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In Hell (2003)

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A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Kyle LeBlanc
Lawrence Taylor ... 451
Lloyd Battista ... General Hruschov
Carlos Gómez ... Tolik
Manol Manolov Manol Manolov ... Ivan (as Emanuil Manolov)
Chris Moir ... Billy
Billy Rieck Billy Rieck ... Coolhand
Kaloian Vodenicharov ... Dima (as Kaloyan Vodenicharov)
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Malakai (as Malakai Davidson)
Veselin Kalanovski Veselin Kalanovski ... Sasha
Ivo Tonchev Ivo Tonchev ... Marko
Juan Fernández ... Shubka
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ... Andrei
Milos Milicevic Milos Milicevic ... Boo
Michael Bailey Smith ... Valya
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Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that he's too late. The man who killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence. So Kyle takes the law into his own hands, and kills the man to avenge his wife's death. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Russian prison he is sent to is tough, and the warden amuses himself by putting on fights where he fills his pockets with money by betting on the fights. Kyle begins to break and go crazy, so he is forced into these fights because the warden knows he is a sure thing. Kyle's cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fights for. With that, Kyle knows now he must fight another battle: the fight for inner peace. It is the only way he can become the man he once was. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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Rage unleashed.

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Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Security Housing Unit See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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1.85 : 1
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Van Damme does not use his martial arts in this movie. See more »

Quotes

451: Unity of people can bring down any establishment. Their power was gone.
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Referenced in A Tale of Two Titans (2004) See more »

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Oh Moon High Up In The Deep Sky
from Rusalka ("The Water Sprite, Jezibaba")
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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A new kind of Van Damme!
24 April 2004 | by beckotis67See all my reviews

In Hell, you will find a different Jean-Claude Van Damme. Absent are the overused splits, jump kicks off walls, flips, and his infamous, head-snapping, ballet-like 360* degree jumping spin kicks (I still like them). Instead you find him just using ordinary street fighting techniques, wrestling and getting slammed around half the time. Everyone knows the old saying that a person is the sum of his or her experiences. Well, Van Damme proves it. Kyle LeBlanc (Van Damme)is an American resident alien worker at a Russian engineering plant who plans a vacation with his wife. Tragically, things come crashing down that same evening when his wife is brutally murdered. After the trial results in the killer's acquittal, Kyle, in a fit of rage, guns him down and the guard (by accident). The Russian court unjustly finds him guilty and sentences him to life imprisonment. This is one example of how often too many times politics is thrown into the legal system, American or Russian. Once Kyle sets foot in Kravai (the most notoriously brutal and corrupt prison in Russia), he instantly bears witness to man's inhumanity toward's his fellow man. After being accosted by both violent inmates and sadistic guards, Van Damme slowly turns into a savage monster. The evil warden and his cohorts notices that and forces him to participate in an illegal fighting program. Van Damme not only has to fight for his life, but to also retain his humanity and sanity. I think for a DTV movie Van Damme proved he could be a great actor. He did not play the one-dimensional shallow superhero. In Hell shows us how cruelty can build and at the same time undo a man physically, mentally and spiritually. Here is man who just about reaches the end of his rope, yet he has something to fight for: the memory of his wife still shines on him, in the form of a moth. NFL great Lawrence Taylor does a great job as 451, giving the film the philosophical context. Taylor's 451 reminds me of an ancient proverb: those that harm can teach. While 451 was outwardly a remorseless psychopath, he had in fact held on to what humanity he had left (you will find out how 451 ended in Kravai later). While In Hell is not a silver screen film, it still a great film.


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