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The Quest (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 April 1996 (USA)
A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.

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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

Christopher Dubois 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 trodden 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 ... 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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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, 28 April 1996

Gross USA:

$21,686,547

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Roger Moore's character introduces himself as "Dobbs. Lord Dobbs." A clear reference to his time as James Bond. See more »

Goofs

The fighter from Spain has the Albanian flag embodied in his belt. (The actor Pete Malota which plays the Spanish fighter is of Albanian origin.) See more »

Quotes

Christopher Dubois: Good morning, Champ.
Maxie Devine: Good morning, my ass. You think I was born yesterday? You don't have anything to do with this damn Ghan-Gheng do you? Huh? And you're not no valet either. You're nothing but a CHEAP-LYING PUNK!
Christopher Dubois: Take it easy.
Maxie Devine: Take it Easy? You're ain't no fighter either. You've wouldn't last One Round in a Real Fight. WHAT DO YA THINK OF THAT?
Christopher Dubois: [Pushes Maxie] HEY!
Maxie Devine: [Takes his coat off to fight with Chris] You want some? Come on! COME ON!
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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 »

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Referenced in Nærkontakt: Kabul, Oslo (2013) See more »

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Written and Produced by Elton Ahi (as Elton F. Ahi)
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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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