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Legionnaire (1998)

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Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.

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Peter MacDonald

Writers:

Sheldon Lettich (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Alain Lefevre
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Luther
Steven Berkoff ... Sgt. Steinkampf
Nicholas Farrell ... Mackintosh
Jim Carter ... Lucien Galgani
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Katrina
Daniel Caltagirone ... Guido Rosetti
Joseph Long ... Maxim
Mario Kalli Mario Kalli ... René Galgano
Joe Montana Joe Montana ... Julot
Kim Rømer Kim Rømer ... Capt. Rousselot
Anders Peter Bro Anders Peter Bro ... Lt. Charlier
Paul Kynman ... Rolf Bruner
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ... Viktor
Takis Triggelis Takis Triggelis ... Cpl. Metz
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Storyline

Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti. The mobster discovers his whereabouts and enrolls two hit men to finish him off. With their fort under siege and enemies within, Lefevre finds that second chances are difficult to come by in the Legion. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for battle violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Légionnaire See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter MacDonald replaced Sheldon Lettich as director shortly before production commenced. See more »

Goofs

When they are attacked at the waterhole, Guido is suppose to fire at an incoming horseman. But when he takes aim, the rifle bolt is in the open position which makes it impossible to fire. Yet he manages to fire anyway, and in the next shot the bolt is in the locked position See more »

Quotes

[Reciting from a book.]
Mackintosh: From little towns in a far land we came, to save our honor from a world of flame. In little towns in a far land we sleep, and trust that world we won, to you to keep.
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Version of March or Die (1977) See more »

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Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
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Van Damme does drama
10 March 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

I found 'Legionnaire' for $10 on a rack labelled "Movies that should never have been made!". I had never seen 'Legionnaire', but on the same rack was the Arnie classic 'Conan the Barbarian'. I decided that whoever was running the store obviously didn't know what they were talking about - I'm sure Arnie will forgive them - and so I picked up 'Legionnaire'. If I had known it had a lot more of Jean-Claude Van Damme acting rather than Van Damme beating the **** out of bad guys, I probably would have avoided it. Good thing I gave it a go, as it was actually pretty good.

Van Damme plays Alain Lefevre, a boxer paid to take a dive by a mobster. Alain and his girl-friend have other ideas, and plan to flee France and go to America. After giving his opponent a good butt-kicking, and enraging the mobsters, Alain ends up being chased by police, and finds himself in the French Foreign Legion and deployed to Africa to crush an insurgency in a French colony.

Funnily enough, it is pretty much 'Lionheart' reversed. Other than that, 'Legionnaire' feels more like a war movie than a Van Damme movie. Then again, you can tell Van Damme co-wrote it: He gives himself a lot of acting time, and not much arse-kicking time, but then you have various action clichés popping up and the odd one-liner here and there.

Van Damme's martial-arts skills are not showcased here as much as in his other movies. There are a few boxing scenes, and maybe one kick in the entire movie. The rest of the action is standard war stuff: explosions and gun-play (circa 1924, to be precise).

'Legionnaire' is surprisingly good in the end. Van Damme gets to do something different for a change, and I'll give him credit for it. It is more dramatic than most of his other movies, but that should not stop Van Damme fans - and even non-fans of Van Damme - from seeing it - 7/10


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