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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.

Director:

Sheldon Lettich

Writers:

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

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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 »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

A.W.O.L. actually stands for Absent Without Official Leave. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Hartog: You know why we're here. Don't force us to get rough in front of little girl.
Lyon: Without me, they'll be on the street!
Sgt. Hartog: Tell your sad stories to the court martial. We're just supposed to take you back... any way we can.
Lyon: Just give me one week to get the money for them. One week.
Sgt. Hartog: Your time was up in the desert, and we still owe you for that one. Fucker!
Lyon: Go to hell.
[turns and runs]
Sgt. Hartog: I show you hell!
[fight ensues]
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Alternate Versions

The French R2 version called Full Contact is the true complete and uncut version, it has all these scenes intact and the Francois burning scene is actually longer by a few seconds. See more »

Connections

References Mad Max (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

FUERTES VIVEN
Words and Music by Gil Karson & Sal Rodriguez
Performed by Sal Rodriguez and Bertha E. Oropeza (as Bertha Oropeza)
Published by QLT & Karson West
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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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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:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,094,552, 13 January 1991

Gross USA:

$24,078,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,271,196
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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