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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.

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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 ... 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

Writer-director Boaz Yakin helped Sheldon Lettich on the screenplay. 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

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 »

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Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
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Almost good
16 July 2011 | by RokurotaMakabeSee all my reviews

"Legionnaire" is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's more serious movies. Here, he tried to take a break from his usual action packed movies and appear in a picture that focused on story and character development. The result is a film that doesn't really work that well in the end, but it is definitely not that bad either.

The film relies more on drama than on action scenes and in spite of the fact that this represents a pleasant departure for Van Damme from his usual movies, this is also one of the film's main weaknesses. The movie doesn't know exactly what it wants to be. There were times when the film was a little too slow and some of the actors seemed a little uncomfortable in the scenes that demanded some acting abilities. On the other hand, the film makes good use of its setting (desert) and it has a good atmosphere. I also found the ending to be pretty good and thought that Van Damme did a decent job as an actor, an improvement from his previous roles.

In the end, "Legionnaire" is a nearly good movie, but I had the impression that they could have made it better. Also, if I were to compare it to Van Damme's other effort from 1998, "Knock Off", this is a lot better.

My rating: 5,5/10


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