, it is a reborn. A therapy film for Van Varenberg.

The jokes (humor) is very well done, van damme can be very funny in his language. The action scenes are "real style" shouted. I liked it a lot. Good kicks in this film, few, but good, so powerful, the sound effects are awesome.

The monologue is astonishing, so Oscar winning performance ! Van Damme has secret about his daughter Bianca, is not easy to be a father (as an action figure) for a daughter. The relation between a daughter watching her "normal" dad in his Hollywood life/career is not easy.

Van Damme is really back on track.

JCVD The Movie : 10/10 Jean-Claude Van Varenberg, the most human-actor in Hollywood. 10/10

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