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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 ... See full summary »

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Peter MacDonald

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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 ... 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 discover his whereabouts and enrolls two hitmen 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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From The Producer Of The Crow And The Director Of Rambo III See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for battle violence | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

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 »

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Lefevre is photographed for the machine gun demonstration against his will, thus leading to his discovery. One of the few guarantees afforded legionnaires is anonymity, and it is specifically forbidden for a legionnaire to be photographed without explicit permission. See more »

Quotes

Abd El-Krim: For centuries my people have roamed across this land. It has always been our home. In our culture, a man who has courage is valued above all. For this reason, I will allow you to live. Take a message back to your leaders: this is what awaits them, if they continue invading our country!
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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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A solid and surprising resonant adventure outing for Van Damme.
3 December 1998 | by austin-18See all my reviews

Jean-Claude Van Damme can hold his head high with Legionnaire.

Directed by Peter MacDonald (Rambo III), Legionnaire is a slick, well-mounted production that, amid the action and beautifully arid locations, deals with matters close to Van Damme's heart - friendship, loyalty, sacrifice.

The script, by Sheldon Lettich and Rebecca Morrison (story by Lettich and Van Damme), is notable for the anguish it puts its hero through, and for avoiding the more conventional storyline it initially appears to be setting up. Instead, the film concludes on a more resonant note.

The most rewarding aspect of the film is probably the friendship Van Damme's character forms with three other Legionnaires. There are some terrific performances here, and it's obvious that MacDonald is as comfortable with his actors as he is with handling the battle sequences (the final battle is particularly bravura stuff). What a pleasure it also is to see Steven Berkoff back in a big Panavision production!

Composer John Altman's sweeping theme and heavy percussion in the opening credits really gets the anticipation going for Legionnaire. And, I'm pleased to say, the film pulls through.


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