Lionheart (1991)




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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
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure
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MCA Universal Home Video

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

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Using tactics like these, Woody Allen could become an action hero, too.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Accompanied by an occasionally jazzy score, the film has a solid dramatic base on which to build the Jean-Claude Van Damme action.

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Urban Cinefile

One of Van Damme's best flicks....good story, good skirmishes

May 5, 2005

The fight scenes, which are all Van Damme fans care about anyway, are pumped up by swift edits, which repeat snippets over and over so that it's the MTV equivalent of boxing, and punched-up volume control that adds bangs, pows and zonks wherever possible.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Lionheart


Great Van Damme flick and one of his best, watching him battle through various fighters of different skills untill he meets the big boss. Its very very basic, just like all Van Damme films and much like a computer game it has no proper plot, bad acting and the same predictable outcomes but somehow its good. All the fights are very well filmed and choreographed, the fighters do look like real people and it looks slick n fast with the final fight being a real adrenaline rush, awesome. Question is whats it called? Lionheart? A.W.O.L? or Wrong Bet?

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

One of my favorites of Van Damme, nothing special besides the fighting, which is why people watch it.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Harrison Page is probably a pretty good actor.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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