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The Quest (1996)

Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing,... See full summary »

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Frank Dux (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Christopher Dubois
Roger Moore ... Lord Edgar Dobbs
James Remar ... Maxie Devine
Janet Gunn ... Carrie Newton
Jack McGee ... Harry Smythe
Aki Aleong ... Khao
Abdel Qissi ... Khan (Mongolian Fighter)
Louis Mandylor ... Riggi
Chang Ching Peng Chaplin Chang Ching Peng Chaplin ... Master Tchi
Ryan Cutrona ... Officer O'Keefe
Shane Meier ... Red
Matt Lyon Matt Lyon ... Billy
Jen Sung ... Phang (Siamese Fighter) (as Jen Sung Outerbridge)
Peter Wong Peter Wong ... Chinese Fighter
Kitao Koji ... Sumo Wrestler
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Storyline

Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris' journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle... Written by Tim Kroll <tkroll@chs.cusd.cusd.claremont.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and martial arts fights | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kalandor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,029,120, 26 April 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,400,547
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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Claude Van Damme's final fight against Kahn (Abdel Qissi) is the second time he's fought the same actor in the final fight in two unrelated movies. The first time was the movie Lionheart (1990). The other actor he fought twice in a final fight was Bolo Yeung. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1920s and the tournament is represented by fighters from different sovereign nations around the world. One of the first fights announced is "Okinawa vs. Japan", but Okinawa had been part of Japan since 1879, over 50 years before the tournament. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: [after being amazed of the Old Man's ability to fight] Where did you learn how to fight like that?
Christopher Dubois: It was long ago.
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC waived all previous cuts made to the film, and passed the widescreen version of the film as an uncut '18' on the 1st July 2002. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les amants criminels (1999) See more »

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Raggedy Rag
Written and Performed by Sourcerer
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Passable martial arts flick
14 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Quest is an odd mix of martial arts and epic adventure. Its running time is too short for it to be deemed a true epic, but the panoramic worldwide locations hint that Van Damme was trying to give it the flavour of an epic.

It's a painfully simplistic story. Young American pickpocket Chris (Van Damme) has to flee from New York in the 1920s after a botched robbery. He ends up on a pirate ship headed for the Orient. Soon, he is rescued by another ship (another pirate vessel, this time captained by gentleman buccaneer Roger Moore). Moore drops him off on a Thai island where young men are trained as fighters, and before long young Chris is a very handy fighter indeed, with aspirations to win an ancient golden dragon in a fighting competition. The final third of the film is comprised entirely of fight sequences in which competitors from various nations combat each other in an effort to take the ultimate prize.

The film marked Van Damme's directorial debut, and he gives it a lovely sense of scale and period but can't wring much out of the thin and obvious story. The backdrops pictured in the film are beautiful. Some of the martial arts moments are well choreographed. Roger Moore gives a surprisingly thoughtful and moving performance. Beyond that, it's very childish and simple-minded and doesn't contain enough memorable moments to be anything other than a passable time filler.


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