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Lionheart (1990)

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An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.


Sheldon Lettich


S.N. Warren (earlier screenplay), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Lyon
Harrison Page ... Joshua
Deborah Rennard ... Cynthia
Lisa Pelikan ... Helene
Ashley Johnson ... Nicole Gaultier
Brian Thompson ... Russell
Vojislav Govedarica Vojislav Govedarica ... Sgt. Hartog (as Voyo Goric)
Michel Qissi ... Moustafa
George McDaniel ... Adjutant
Eric Karson Eric Karson ... Doctor
Ash Adams ... Francois (as Jason Adams)
William T. Amos ... Drug Dealer
Roz Bosley Roz Bosley ... Nurse
Dennis Rucker Dennis Rucker ... Irish Legionnaire (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
Billy Blanks ... African Legionnaire


Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Honour or revenge, he has no choice... See more »


Action | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphically violent fight scenes and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Olivier Gruner earned his credit by supplying background research regarding the French Foreign Legion to the filmmakers. See more »


When Lyon and Joshua are walking in New York City there is seen a sign for Carl's Jr., a western burger chain with no locations on the east coast. See more »


Joshua: My man just kick five asses, do you want yours to be the sixth ?
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Alternate Versions

Australian releases rated M are edited for violence. See more »


References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


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User Reviews

One Of Van Damme's Best Movies
23 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I know this movie as "A.W.O.L Absent Without Leave" but I have also seen it called Wrong Bet and Lionheart. This was one of the first movies I saw in 1990 knowing who Jean Claude Van Damme was, after previously seeing "Blood Sport" and "Kickboxer". Along with those two this helped set him on the road to stardom. Watching it today, I still think it is one of his best performances and best movies in general. Sure it's cheaply made and some of the acting is a bit dodgy but it's a lot of fun.

Plot In A Paragraph: Leon Gaultier is a deserter from the Foreign Legion arriving in New York . He finds his brother at death's door in L.A and his sister-in-law without the money needed to pay for medical care for her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous under ground fights.

Whilst Van Damme is the star, Harrison Page steals the show as his friend/manager Joshua, I think he is fantastic. Having previously starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone, Brian Thompson stars opposite the new action star in the block (at the time) Deborah Rennard does a fine job as Cynthia.

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English | Serbian

Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.W.O.L. See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,094,552, 13 January 1991

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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