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Maximum Risk (1996)

A cop/flic discovers that he had a twin who just got murdered in Nice, France. In order to find out who did it, he takes his place including the cute girlfriend in Little Odessa, NYC.


Ringo Lam


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Alain Moreau / Mikhail Suverov
Natasha Henstridge ... Alex
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Sebastien
Zach Grenier ... Ivan Dzasokhov
Paul Ben-Victor ... Agent Pellman
Frank Senger ... Agent Loomis
Stefanos Miltsakakis ... Red Face
Frank van Keeken Frank van Keeken ... Davis Hartley
David Hemblen ... Dmitri Kirov
Stéphane Audran ... Chantal Moreau
Dan Moran ... Yuri
Donald Burda ... Nicholas
Rob Kaman Rob Kaman ... Morris
Herb Lovelle ... Martin
Denis Costanzo Denis Costanzo ... Innkeeper


A policeman finds out that he had a twin brother who was killed in a violent altercation. He takes his twin brother's place, inheriting his problems and his girlfriend, determined to expose corruption and collusion between the FBI and the Russian mafia. Written by Anonymous

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The nearer he gets to the truth, the closer he gets to the edge. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodstone See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,611,707, 15 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,502,483, 20 October 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was Jean-Claude Van Damme's idea that Asian action director Ringo Lam direct this film, as his American directorial debut. See more »


When Alain is fighting with Red Face in the fire in the beginning, as he is striking his face, you can see Red Face's lips are bloodied. However just before his last strike, there is no blood on Red Face's lips. See more »


Mikhail Suverov: [Tape recording] Only you can access this box. Therefore, one of things has happened. We are together again as we should had been, a family. Or I'm dead and you shouldn't trust anyone. I know you are a great marksman. Therefore, I'm leaving you a gift. One of the boxes contains evidence against government agents and the Russian mob. Hand it over to the American embassy. Alain, when I found about you, it was luck. A newspaper. The moment I saw the picture, I knew I had a brother in this world. ...
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Van Damme Vs. the Russian Mafia - vintage Van Dammage's best action thriller my personal favorite
2 December 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

"Maximum Risk" is one of my personal favorite vintage Van Dammage's action thriller. I love this film to death, it is Van Damme Vs. the Russian Mafia and corrupt FBI agents. It is a decent action film from the 90's I saw. This was improvement over Street Fighter and The Quest. This was the first collaboration with Van Damme and Ringo Lam later they worked on direct-to-DVD "Replicant" and "In Hell". Jean-Claude Van Damme is joined by sexy and beautiful Natasha Henstridge (Species) in their most explosive roles yet.

Welcome to another movie review of my Van Damme Movie Marathon for December, the month of my birthday. 28th December is my birthday so I am making Van Damme movie reviews. I grew up watching this movie, I always loved this film, my mom bought me this movie on VHS tape before she past away. I was in 8th grade that time. I don't have the VHS tape anymore but I do have this movie on Blu-ray and watch it again I must say I agree with other reviews it is not just good it is one of Van Damme's best films from the 90's.

Jean-Claude Van Damme's solid acting performance plays a twins Mikhail Suverov and Alain Moreau in double role, separated at birth. Alain Moreau (Van Damme) is a French cop and an ex military sniper. He is investigating the life of his dead brother Mikhail Suverov trail leads him from beauty of the south of France to the mean streets of New York and in to arms of his brother's girlfriend (Henstridge). He is pursued by ruthless Russian mobsters and renegade FBI agents, the duo race against time to solve his brother's murder and exspose international conspiracy. Sparked by the erotic chemistry between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge, spectacular stunts and globe-hopping action.

I love the action sequence in this film, practical effect no CGI. The fights are real because Van Damme did his own fights stunts, that's how Van Damme fights not like was in Sudden Death in which he had stunt doubles for his fights. There was some stunt doubles in which Van Damme runs trough streets on New York dogging taxi cabs. Those were dangerous stunts Van Damme was in his best shape. This was Natasha Henstridge third role as Alex Bartlett in this movie and one of her best roles yet.

You have sex scene between Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme ) and Alex Bartlett (Natasha Henstridge) I like, like Natasha Henstridge a lot as an actress she is beautiful and sexy. You have Jean-Claude Van Damme using his spin kick on a Russian mobster standing on a car. Van Damme hungs him self upside down and shoots the assailant with a chain saw with a gun in the legs and the guy cut whole meat with a chain saw, shocking. Fights off Red Face (Stefanos Miltsakakis) which was a good villain.

This a really good decent action film Ringo Lam directed well he made a great job, great fight sequences, good car chases, shoutouts. This was the second film Van Damme played twins again. Good stunt work one of my favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme films. I love this film to death I love sexy Natasha Henstridge in this movie so much.

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