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Lionheart (1990)

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An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.

Director:

Sheldon Lettich

Writers:

S.N. Warren (earlier screenplay), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Lyon
Harrison Page ... Joshua
Deborah Rennard ... Cynthia
Lisa Pelikan ... Helene
Ashley Johnson ... Nicole Gaultier
Brian Thompson ... Russell
Voyo Goric Voyo Goric ... Sgt. Hartog
Michel Qissi ... Moustafa
George McDaniel ... Adjutant
Eric Karson ... Doctor
Ash Adams ... Francois (as Jason Adams)
William T. Amos ... Drug Dealer
Roz Bosley Roz Bosley ... Nurse
Dennis Rucker Dennis Rucker ... Irish Legionnaire (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
Billy Blanks ... African Legionnaire
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Storyline

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Honour or revenge, he has no choice... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphically violent fight scenes and for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Serbian

Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.W.O.L. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,094,552, 13 January 1991

Gross USA:

$24,078,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,271,196
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was released under one of five titles, depending on the country it was released in. It was released under the names 'Lionheart', 'Full Contact', 'A.W.O.L Absent Without Leave', 'Wrong Bet,' and 'Leon '. The film was independently funded and so was sold to various distributors throughout the world. It is therefore assumed they just picked the title that had the most impact in their respective territories. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight scene, the position of the white lines on the floor changes. This is especially evident at the beginning of the fight. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Hartog: You know why we're here. Don't force us to get rough in front of little girl.
Lyon: Without me, they'll be on the street!
Sgt. Hartog: Tell your sad stories to the court martial. We're just supposed to take you back... any way we can.
Lyon: Just give me one week to get the money for them. One week.
Sgt. Hartog: Your time was up in the desert, and we still owe you for that one. Fucker!
Lyon: Go to hell.
[turns and runs]
Sgt. Hartog: I show you hell!
[fight ensues]
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Alternate Versions

The Australian version rated M and titled 'Wrong Bet' is edited for violence, but contains other scenes not shown in the version titled 'Lionheart'. Some edited scenes in 'Wrong Bet' are: When Lyon's brother gets set on fire (whole scene edited), the scene where Lyon escapes from the Legion, the bit where Lyon stabs the guy in the hand is edited, exchanged looks with Lyon and Atila with bloody faces at the end of the match when Lyon is about to punch him is edited on 'Wrong Bet' also. There are more scenes edited as well. Some extra scenes in 'Wrong Bet' include a scene where Lyon comes out of the water after jumping out of the boat, a scene where Cynthia swears at Lyon and demands him to get out of her room when Lyon wants to setup an account. The most interesting scene shown in 'Wrong Bet' is an alternate take in the hospital when Lyon finds out his brother dies. In 'Lionheart', when Lyon asks the doctor if they have found the killers, the doctor says yes. In 'Wrong Bet', the doctor says no, and they may never find out who the killers were. It's possible that 'A.W.O.L', released in UK, is the same as 'Wrong Bet'. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Dodge City Blues
Written by Christian Nesmith, David Chuchian and Tony Tasis
Produced by Tim Bomba
Performed by Off
Published by Baba Sarah Music (BMI)/Bombadier Music (BMI)
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User Reviews

It made me cry
11 July 2004 | by kutuplarSee all my reviews

Well, I wasn't expecting such a dramatic movie, but this one really

made me cry, especially at the ending scene. The movie begins in

Djibouti, where a legionary camp is placed. The casting is wisely done.

Especially the guys which were following Lion in US. Deborah Rennard is

very cool. I think she deserved better in Hollywood. Harrison Page

perfectly fits in his role. And Van Damme... Maybe he should have made

more drama movies, he proved he is good at it. You should have this on, if you are a fan of Van Damme, I think it is his best movie, even better than Bloodsport. Well we're expecting more drama movies from Van Damme.


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