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The Shepherd (2008)

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A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Jack Robideaux
Stephen Lord ... Benjamin Meyers
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ... Capt. Ramona Garcia
Gary McDonald ... Billy Pawnell
Daniel Perrone Daniel Perrone ... Felix Nestor
Scott Adkins ... Karp
Andrée Bernard ... Lexxi
Dan Davies Dan Davies ... Emile
Miles Anderson ... Arthur Pennigton
Luis Algar Luis Algar ... Benito Ortiz
Todd Jensen ... Wray
Ivaylo Geraskov Ivaylo Geraskov ... Gallery
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... The Contact
Phil McKee ... Jed
Bogdan Plakov Bogdan Plakov ... Turgell


A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shepherd: Border Patrol See more »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Adkins who co-stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme in this movie was recently the star of a sequel to Hard Target which originally starred Van Damme and was John Woo's first American movie. See more »


When the American police cars are hit by the drug running bus as it returns to the border, a police car is flipped, its bonnet ( hood) flies up - and there is clearly no engine. See more »


Jed: That's quite a bunny you have there.
[Jack ignores him]
Jed: Now, that's not very nice. Ignoring me when I'm talking to you, especially since you've already shown what a gentleman you are.
Lexxi: Jed.
Jed: Shut up, Lexxi! I think Lexxi likes you. And that means I don't.
Jack Robideaux: I'm just trying to have a meal.
Jed: And I'm trying to figure where the hell do you get off making me look bad with my girl!
Jack Robideaux: [to Lexxi] Check, please.
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Run for the Damme border!
4 March 2009 | by ericthered01See all my reviews

This is the best direct-to-DVD effort from Van Damme that I have seen yet. Van Damme plays a border patrol agent who is out to stop heroin smugglers trying to cross into the United States. The action in this movie is great and the fight scenes rank with Van Damme's best. Costar Scott Adkins shows why he should be the next big star in the martial arts genre. For further evidence check out "Undisputed 2". Adkins is so good in fact that before I watched "The Shepherd", I thought that Van Damme might not look very believable in defeating him on screen. Van Damme holds his own though and although he isn't quite as athletic as Adkins is, he can still kick with the best of them. All of the fight scenes in this film are very well done and the gun battles are above average for this type of film as well. The only negative thing I can say about this movie is that the story is a little underdeveloped. I think Van Damme's character's motives should have been presented earlier in the movie, especially in regard to why he carries around a rabbit. The reason he does is very cool but you don't find out until the very end. There are a couple of other things that are never really explained either but this is a Van Damme movie so you know where the priority lies in making this kind of movie and it ain't character development. Overall though, this is a solid action movie that I recommend. So run for the Damme border!

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