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Lionheart (1991)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Harrison Page , Sheldon Lettich  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, Ashley Johnson
  • Directors: Sheldon Lettich
  • Writers: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich
  • Producers: Ash R. Shah, Eric Karson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • 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: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Imperial Entertainment Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783228465
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lionheart" on IMDb

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Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a soldier drawn into the world of modern-day gladiators fighting for the amusement of the rich in this fast-moving action thriller. Upon receiving news that his brother in Los Angeles is seriously injured, Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) deserts the French Foreign Legion from a remote outpost in North Africa. Fleeing from two of the Legion's security force who have orders to bring him back at any cost, Lyon reluctantly turns to the illegal, bare-knuckles underground fighting circuit to raise the money he needs to help his brother's family. This riveting action-adventure combines the raw power and charisma of Van Damme with the exciting world of no-holds-barred street fighting.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloodsport, IN A POOL! June 27, 2008
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1. Who is he? Lyon Gaultier, a disgruntled, often disciplined French Legionnaire stationed in Africa
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? His brother François, who gets torched to a crisp after reneging on a drug deal
3. Does he take his shirt off? As a stowaway on a ship to America, Lyon is forced to shovel coal into the boilers of the boiler room. And, whew!, does it ever get hot down there!
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? No, despite the fact that a rich, psychopathic, sadistic blonde fight organizer named Cynthia basically threw herself at him
5. Is there a tournament? More or less, only, winners advance to bigger and more lucrative matches with each victory
6. Is training needed for this tournament? Not specifically. His military training and hard labor already prepared him for battle.
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? Sadly, unless mid-air splits count, the answer is no.
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? With a well-placed single shot in his initial organized bare-knuckle fight, Lyon destroys the reproductive future for a guy who looks like the biker from the Village People.
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? The question isn't "does he", it should be "where does he". The answer: In a racquetball court, under a bridge, in a nearly empty swimming pool, and a small arena with stands.
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? Atilla basically looks like the guy one-step-to-the-left on the Evolutionary chart. Additionally, he has saxophone-sized mutton-chop sideburns, which is scary in and of itself.
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly crosses over to drama! November 11, 2002
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Let me start by saying that I don't go for action-adventure movies. I was reluctantly dragged to this one by my boyfriend yet came away singing its praises. Wow!!! Most AA movies are mere vehicles to showcase the star's martial-arts prowess; this movie does much, much more. It crosses over into the mainstream and has a plot which is much more riveting than the so-called blockbusters Hollywood churns out. The characters are believable and rouse genuine emotions. To wit: Jean Claude's tears when he is informed of his brother's death. How could that not melt your heart? And the genuine and desperate need of his sister-in-law and little niece -- who can't empathize with that?
This is the only AA movie that would score huge points with feminists because unlike every other movie in its genre, LIONHEART is very female-dominated. The genuinely powerful people are not Jean Claude or any of his competitors, even the Goliath he ultmately battles. They are the niece and the sister-in-law, and, of course, the lady he works for in the fighting world. These are the people who call all the shots and control every aspect of this movie.
The score is wonderful, too, especially the piece that is played while Jean Claude covertly watches his sister-in-law and niece walk to school one morning.
Because this movie crosses over so brilliantly, I think it could very accurately be categorized as a drama. The ending is a complete tearjerker!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Whether you're a Van Damme fan or have never heard of him, you'll appreciate this movie. As always, there's plenty of kickbutt action but it also has lots of heart and a good story-line. Van Damme usually plays good guys (with the occasional evil twin), helping friends and family out of tough situations. The same goes for this film. He sacrifices his body through underground fights to financially and anonymously help his widowed sister-n-law and nephew. Great fighting scenes. Funny sidekick. Good acting, by all characters, pulls you into the story. Bottom Line: Golden Oldie that will win you over!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIS BEST October 15, 2002
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This is the first movie I felt Van Damme really acted in. You know the plot from the other reviews but, his acting ability really came out here. I actually felt he didnt want to keep fighting but he had to for his niece and sister-in-law.Punch after bloody punch came in the climactic fight scene, where a giant of a man beats him down without mercy. Then he realizes he has to do it. He rises up on sheer willpower and gives his all for freedom! VAN-DAMME... VAN-DAMME, VAN-DAMME!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Movie! June 10, 2000
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This movie has a little bit of everything. One of the better Van Damme movies that I have seen.When he deserts the Foriegn Legion and hits the streets this movie never loses pace. His career as a professional street fighter is very entertaining. Van Damme fights every kind of villain you can imagine. The final battle when he fights a true killer is very exciting. This is Van Damme at his best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars where's the letterboxed edition August 1, 2006
5 stars for the movie but only one star for the company releasing it. Much like "timecop" another terrific Van Damme movie, there's no letterboxed edition. Why do they do this to us? The horror...the horror...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lionheart: About Duty & Responsibility Too July 15, 2002
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Most films starring Jean-Claude Van Damme are nothing more than vehicles for showing off his considerable fighting skills. Prior to LIONHEART, JCVD rarely had to act. He fought a lesser series of bad guys on the way to a final confrontation with a very intimidating fighter. Now this also sounds like a plot summary of LIONHEART, but in addition to the kicks and punches, the film also delves into some serious issues of duty versus responsibility and the meaning of friendship.
JCVD plays a Legionnaire whose brother in the US is ill, so he requests permission for emergency leave. His request is turned down on the rightful claim of his commandant that his presence in Africa was needed for Legionnaire business. At this point, VD must decide which is of greater import: his duty to his brother or to his country. He chooses to go AWOL to find his brother. This choice could not have been an easy one since his decision to leave the base would necessarily entail his being labeled a deserter. Two Legionnaire NCOs are sent to bring him back in chains. While in America, he discovers that his brother is dead and has left behind a destitute wife and child. VD determines to win money to provide for them by engaging in brutal cage fights. Along the way he picks up the services of a wino manager, oily played by Harrison Page. Slowly the two men, the fighter and the manager, lay the grounds for a binding friendship, which is tested by the manager's decision to bet on the fearsome and final opponent. When VD finds out that his manager sold him out, you can see that the pain in his heart outweighs the more obvious pain of his bruised ribs. When he somehow defeats this monster fighter, the scene in which his manager first congratulates then apologizes to him is both touching and convincing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars one of his better films.
In my opinion one of his better movies.There's scenes that will make you cheer and cry also.A must see,with tissues.
Published 1 month ago by drs1964
5.0 out of 5 stars Van-tastic...
This film is a guilty pleasure (a very guilty one). If you are able to watch it through the eyes of a child, then you will be blissfully unaware of its flaws: hammy acting, cheesy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonemonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!!!
It's an awesome all time favorite movie! Lionhearted kicks butt! Van Damme is an awesome actor and has just the persona to do a movie like this!!
Published 2 months ago by Absolutely breathtaking.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favs
this is one of my favorite movies and im glad I bought. still have a couple van-damne movies to get to complete my big set but close. Read more
Published 3 months ago by david (yo yo)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Awesome Van Damme movie. He had some great hits which I watch often. I'll sometimes put his movies on when cleaning or doing chores, but then I get side tracked and end up sitting... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gabriel Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Van Dam!
This movie is a must have for any van dam fan. One of his best for sure..The fight scenes are great.
Published 8 months ago by H. Sharrott
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I loved LIONHEART
The movie was very touching and was somewhat so surreal. I love Jean-Claude Van Damme. He is one of my favorite martial artists. Great physique and great personality!
Published 11 months ago by Evangelist Fayeola Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme fans would be pleased
This movie contains lots of great stunt work including Van Damme. The martial arts fighting is great and should please fans. Overall this movie is good.
Published 11 months ago by mg3
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Claude
Awesome!!! Big fan of Van Damme and this is a great place to find some of his movies I don't have yet... Fast shipment and great quality...
Published 11 months ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
I purchased this for my brother's birthday, fathers day, or Christmas present. Since I order all theses DVD early in the year I received it in plenty of time and in excellent... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dawn
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