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The Quest (1996)

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40

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Martial arts movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme made his debut behind the camera as the director of this sweeping action drama. Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, a clown pickpocket and Fagin-like leader of orphan thieves in 1925 New York City. Kidnapped by gun smugglers and then sold to pirate captain Lord Dobbs (Roger Moore), Chris eventually ends up the property of Khao (Aki Aleong), a master Asian kickboxer. His fighting skills win Chris a chance at a legendary contest, a gladiatorial showdown

PG-13,

Action & Adventure

Jan 2, 2002

MCA Universal Home Video

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At its best in its first half, when Dubois has to find his way to the competition in the Lost City of Tibet.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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With the same grace and discipline that he displays in front of the camera, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a socko directorial debut.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The level of high-tension violence expected from a Van Damme film is blunted by poor direction, uninspired camera work, and a bland villain.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The endeavor looks less like a movie than some ESPN programmer's worst brainstorm.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Interesting only for being so totally familiar, even if you've never seen another film about a Ghan-Gheng martial-arts match in an ancient Lost City in Tibet.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I rushed to finish this movie so I didn't get a late fee.

September 14, 2005
7M Pictures

Van Damme calls his film 'the Ben-Hur of martial arts'; boy, is he deluded.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

More a study in worldwide combat than a tribute to Van Damme's ascension as a director.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Unless bone-crunching violence is your bag, you can bag this one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

In his first outing, it is unclear whether VanDamme can't manage the scope of this tale, or if he's just a bad director.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
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A speedy and rousing adventure, chock-full of exciting -- if unlikely -- events and swarming with colorful characters in colorful locations.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Quest

Van Damme basically remakes Bloodsport, but makes it boring instead of fun.
February 14, 2010
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Pretty much the same movie as Bloodsport set in the early 20th century with a more "elaborate" plot. I don't know why but I love this movie.
September 10, 2009
Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

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In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that are on the street the best he can. He accidentally gets onboard a freight ship and travels to the Far East. Some people notice his fighting skills and he eventually gets entered in a fighting tournament that features the best fighters from various countries and continents. The fighters range from a sumo wrestler from Japan, a martial arts fighter from China who fights just like a monkey, and a monstrous and intimidating fighter from Mongolia. It's up to Van Damme to try and show everybody that he's the best fighter and have a chance at winning a huge golden dragon that goes to the fighter.
Unlike what Van Damme movies are usually known for, "The Quest" does have a good plot, and it's even directed by Van Damme himself. He should make more movies like this. "The Quest" has a plot, the fighting is exciting, and it's a good movie. I recommend anybody who likes good fighting movies to get "The Quest." You'll be glad you went along on this quest. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
September 10, 2009
stormyweather980

Super Reviewer

A reasonable cast and some nice looks only save this feeble film. Its basically just a rehash of 'Bloodsport' with virtually the same types of fighters, plot and fight sequences!!
Roger Moore adds alittle class but thats about it really.
July 18, 2009
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