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Desert Heat (1999)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Pat Morita , John G. Avildsen  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Larry Drake
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Tom O'Rourke
  • Producers: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bennett R. Specter, Evzen Kolar, Jay Sedrish, Joseph Merhi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305551235
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desert Heat" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Van Damme Featurette

Editorial Reviews

International star and martial arts master Jean-Claude Van Damme kicks into high gear in DESERT HEAT, a scorching, high-intensity action-thriller. Desperate to flee the inner demons raging inside him, mysterious loner Eddie Lomax (Van Damme) rides to the last outpost of an abandoned desert highway,prepared to end it all. But when a savage gang steals his prized cycle and leaves him for dead, Eddie's life is saved by a soulmate from his past. Burning with a new reason to live, Eddie sets off ona one-man search and destroy mission against his attackers. Fueled by Van Damme's powerful, take-no-prisoners performance, DESERT HEAT is an explosively sexy and sensational adventure from first blast to last.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is one of those Van damme movies where u either hate or u love it...In my case i happen to love it. After riding through the desert....van damme is shot and left to die by some washed up rednecks.. Van damme wakes up and finds his motorcycle stolen!!! Van Damme of course gets a tad angry and goes on a rampage to find his motorcycle....there are motorcycle chases, fighting, rednecks, and whole alot of alcohol...There are also some special apearances like Jamie Presely, and Mr. Miagi from the Karate Kid..Great movie....u might wanna rent it first...unless ur a harcore van damme fan like me....just buy the movie and take my word for it..!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme Like Never Before April 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
With regular Jean-Claude Van Damme movies I expect a movie with no plot and pointless action, but Desert Heat was a hysterical action packed adventure of suicidal loner Eddie Lomax (Van Damme) on persuit to reclaim his motorcycle from a gang of vicious outbackers. Meeting along the way unforgetable characters and of course killing those who got in his way. Van Damme actually does some good acting in this movie with punch lines that kept me laughing the whole time (ex."can't we all just get along") Those who expect regular Van Damme martial arts to used in this movie will be surprised because Van Damme uses character development and revenge as more of an approch to the key eliment in this movie (except for the end). I loved Desert Heat and recommend it to those who like funny action movies that are very entertaining!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a 180 degree turn from the usual jean claude movie October 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie starts of very slowly and some what confusing. But the second half of the movie is great. It's like a client eastwood western but with a motorcycle instead of a horses. i don't want to spoil the movie but it about a man eddie(jean-claude) wants to take the journey(death). but wants to get his war friends permission so they can both take the journey. Eddie is giving his friend a gift and it gets stolen, along with his 45m. Then gets back these items along with bringing joy to the town in an unusual way. this movie is a great movie with odd ball characters and i do mean odd ball characters. its a mix between a western, boogie nights, and a jean claude film. all these add up to a great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trash-funny action movie July 22, 2005
By Akela
Format:DVD
I never stop being amused by some audience demands for great (o'k, good) acting from Van Damme. It sounds like entering BurgerKing and asking for a rack of lamb (and being dissapointed that they do not serve it). For me this movie is attractive enough not so much because of VD character and action (though he is surprisingly funny too) but mostly for the surrounding hilarious characters. Just the elderly Japanese gentleman who gleefully giggles packing yet another body (provided by VD's hero) into cellophane and dumping it into a ravine, would have been enough to enjoy the movie but there are others as well, equally hilarious. I believe it would be the best to approach that movie not as a serious action flick, but rather as a black trash comedy - that everything falls into its proper place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme fans only... December 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I struggle with this movie. I'm a die-hard fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme, so part of me really likes this movie. But the other part knows that this is a very subpar direct-to-video with a slow script, uninteresting characters, and horrendously bad acting (save for JCVD himself). Having said this, I can honestly reccomend it to fans of Van Damme. They will certainly have a good time watching the muscles from Brussles kick the tar out of some low-life hicks while drinking with his Indian buddy and pickin' up chicks. If this appeals to you, there shouldn't be any reason why you wouldn't like "Desert Heat." If even one of this doesn't sound good, stay far away.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damme good movie. June 11, 2002
Format:DVD
Based on the 1962 Samurai film, Yojimbo, Desert Heat captures the story well in a modern, desert setting starring none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme. Eddie Lomax{Van Damme} tries to escape the horrors he faced in the war, in the form of nightmares, by riding out into the desert to end his life and is also trying to deliver a gift to an old war buddy who he saved in the war. The action heats up when his gift is stolen and thus frees a small town from two rival gangs using war games and acting like a one man army. Even near the end a character asks a person out to a movie called Yojimbo as kind of a humorous hint as to what the movie was based on. An action packed movie with comedy, a touch of romance, and a bit of Native American lore, Desert Heat is an awesome flick for any fan of action, comedy, and/or Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme is an Icon, Legend, and Genius June 5, 2002
By Timotee
Format:DVD
A suicidal man (Van Damme) rides through the desert searching for himself. A funny Indian man (Danny Trejo) helps Van Damme get revenge on the hillbillies that stole his motorcycle. While recovering, the funny Indian man compares Van Damme's genitals to the size of a coyote's. It was a hilarious moment. When Van Damme is fully recovered, he makes his way to town to get his bike back, but he runs into old people, prostitutes and Mr. Miyagi (yes, Daniel-san's master, pure genius). Of course this movie was made by a genius who also showed Van Damme's true acting and his taste for a good pie. Bless America for making this movie and bless you for watching it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme is an Icon May 3, 2002
By jason
Format:DVD
I now have respect for the icon that is Jean-Claude Van Damme. After miserable experiences in the past from watching his films, I have now pity for the man. He plays a suicidal man who rides through the desert searching for his soul and he actually acts! An Indian man helps him on his journey and he gets revenge on the men who stole his motorcycle. Finally, Van Damme has found a role that people can appreciate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not good
Published 1 month ago by Jon R
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF VAN DAMME'S BEST!!
Good acting, lots of action, some very funny parts, some romance, plausible setting with a great story. I've seen all of Van Damme's films. This is one of my favorites. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action & Hot Babe's
Hi, This Film has not been put out in a long time, its a really good film Van Dam at his best Kicking A-- and getting the babe in the end, he, he, he, film includes Pat Morita,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Enver Azize
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Van damme is to me a great actor. lots of action, fun to watch. back up actors did a good job to
Published 13 months ago by Dawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie, great price!
I first watched this movie a long time ago and loved it! and the motorcycle! haha great price, fast shipping, fun movie to watch here and there.
Published 15 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Heat
This is another great Van Damme movie. Set in the desert Van Damme's character goes to take a friend a gift and get his permission to kill himself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by wanda hardwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
Not what I expected at all. Unnecessarily bad language and poorly made movie. It was recommended to me by a friend but I did not like it at all.
Published 18 months ago by ddr1116
4.0 out of 5 stars He actually attempted acting in this
That alone to me is worth it. It was good to see JCVD trying to show some emotion and get the story across, instead of punching guys in the face and/or dick. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Rosemary43
1.0 out of 5 stars Purchace of Vidio - Desert Heat
I am ever so dissapointed as the CD I purchased does not work. I have searched for some time so see this film and now I can't - It is faulty
Published on December 23, 2011 by DavidH
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Van Damme flicks! A solid 4 stars.
Desert Heat(released Sept/99) is one of my favourite Van Damme films,not to be missed by his fans.Also known as Inferno,this film has everything going for it from drama to comedy... Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Robert Badgley
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