Lionheart

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After his brother is badly beaten by a street gang, Jean-Claude Van Damme deserts the foreign legion in order to avenge his honor in this action film also known as A.W.O.L. and Wrong Bet. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast

Denis Akiyama Voyo
as Sgt. Hartog
Michael Qissi
as Moustafa
Michael M. Foley
as 1st Video Fighter
Jason Adams
as Francois
William Terry Amos
as Drug Dealer
Dennis Wayne Rucker
as Irish Legionnaire
Billy Blanks
as African Legionnaire
Lew Hopson
as Ship's Mate
Sebastian Massa
as Ship's Engineer
Roger Etienne
as Interpol Inspector
Dennis Rucker
as Irish Legionnaire
Douglas DuVal
as New York Security Guard
Lawrence Bender
as Garage Fight Heckler
Tracy Shakespeare
as Heckler's Date
Leonard Gaines
as 1st Bookie
Lonnie Burr
as 2nd Bookie
Christopher M. Brown
as Street Gang Leader
Loren Freeman
as Sales Person
Tony Valentino
as Hospital Technician
Clement von Franckenstein
as English Investor
Roger La Page
as Landlord
Christopher Nixon
as German Investor
Eduardo Ricard
as Spanish Investor
Julie Rudolph
as Homeless Mother
Micheline Lettich
as Homeless Child
Galen Yuen
as Desk Bookie
Jeff Speakman
as Mansion Security Man
Steven R. Purwin
as Airplane Pilot
Freeman King
as Homeless Man
Scott Spiegel
as Pool Fight Bookie
Marc D. Williams
as 1st New York Homeless Fighter
Mark DeAlessandro
as 2nd New York Homeless Fighter
James Brewster Thompson
as New York Monster Fighter
Tony "Satch" Williams
as Garage Fighter
Jeff Langton
as Cynthia's Fighter
Stuart Wilson
as Scottish Fighter
Magic Schwartz
as Raquetball Fighter
Lindsey Carlos
as 1st Street Gang Member
Maurice Lamont
as 2nd Street Gang Member
Sifu Williams
as 3rd Street Gang Member
Thunder Wolf
as 4th Street Gang Member
Carlton Holder
as 5th Street Gang Member
Michael Foley
as 1st Video Fighter
A.D. Muyich
as 2nd Video Fighter
Donald Pike
as 1st BMW Passenger
Dean Milor Thomas
as 2nd BMW Passenger
Voyo Goric
as Sgt. Hartog
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Critic Reviews for Lionheart

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (11)

  • The scriptwriters, first-time director Sheldon Lettich (Sylvester Stallone's collaborator on "Rambo III") and Van Damme himself, dream up the worst things that could possibly happen. Then they try to kick their way out of them.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Using tactics like these, Woody Allen could become an action hero, too.

    Aug 30, 2004
  • As Lionheart heads for his final confrontation, the film's soundtrack blasts out a "Rocky"-like song called 'No Mercy.' Unless you're a Van Damme or martial arts fanatic, you're more likely to be thinking: No, merci.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Lionheart is a fantastic piece of entertainment, and Van Damme himself gives a charismatic performance proving he's not only got the goods for martial arts action, but can also hold his own with drama.

    Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Although it's possible to enjoy isolated sequences of Lionheart, this is not one of martial arts superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme's better kick-ass vehicles.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Van Damme gawps blankly, as if trying to remember the simplest lines is a particularly tricky task ...

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lionheart

  • Jan 15, 2012
    There's no real point of disguising the fact the plot is very one dimensional. Don't expect a lot of back story or character development and you'll discover an intriguing fight movie. The fight scenes are well handled and its the real reason van damme has an audience. The film has a fun soundtrack and the films characters are quite fun. The director commonly plays the emotional parts a little to over the top as van damme doesn't have the experience to pull them off. It's good to see a film that doesn't take itself too seriously. The film will suit fans and action junkies
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2009
    One of Jean-Claude's better films from his early career, Lionheart (or AWOL as it was known on this side of the Atlantic) sees him escaping from a French Foreign Legion outpost in Northern Africa to travel to Los Angeles when he finds out his brother has been left for dead after a botched deal with drug dealers. Arriving in New York after 3 or 4 weeks at sea, he attracts the attention of a former fighter turned hustler who promotes him as an underground boxer in order for Lyon (Van Damme) to help pay for his trip to LA, and to help his widowed sister in-law to help pay the rent to keep her and her daughter from living rough. Entertaining movie with some good stunts and fights.
    Iain M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2009
    One of the last films i saw, before i gave up on the muscles from brussels. Ok effort with loads of cool fighting sequences. Best watched on a rainy day and on a channel lets say like action or something you didnt have to pay for.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    One of his better films.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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