Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
- 30-minute documentary
- Interviews with the cast & crew
- Rare footage of Legionnaires in combat
- Trivia Game
- The original screenplay(DVD-ROM)
Top Customer Reviews
Surprisingly, Van Damme is very good as Alain DuChamps, the boxer forced into the Legion. He is very believable in the role. The supporting cast for this movie stands out as above average compared to other Van Damme action movies. Nicholas Farrell is excellent as Macentosh, the ex-soldier with a weakness for gambling. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Alain's friend, Luther, a man fed up with his past and how he's been treated. He is excellent in the supporting role to Van Damme and Farrell. Also starring are Steven Berkoff and Jim Carter. This is an excellent movie with grand landscapes in the African landscape, well put together action scenes, and believable characters. This movie deserved better than its straight to video release. The DVD offers widescreen presentation, a theatrical trailer and teaser, rare photographs of the Foreign Legion in action, and several behind the scenes documentaries and interviews with the cast and crew. There is plenty here for Van Damme fans and also action fans. Check this movie out!
1. Who is he? A 1920s French boxer named Alain Lefevre, a womanizing champion boxer who refuses to take a dive, and has his eyes/history for a mobster's girlfriend
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? A long-time friend and boxing promoter gets 86'd after a crooked fight.
3. Does he take his shirt off? And pants in an all male shower, in a rare bare-butt scene for JCVD
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? No, but there is that shower...
5. Is there a tournament? No tournament at all, this is a different movie for Van Damme
6. Is training needed for this tournament? Aaaarmy training sir!
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? No splits are necessary when you have a rifle
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? Sadly, JCVD is breaking all of his movie rules in this one.
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? Unbelievably, he doesn't kick at all. I guess being a boxer makes kicking forbidden.
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? A bunch of Berber warriors on horses are hardly worthy of JCVD's awe-inspiring will to win.
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance? Throughout this movie there is more than one person who poses a roadblock for JCVD. The love of his life is lost to him early on. While in the French Foreign Legion he has to team up with a squirrelly Frenchman named Rosetti who can't march more than a day without falling out, a surly black American who breaks every rule, and a posh Brit with a drinking problem who was dishonorably discharged from the British military.
12. Does he win? This might be the first movie since No Retreat No Surrender in which JCVD is not the unequivocal winner and hero of the movie.Read more ›
Okay, enough gripes about how inaccurate tv listings can be - what did I think about the movie in question. It's actually okay as far as Jean Claude VanDamme movies go, except he really doesn't do much in the way of martial arts as he has in previous films. Instead he relies more on a rifle to shoot charging North African tribesmen or fists to straighten out fellow Foreign Legionnaire's who get their kicks out of bullying their weaker colleagues.
Jean Claude plays a boxer who, after reneging on a promise to throw a fight, escapes into the French Foreign Legion to flee the clutches of a murderous mobster. There he is flung headfirst into the North Africa war between the local nomadic tribesmen and the occupying French forces.
What was really a treat was the presence of Steven Berkoff. It's been awhile since I have seen him in a movie. He was a very high profile in the early to mid 1980s in movies such as `Beverly Hills Cop,' `Octopussy' and `Rambo: First Blood Part II' but then seemed to disappear from view. Here he plays the Foreign Legion commander who must lick the raw recruits into shape - and he dominates every scene in which he appears.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was as expected but an Amazon Prime it showed a picture of two different movies. I thought I was getting a deal, but apparently not.Published 3 months ago by Rick
This is one of the better Van Damme movies. I liked it. The reason for my 1 star review is because this is NOT a wide-screen presentation of the film (2. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GrnXnham
Jean-Claude- Van Damme,hits it home as always!! It's about a french war foreign legion.He fights all kinds of Arab's.And other bad men.It's in the desert fighting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teddy Towe
I'm a fan. I have seen many of JCVD's movies and this one has a better story line than others.Published 7 months ago by Eleni Tsakonas
... jcvd ... revealing a interesting appeal to historic topics ... good for him trying other genre films ... He defenitely loved the big screen ... a much underrated project .... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > 4-for-3 DVD
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Military & War
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Mystery & Thrillers
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Lionsgate Home Entertainment > All Lionsgate Titles