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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:
Interesting movie, with a terrific performance by Van Damme. See more (127 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
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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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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Trivia:
The concept for the film originated with the producer had an agreement with Jean-Claude Van Damme to play himself in a movie. In the original screenplay Van Damme was portrayed more as a clown. Mabrouk El Mechri was brought on to rewrite, and was subsequently asked to direct.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Towards the end of the movie, after JCVD is taken into custody and Bruges talks to the SWAT's chief, as the camera moves up we can see on the ground the shadow of a microphone.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 Face/Off (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
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142 out of 154 people found the following review useful.
Interesting movie, with a terrific performance by Van Damme., 5 June 2008
Author: Squeele

Interesting concept from french director Mabrouk el Mechri: real action star Jean Claude Van Damme is engaged into a bitter legal battle for his daughter's custody. Said daughter is mocked by her classmates for her father's antics, and prefers staying with her mother. Ridiculed by the media and smarty-pants naysayers, condemned to shoot sub-par B-movies in eastern Europe, almost broke and devastated by his little girl's condition, Jean Claude flies back to his native Belgium in order to find solace. After an odd encounter with small time crooks, his life and perception by the public will be changed forever.

From a direction/scriptwriting point of view, the movie is somewhat lacking focus. It's relying a bit too much on inside jokes and heist movie clichés, for better or worse. There are some truly great moments (the opening scene is hilarious - any scene using Baby Huey's "Hard Times" tune cannot be bad anyway; the court scenes are cleverly written and the very last shot finds a perfect balance of emotion without being overblown or tear-jerking) and the whole film deserves praise for being original and clever. However it stretches some scenes way too much, uses an awful bleached color scheme that could turn off some people (it's just a detail, but it annoyed me throughout the whole screening) and uses unnecessary flashbacks instead of sticking to a more tight storytelling, which could've benefited the movie in my humble opinion.

However, these little flaws are nothing compared to the enormous heart this movie displays. Jean Claude Van Damme may not be Daniel Day Lewis or Sean Penn, but he gives an astounding performance in this film. He's very comfortable in the comical scenes, but his acting chops really shine when the movie gets emotional. His long monologue, looking at the camera, and the audience (and perhaps even God) is nothing short of amazing. In his own words, he really begs for a second chance not only in his career, but in life. He's incredibly moving (acting in his native language helps a lot) and above all doesn't try to pretend he's something more than a washed up movie star, with a somewhat limited vocabulary. He just asks for one more chance, and judging by this flick he truly deserves it.

Overall, a nice surprise for those unfamiliar with "the Muscles from Brussels" and a refreshing comedy. Except a few complaints about the pace and the direction it's a highly recommended movie. And hopefully the beginning of a new career for JCVD.

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