Desert Heat (1999)




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A group of bullies terrorizing a small town meet their match in the Muscles From Brussels in this action drama. Eddie Lomax (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a drifter who has been in a suicidal funk since the death of his close friend Johnny (Danny Trejo). Riding his motorcycle into a small desert town where Johnny once lived, Lomax is confronted by a gang of toughs, who beat him and steal his bike. However, Lomax is not a man to take an injustice lying down, and soon he begins exacting a violent revenge on the men who stole his motorcycle, with local handyman Jubal Early (Pat Morita) lending a hand and several area ladies offering aid and comfort. Inferno (which was also released under the titles Desert Heat and Coyote Moon) was directed by John G. Avildsen, though Danny Mulroon is credited on some prints.
R (for violence, language, some drug use and a sex scene)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Viacom International


Danny Trejo
as Johnny
Larry Drake
as Ramsey
Jaime Pressly
as Dottie
Paul Koslo
as Ives
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Howard
Nikki Bokal
as Carol
Jim Hanks
as Bus Driver
Jeff Kober
as Beserko
Kevin West
as Vern
Robert Symonds
as Mr. Howard
Steve Adell
as Joe Bob
Natalie Barish
as Old Woman Buyer
Philip Bruns
as Old Man Buyer
Ray Chang
as Mr. Chang
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Critic Reviews for Desert Heat

All Critics (5)

You've seen it before, so why bother seeing Jean-Claude Van Damme go through the paces in this straight-to-tape howler?

Full Review… | January 3, 2009

Oscar-winning director John Avildsen wisely removed his name in favor of a pseudonym on this forgettable direct-to-video Van Damme vehicle.

October 15, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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June 18, 2005

No excerpt available.

May 31, 2005
International Press Academy

Doused by a mediocre plot and poor plot escapes.

March 11, 2003
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Desert Heat

Back to the grindstone with these movies. Just checked out Desert Heat and man was it a good one. JCVD plays Eddie Lomax, a suicidal alcoholic biker. Just when Eddie is about to pull the trigger on himself in the middle of the desert, three brothers come out of nowhere and jump him, leaving him for dead and they also take Eddie's prized motorcycle. Eddie delays his suicide to retrieve his cycle and take vengeance on the ones who stole it. JCVD once again proves his talents as he plays the depressed Eddie. He's haunted by the memories of his troubled past. It's never fully explained but Eddie and his best friend Johnny (Danny Trejo) kept mentioning they have reoccuring memories of the murders. Desert Heat is a bit corny with the atrocious southern accents but Van Damme saves it with a warm and heartfelt role. I loved the old western feel to it as well. It was pretty cool to see JCVD rocking a cowboy hat while kicking these dudes asses. 79% From me

Danny Casteel
Danny Casteel

This Van Damme dud almost warranted a "so bad it's good review," but then I realized it was just really, really bad. All this from the director of ROCKY no less?

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

Jean-Claude Van Damme's desert action is fine as the loner willing to call it a day when he is attacked by a biker gang. He finds a new reason for living when he vows to get even.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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