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Director:
Writers:
Mabrouk El Mechri (scenario)
Frédéric Benudis (in collaboration with)
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Release Date:
4 June 2008 (France) See more »
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Be Aware See more »
Plot:
Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Shooting pigeons . . ." See more (131 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
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
Vincent Canart .... production manager
Philippe Desmoulins .... production manager
Benoit Hemard .... assistant unit manager
Brigitte Kerger-Santos .... production manager
Maxime Maisin .... trainee production 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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some violence
Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mabrouk El Mechri and Jean-Claude Van Damme had an agreement that the latter couldn't yell 'cut' to end a scene (as Van Damme has done on many of his other films).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Policier:Central to Unit 27. Jean-Claude Van Damme's robbing a post office. I need back-up.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Citizen Kane (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Not Like Everybody ElseSee more »

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42 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
"Shooting pigeons . . .", 28 November 2008
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

"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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