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JCVD (2008)

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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director:

Mabrouk El Mechri

Writers:

Mabrouk El Mechri (scenario), Frédéric Benudis (in collaboration with) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... JCVD
Valérie Bodson Valérie Bodson ... Veuve Film Budapest
Hervé Sogne Hervé Sogne ... Lieutenant Smith
Rock Chen Rock Chen ... Réalisateur asiatique
Huifang Wang Huifang Wang ... Traductrice asiatique
John Flanders ... Avocat ex-Femme
Renata Kamara Renata Kamara ... Juge Tribunal Los Angeles
Mourade Zeguendi Mourade Zeguendi ... Client Vidéo club
Vincent Lecuyer ... Vendeur Vidéo Club
Jenny De Chez Jenny De Chez ... Taxiwoman JCVD
Patrick Steltzer Patrick Steltzer ... Policier 1
Bernard Eylenbosch Bernard Eylenbosch ... Technicien Telecom
François Damiens ... Bruges
Pascal Lefebvre Pascal Lefebvre ... Képi 2
Jacky Lambert Jacky Lambert ... Képi 3
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Storyline

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States. Written by Wismerhill & Redking

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The biggest fight of his life See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Belgium | Luxembourg | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ж.К.В.Д. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,119, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$470,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,342,211
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mabrouk El Mechri and Jean-Claude Van Damme had an agreement that the latter couldn't yell 'cut' to end a scene (as Van Damme has done on many of his other films). See more »

Goofs

Police chief Bruges tells Van Damme the decision to act was GIGN's move, not his. GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale - French SWAT) exists in France but not in Belgium where the movie story takes place. In Belgium, police's tactical unit is called ESI (Escadron Special d'Intervention). See more »

Quotes

JCVD: Once in the film "Hard Target", I took a shot from a blank. It took salts to reanimate me.
Arthur: "Hard Target"! John Woo! What an ass!
JCVD: Don't say that!
Arthur: C'mon, Jean-Claude, wait a sec!
[to the hostages, referring to Van Damme]
Arthur: He's the one who brought him to the US. Without him, he'd still be filming pigeons in Hong Kong!
[to Van Damme]
Arthur: And then what? He drops you!
JCVD: At least, he did "Face/Off".
Arthur: So what? He could've picked you!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The Gaumont logo has an animated Jean-Claude Van Damme appear in the logo and deliver roundhouse kicks to the boy and the sunflower. See more »

Connections

References À Nos Amours (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

None Of Us Are Free
(Barry Mann (as Mann) / Cynthia Weil (as Weil) / Brenda Russell (as Russell))
© Dyad Music / Geffen Music
Represented by Sony / ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Mabrouk El Mechri
(p) 2008 GAUMONT
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Spectacular
22 November 2008 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

There's some word combinations that you simply can't envisage together. "Jean-Claude Van Damme can act" is one of them. Yet, remarkable as it may seem, the Muscles from Brussels turns in a truly career turning performance in JCVD.

Directed and co-written by Mabrouk El Mechri, JCVD manages to capably straddle art house, action and comedy genres as it captivates the viewer by laying bare the soul of the star of such DVD fare as Bloodsport, Streetfighter, and Universal Soldier, to name only a few.

Largely based on his real life troubles, JCVD unfolds as Van Damme retreats to his native Belgium in the wake of a losing child custody battle in a Los Angeles court.

Mounting financial troubles have left our hero with over-maxed plastic and debit cards that no longer yield ATM withdrawals. Forced to tap into his savings reserves, he makes a pit stop at a post office/bank to arrange a money wire transfer to pay his lawyer, only to discover that the bank is in the process of being robbed and he's stuck in the midst of the drama.

To make matters worse, the manner in which things have unfolded has caused authorities and media alike to believe that Van Damme is the mastermind, orchestrating the heist and hostage taking to pay his legal bills.

Segmented into chapters and shown out of sequence, similar to Pulp Fiction, El Mechri manages to deftly juggle laughs and tension to deliver a film that uniquely straddles several genres, including breaking the "fourth wall" with an eight-minute long monologue in the film's third act that sees the muscle-bound Belgian recap, with painful tear-inducing pain, his life of cheesy movies, women and drugs.

Think of Dog Day Afternoon in which Pacino gets to speak to the audience and lay his soul bare and you've got an idea of what's in store with JCVD, which, if there's any justice, will do for Van Damme's career what Tarantino did for Travolta's. Especially now that we know JCVD can act.


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