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Plot: 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 ... Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 01 Mar 1990
The best of Van Damme, a cult classic underdog martial arts film ever made! (by ivo-cobra8)
Lionheart 1990 was a real street fighter movie, It was also one of my favorite best Van Damme childhood movies. Beside Hard Target, Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Bloodsport, Death Warrant, and Double Impact. This is in my opinion the best Van Damme movie since Bloodsport. I Love this movie to death, the movie, is sorta a spin off of Rocky, but it is completely different from that. This film has a heart, it is an underdog action drama about a men, who goes in to the gladiator fights and uses his martial arts to raise money, for his brother's family. Lionheart is about a legionnaire who <more>
escapes from France to come to US after he find's out about his brother who drug dealers torched him, on a fire alive and that he died. To support his family he goes in to a street fights into a illegal full contact sport for money. Definitely Van Damme's best promising action movie. I love this movie, this is the second movie I saw on VHS when I was a child. It is my childhood movie and I enjoy this movie so much to death! "When the streets are a jungle...there can only be one king." Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a soldier drawn in the world of modern day of 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 relecutantly 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.That is the main basic plot about this film. It does involve gladiator underground bare knuckle fights. Lyon the character Van Damme played wasn't only a Lionheart, he was also a good hearted human been. There wasn't any sex scene in this movie, Lyon gave money to a homeless mom and her daughter who where living on the streets. He never wanted to take any advantage of any woman. This is the first time Van Damme played a Legionnaire, 8 years later he started in Legionnaire 1998 in which Peter MacDonald Rambo III directed. Legionnaire was another Van Damme movie I grew up as a child. Honestly I like that movie and I love Lionheart to death! Van Damme is the king of the lions for me! The fight against Attila is one of the most epic fight scenes, I've ever seen. That fight to me personally felt a realistic. The punches and blood felt real. Another thing: I had no idea that Ashley Johnson who played Nicole Gaultier, Lyon's nice turned out such a beautiful babe! I didn't know she even played in Mel Gibson's What Women Want. She is the same year born as me, and she is gorgeous, wow. Brian Thompson played again a villain in here, but different type of a villain in this movie. He played Night Slasher in Cobra 1986 my favorite Stallone action flick. The man is very underrated actor, just like Gary Busey he is very underrated of playing the villain characters. Of all Van Damme's tournament movies this is one of the best up there with Bloodsport and Kickboxer. I love Kickboxer. I put Lionheart between Bloodsport and Kickboxer because of the awesome fight scenes, multiple fighter each different from each one another, Attila was a great final fighter. I love Tong Po fight more but this and Sandman fight in Death warrant comes very close. I love the soundtrack at the end fight. A Van Damme classic. This movie get's a 10 by me as a Van Damme classic action martial arts film, I have always enjoyed this movie.
Great Van Damme movie!Arguably one of his best! (by Movie Nuttball)
Lionheart is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best films! Van Damme was good, classic 80s series Sledge Hammer star Harrison Page was very good.The Qissi brothers were very good and loved Abdel's character Attila!He is such a great one as I like many things about him!Brian Thompson was good as always Voyo Goric was here and look for Tony Halme AKA Ludvig Borga near the end in the big fight!The movie is never boring and boasts lots of action and great music by John Scott!If you like Van Damme and fighting films then check out Lionheart!
Van Dammes best movie, hands down. (by fullenw)
One thing about this movie is the plot. Basically Lionheart is fighting to raise money for his dead brothers wife and kid. There's not much to the plot but its rare.The fight scenes are OK. The best is the fight at the end. man did Lionheart go off What establishes Lionheart is his character: he's a rough survivor but he's caring.In this film there's are no shootouts, sex scenes or explosions. Thats what separates it from most Van Damme movies. But there is a graphic scene of a man being set on fire SO BE WARNED.The end is sad in happy kind of way. This is definitely a must <more>
Lionheart or A.W.O.L. - as i tend to refer to it in my opinion is possibly Van-Dammes best film.... and yeah I'm biased! It has a very decent storyline which is realistic - especially as its set in America and features some well know actors such as Deborah Rennard, Brian Thompson and Harrison Page.film moments . . . the fight between Gauliter and Sonny is seriously intense and even though I've watched this film on numerous occasions since 1990 it still is a great scene to watch! favorite parts of the movie is where Gaultier is insubordinate to his Commanding Officer and also the <more>
bookie at the Attila fight... "One minute to post my friend" great stuff! and for those interested in purchasing a copy Viva Video Inc. have recently released Lionheart on VCD!
another great movie of Van Damme's (by moviecollector)
Van Damme risks his life 4 his brother i think family. Great action, like when he fights the Scottish guy. The end fight with a beefed up Andre the Giant look-a-like was a great do or die battle. Its a tear-jerker in the end. I didnt cry but i can see why it is. A must have.
Excellent karate film with JCVD (by baantjer-74478)
JCVD in a good karate film, the street fights are good, and the other cast members like, Harrison Page and Brian Thompson reely belonging in this film.
What a surprise (by dperic)
This is easily Van Damme's best Movie.So much better then the double pump triple twirl kick Movie's like Kickboxer and Bloodsport,though this Movie does contain some of those moves as well.It's a wonder why Van Damme didn't do more of these types of Movies.From start to finish this Movie had the family feel,and I thought Van Damme acted very well,and in my opinion had an excellent supporting cast,mainly Harrison Page,it could be argued that he was the real star of the film and again I must wonder why his career didn't take of after this.A very underrated actor who has <more>
somehow flown under the radar of Hollywood.Even if your not a Van Damme fan rent this movie,you will be pleasantly surprised.
"Lionheart" - Welcome to the Lion's Den (by dee.reid)
In the Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts movie "Lionheart," audiences get to see a side of the Muscles from Brussels not seen in previous action films like "Bloodsport" 1988 and "Kickboxer" 1989 : Van Damme acting and fighting like there's no tomorrow. I must be crazy for giving "Lionheart" such a high rating based on "acting" from Van Damme but if one can get past the phony Hollywood theatrics and the like, you can see what is very easily the best of Van Damme's early work simply because he isn't trying too hard... yet.For the <more>
most part in "Lionheart," the flashy, impossible athleticism of the Belgian-born martial arts sensation's earlier works has been shunned in favor of straight-up no-holds-barred brawling, which is essentially what this picture is about. After his drug-dealing brother is set on fire in Los Angeles, Lyon Gaultier Van Damme deserts his post in North Africa with the French Foreign Legion and high-tails it to the United States to reconnect with his brother's wife and five-year-old daughter, with two agents in hot pursuit with orders to bring him back at any cost. Once here, he happens upon a bare-knuckle brawl underneath a bridge and immediately stuns the natives when he dispatches his first opponent with surprisingly little difficulty.At this same match, he also meets Joshua Harrison Page , a street-wise hustler who becomes Lyon's self-appointed manager and gives Lyon the nickname "Lionheart." Soon enough, Lyon's brawl becomes the talk of the tight little circle interested in such senseless "human cock-fighting," and shamelessly amoral rich-woman fight promoter Cynthia Deborah Rennard signs on Lyon as her champion for several no-holds-barred street fights. The arenas themselves are as ridiculous as they could possibly get - an underground parking lot, a racquetball court, a half-filled swimming pool, and a tennis court - but they get the job done in serving shameless blood-sport for the rich who are thirsty for guys beating the living daylights out of each other. At the center of it, of course, is determined Lyon, who puts aside his own reservations about fighting for the rich and focuses squarely on putting money in his family's pockets.For all its scenes of combat and many, many missteps, "Lionheart" is very easily the best of Van Damme's early martial arts movies simply because it'll give fans of the genre what they want: maximum Van Damage and, boy, does he damage some of his sparring partners and take some damage of his own. The fight choreography by Frank Dux, the real-life character Van Damme played in his earlier "Bloodsport" is brutal and realistic, with little flash & glitter. It's intense stuff that really captures the beauty and brutality of no-hards-barred combat.The script, which mostly consists of four-letter words, is obviously the weakest point here. But how can you possibly expect a script authored by Van Damme himself and director Sheldon Lettich to be Academy Award-winning material? What people want to see here is fighting, although there are some heartfelt scenes between family that could probably warm the hearts of those who care to see such drama.More gladiator combat spectacle than dramatic actioner, "Lionheart" takes us to the Lion's Den and never looks back.8/10
EARLY VAN DAMME DONE RIGHT (by kirbylee70-599-526179)
MVD Rewind once again dips into the vaults of the mom and pop video stores to bring back a movie that was found on the shelves there for fans to enjoy when they wanted. LIONHEART stars Jean-Claude Van Damme at the top of his game early in his career when he was heating up the box office with his action films. When looking up his timeline on imdb. com I was stunned to realize that his best movies and the time he was topping the box office only lasted 10 years. Yes, he's continued to make movies but their popularity has dwindled over time and like Steven Seagal he's found himself in the <more>
straight to DVD market. Fortunately movies like this have found their way to disc showing how good he was.In LIONHEART we start off with the death of a man torched with gasoline by a gang. With no money to pay his doctor bills his wife Helene Lisa Pelikan and daughter Nicole Ashley Johnson are left with an increase debt and she writes to his brother. That brother is Lyon Van Damme , a member of the French Foreign Legion and stationed in Africa. Asking for leave to be with his family he is denied and thus escapes and runs for the US followed by Legion members intent on his return.Landing in New York with no money Lyon hears a commotion under a bridge and comes across a bare fist fight for money taking place. A lower level gambling operation run by Joshua Harrison Page Lyon sees this as a quick opportunity to make a few dollars. The find end quickly and Joshua realizes he has a fighter that can get him back in the big time again. A quick meal later and he's Lyon's manager and they set off to make enough money to get him to LA where his brother and his family are.Joshua takes Lyon to a fight organized by Cynthia Deborah Rennard and her right hand man Russell Brian Thompson . Cynthia is at the top of the illegal fight food chain. She too sees the potential in Lyon and they begin scheduling fights that pay well. Once he has enough money he lets them know he's going to LA. Cynthia lets them both know she'll see them out there.Lyon and Joshua arrive to find that his brother has passed. Feeling obligated he tries to give Helene money but she refuses, angry that he didn't make it back before his brother passed. We also learn that Lyon took the fall for his brother years ago resulting in his having to leave. Consulting with Joshua he agrees to more fights and sets up a way to get the money to Helene without her knowing.While the fights progress Helene's place is being watched at the same time by the Legion members who followed him to America in hopes of capturing him and taking him back. Now Lyon not only has to be concerned about himself as each fight moves him to a more deadly opponent but he has to worry about his family's safety as well. As is most often the case all of these fights lead to the big one, the one with the massive payoff and the most danger. Cynthia has set up a fight she thinks Lyon can't win and has bet all on his opponent. Joshua, remembering what Cynthia did to him in the past which left him crippled and unable to fight, must decide between betting the right way or trusting his friend. And at the end will Lyon be able to remain with his family or will the Legion members take him back? For an action film of this kind it has a simple and yet effective story. That's one thing that is missing from so many films like this being made today. It doesn't have to be overly complicated or involve drug cartels and Russian mafia big wigs. Instead this tells a story that fulfills the need for action while having a heart at its core. It also doesn't rely on its lead actor, Van Damme, to be an incredibly talented thespian but he still manages to pull off a solid performance here. I was surprised when the movie began to realize that it was released by Imperial. This was a main video supplier back in the old mom and pop video days that has since disappeared. But they specialized in films like this with most not being as high a quality as this one is. Even more surprising was to realize that the Ashley Johnson who plays the young Nicole is the same Johnson who now stars on TV's BLINDSPOT. How time flies.In the end the movie entertains and that's one of the most difficult things to do for an action film that focuses on a main character with an actor who hadn't been around all that long. Looking back at his list of credits Van Damme solidified his stature as an action star in just 3 years with this film being one among the films he made. The others BLOODSPORT, CYBORG and KICKBOXER all worked to make him a superstar in the same mold that the early films of Seagal did. Unfortunately his career didn't stay in high gear although his output did. His movies are still coming out with regularity but nowhere near as good as his earlier films, this being one of his better ones that's worth revisiting.MVD has done an amazing job here recreating that feel of the old video store with their packaging as they have with all of their Video Rewind Collection. The sleeve for the film has printed stickers for "2 day rentals" and "Bee kind remember to rewind". Kids today might not understand the reference but those who loved going to the video stores in the 80s will get a kick out of the labels. The extras included here are more than one would expect as well. They include both the theatrical release of the film and an extended cut, an archival audio commentary track by director/writer Sheldon Lettich and Harrison Page on the extended cut, a new featurette LIONHARD: THE INSIDE STORY with interviews including Van Damme, Lettich, producer Eric Karson, Page, Rennard and Thompson, a new featurette INSIDE LIONHEART WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND CAST, a new featurette LIONHEART: BEHIND THE FIGHTS, an archival making of featurette, an archival interview with Lettich, an archival interview with Page, 5 promotional TV clips, a behind the scenes photo gallery, the original theatrical trailer and a collectible mini-poster. Fans of Van Damme will find this a must have to add to their collection. Fans of action films will find an entertaining film worth revisiting. And fans of the old mom and pop video stores will want to pick this one up as well. It's a lot of fun and worth doing so.