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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.

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Sheldon Lettich

Writers:

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

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
Voyo Goric Voyo Goric ... Sgt. Hartog
Michel Qissi ... Moustafa
George McDaniel ... Adjutant
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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Too tough to die. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Serbian

Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.W.O.L. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,078,196
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed after Death Warrant (1990) despite being being released prior. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight scene, the position of the white lines on the floor changes. This is especially evident at the beginning of the fight. See more »

Quotes

Joshua: Jiiiive turkey.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian version rated M and titled 'Wrong Bet' is edited for violence, but contains other scenes not shown in the version titled 'Lionheart'. Some edited scenes in 'Wrong Bet' are: When Lyon's brother gets set on fire (whole scene edited), the scene where Lyon escapes from the Legion, the bit where Lyon stabs the guy in the hand is edited, exchanged looks with Lyon and Atila with bloody faces at the end of the match when Lyon is about to punch him is edited on 'Wrong Bet' also. There are more scenes edited as well. Some extra scenes in 'Wrong Bet' include a scene where Lyon comes out of the water after jumping out of the boat, a scene where Cynthia swears at Lyon and demands him to get out of her room when Lyon wants to setup an account. The most interesting scene shown in 'Wrong Bet' is an alternate take in the hospital when Lyon finds out his brother dies. In 'Lionheart', when Lyon asks the doctor if they have found the killers, the doctor says yes. In 'Wrong Bet', the doctor says no, and they may never find out who the killers were. It's possible that 'A.W.O.L', released in UK, is the same as 'Wrong Bet'. See more »

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Referenced in Sense8: Who Am I? (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE
Written by Christian Nesmith, David Chuchian and Tony Tasis
Produced by Tim Bomba
Performed by Off
Published by Baba Sarah Music (BMI)/Bombadier Music (BMI)
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One of Van Damme's better, more human films.....
16 September 2004 | by lotus_chiefSee all my reviews

This is one of the few films by Van Damme that stand out in my mind when I think of his 'career highlights'. All of his films are formulaic actioners, but Lionheart is one of his better films. His character is more layered here, which makes this more of a drama than most of his others. We as the audience can feel for his character and, as a result, root for him as he tries to evade his past and help what family he has left. A nice little action film, with Van Damme forced to act a little here. For his capabilities, he is convincing as Lyon. Harrison Page is very good in the film as the ex-street fighter turned confidant, and almost steals the show. A highlight of Van Damme's career.

*** out of **** stars.


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