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The Order (2001)

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A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.


Sheldon Lettich



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Rudy Cafmeyer
Charlton Heston ... Professor Finley
Sofia Milos ... Dalia
Brian Thompson ... Cyrus
Ben Cross ... Ben Ner
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Oscar
Sasson Gabai ... Yuri
Alon Aboutboul ... Avram
Joseph J. Tomaska ... Goldman (as Joey Tomaska)
Peter Malota Peter Malota ... Amnon
Sharon Raginiano ... Bassam (as Sharon Reginiano)
Sami Huri ... Lieutenant Itsik
Jack Widerker Jack Widerker ... Executive
David Leitch ... Detective Mike Moran
Abdel Qissi ... Big Arab


Van Damme plays Rudy whose father, Oscar is an archaeologist. His father goes to Israel. When his father disappears, he goes to Israel to find him. The chief of police claims that his father never entered the country, but an old friend of his father's was expecting him and before he could tell him more, some people start shooting at them. He manages to get away, and when he goes back to the police chief, he still refuses to believe that a crime has been committed. He then has Rudy deported, but Rudy convinces the police woman assigned to bring him to the airport not to and help him find his father. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Irmandade See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »


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?


Jean-Claude Van Damme, Abdel Qissi, and Brian Thompson played together in another movie, Lionheart (1990). See more »


When Rudy drives to the museum to meet his father at the beginning of the film, you can see signs with Cyrillic alphabet in the background, plus Ladas driving down the street, even though the scenes are suppose to take place in New York, USA. See more »


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Title Card: 1099 A.D. / It was an age of religious Crusades and Holy Wars. After a grueling four-year campaign, the Knights of Christendom finally arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. During the furious battle for the Holy City, a Flemish Knight, Charles Le Vaillant, had a life-changing epiphany.
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Agreeable Van Damme vehicle with action, thrills, adventure and set in Jerusalen
2 February 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film begins with a medieval prologue telling the following : ¨1099 A.D. It was an age of religious Crusades and Holy Wars. After a grueling for-year campaign , the knights of Christendom finally arrive at the gates of Jerusalen. During the furious battle of the Holy City, a Flemish knight , Charles Le Vaillant , had a life-changing epiphany. Le Valliant was struck by the hypocrisy of killing fellow human beings in the same God. ¨The Fazar¨ Le Valliant's account of his experiences for days after that bloody battle, until he found the entrance of a cave that ran beneath the length of the Holy City. Inside that cave , he began to record his epiphany which became the basis for a new religious sect. An order that would combine the fundamental tenets of three major religions of his day. His first converts were fellow Christian knights who'd also become disenchanted by the bloodshed. The force of his convictions even won over Jews and Muslims former enemies who now became willing converts to the new faith. Many years completing the original ¨Fazar¨, Le Vaillant had further revelations. He wrote these down, intending to add them as the final chapter. Around the same time , he and his followers were accused of heresy by the Crusader authorities. On their way to Syria , he and his disciples were intercepted by of the same Crusaders he had once commanded. During the battle that followed , Le Vaillant died a martyr's death. The final chapter he had written was lost.¨ After that, the picture is set in Odessa, Ukraine, where Van Damme robbing valuable eggs to Russian mafia. The eggs were designed by Peter Faberge, a special gift to Czar Nichola with inlay twenty-four carat gold. Later On, Jean-Claude Van Damme reunites with his father(Vernon Dobtcheff) and learns about the lost chapter of ¨The Fazar¨, it happens to be the holy scripture of an obscure Middle-Eastern sect called ¨The Order¨ (ruled actually by Brian Thompson). Then his father go to Israel, but he disappears and Van Damme goes to country to find him. There is received by an old professor (Charlton Heston) and happen several adventures, dangers and risks.

This movie exhibited in some countries direct to video packs violent action, suspense, shoot-outs, and martial arts fighting and results to be quite amusing. Tough Van Damme plays finely a sympathetic thief, splendid Sofia Milos as enjoyable police who finally falls in love with him and Charlton Heston plays convincingly a veteran archaeologist in a brief appearance .The movie is pointlessly energetic, occasionally fun and entertaining and for that reason will appeal to true devotee Van Damme. It packs an atmospheric soundtrack by Pino Donaggio and colorful cinematography by David Garfinkel. It's produced with middling budget by Milennium with its usual producers Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short and Danny, Avi Lerner , furthermore by Van Damme's 777 Films Corp .The movie is professionally directed by Sheldon Lettich. He spent several years in the US Marines Corps, including a time in Vietnam war. Lettich is filmmaker of Van Damme various hits( Double impact,Lionheart, Hard cops), besides is author of hunk men vehicles such as Daniel Bernhardt(Perfect day),Dolph Lundgren(List patrol) and Mark Dacascos(Only the strong). Rating : Acceptable and passable. The flick will appeal to Jean-Claude Van Damme fans and noisy action enthusiasts.

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