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Desert Heat (1999)

Inferno (original title)
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A man (JCVD) drives out in the desert where some men steal his motorcycle and leave him for dead. He survives and no longer thinks of suicide as he now has a purpose in life: revenge and getting his bike back.

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John G. Avildsen (as Danny Mulroon)

Writer:

Tom O'Rourke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Eddie Lomax
Pat Morita ... Jubal Early
Danny Trejo ... Johnny Sixtoes
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Rhonda Reynolds
Larry Drake ... Ramsey Hogan
Vincent Schiavelli ... Mr. Singh
David 'Shark' Fralick ... Matt Hogan
Silas Weir Mitchell ... Jesse Hogan
Jonathan Avildsen Jonathan Avildsen ... Petey Hogan
Jaime Pressly ... Dottie Matthews
Bill Erwin ... Eli Hamilton
Ford Rainey ... Pop Reynolds
Kevin West ... Vern
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Henry Howard
Robert Symonds ... Henry Howard
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Storyline

Eddie Lomax (Van Damme) is a vetern soldier sick of life, wandering the desert looking for a reason to die. An incident with a few thugs from the nearby town who steal Eddies motorbike and beat him almost to death, starts in Eddie a flame for revenge. Helped by Mr. Early, and some other good fellows, Eddie is out for vengeance. Written by Anonymous

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Left for dead. Burning for revenge.


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Rated R for violence, language, some drug use and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coyote Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sony Pictures Entertainment picked up the US rights to the film after its completion, and considered giving the pic a theatrical release through their TriStar Pictures arm, but after the box-office failure of Double Team, Knock Off and Universal Soldier: The Return (all Sony releases) they ultimately sent the film straight to DVD. See more »

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When Eddie's lying on the ground in the desert talking to Johnny, he inserts a clip into the .45 and cocks it. But when he stands up the clip is out and he inserts another one. See more »

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Eddie Lomax: Right hat... Wrong guy!
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Alternate Versions

German video retail version is cut by 3 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

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References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Rock of Ages
Written by Augustus Montague Toplady (uncredited)
Arranged by Stacy McAdams
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Take it or Leave It.
21 August 2001 | by refinedsugarSee all my reviews

It's no secret Van Damme has lost much of what clout he once held at the box office when he's now reserved to doing leads in straight-to-video action flicks. I guess the hindsight is you could say that about any of the other big action stars. It's been awhile since Arnold really pulled in the audiences and even longer for the likes of Stallone, Norris and even good 'ol Steven Seagal. So it wasn't the biggest surprise when Van Damme's latest Desert Heat went straight to video. The strangest thing is Desert Heat while it isn't made of gold is leaps and bounds ahead of Universal Soldier 2 that got a theatrical release and Van Damme is actually pretty good when he's relaxed and having fun with a few familiar faces in the supporting cast helping out.

This one finds Van Damme as a man at his emotional end. He believes he's got nothing to live for anymore and when we met up with him he's ready to commit suicide and end his life. What happens shortly after that is pretty basic, but fuels the rest of the story. A bunch of dirty people try to wax him and leave him for dead and he swears to make them pay in blood. Not entirely original. With more gunplay than there is kicks you have to decide if that's a good or bad thing for a Van Damme flick. It's a case of opinion and/or taste more than anything else. The atmosphere is light and everyone seems to be having fun. Which is great. This story couldn't have survived a single viewing if it took itself seriously.

I'm not recommending this outright, but I'm not saying stay away either. Love or hate Van Damme, this is a half-decent addition to his mixed slate of movies and if nothing else this movie contains one of the most unique sex scenes I've seen in an action movie in a really, really long while. It's both erotic and vaguely comical at the same time if you can believe that. You'll have to see the movie to know what I mean, but this all goes back to an earlier point. This movie never takes itself seriously for one moment and that's what in the end keeps the movie enjoyable rather than being a pain to watch.


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