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Legionnaire (1998)

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Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.

Director:

Peter MacDonald

Writers:

Sheldon Lettich (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Alain Lefevre
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Luther
Steven Berkoff ... Sgt. Steinkampf
Nicholas Farrell ... Mackintosh
Jim Carter ... Lucien Galgani
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Katrina
Daniel Caltagirone ... Guido Rosetti
Joseph Long ... Maxim
Mario Kalli Mario Kalli ... René Galgano
Joe Montana Joe Montana ... Julot
Kim Rømer Kim Rømer ... Capt. Rousselot
Anders Peter Bro Anders Peter Bro ... Lt. Charlier
Paul Kynman ... Rolf Bruner
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ... Viktor
Takis Triggelis Takis Triggelis ... Cpl. Metz
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Storyline

Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti. The mobster discovers his whereabouts and enrolls two hit men to finish him off. With their fort under siege and enemies within, Lefevre finds that second chances are difficult to come by in the Legion. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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A fugitive from a killer. A remote outpost. A fight to the death. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for battle violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Légionnaire See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter MacDonald replaced Sheldon Lettich as director shortly before production commenced. See more »

Goofs

When they are attacked at the waterhole, Guido is suppose to fire at an incoming horseman. But when he takes aim, the rifle bolt is in the open position which makes it impossible to fire. Yet he manages to fire anyway, and in the next shot the bolt is in the locked position See more »

Quotes

Guido Rosetti: I don't want to fight you!
Rolf Bruner: Yeah? But I do.
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Connections

Version of March or Die (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Légionnaire
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Raymond Asso
Performed by Ute Lemper
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What? No kicking?
2 October 2003 | by nerph20See all my reviews

This has to be one of the oddest, yet best Van Damme films ever. It's not chop-socky martial arts kickboxing crud, and it isn't mindless sci-fi action... it's a war drama. And a surprisingly good one. Van Damme plays Alain, a boxer who is paid to take a dive, but who instead flees and joins the French Foreign Legion, where he learns about friendship, honor, and fighting to the last. Sound like a normal Van Damme movie? Far from it. Sheldon Lettich's script, while somewhat cliche, is very well put together. The acting is surprisingly top notch, with even Jean-Claude Van Damme himself turning in a good performance. What a shame this movie never made it to theaters. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys an exciting, epic war film. I give it 8/10.


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