January 11th, 1991



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Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his...

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.6/10 (11,296 voted)

Director: Sheldon Lettich

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights.

Writers: S.N. Warren, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme - Léon Gaultier
Harrison Page - Joshua Eldridge
Deborah Rennard - Cynthia
Lisa Pelikan - Hélène Gaultier
Ashley Johnson - Nicole Gaultier
Brian Thompson - Russell
Voyo Goric - Sgt. Hartog
Michel Qissi - Moustafa
George McDaniel - Adjutant
Eric Karson - Doctor
Ash Adams - François Gaultier
William T. Amos - Drug Dealer
Roz Bosley - Nurse
Dennis Rucker - Irish Legionnaire (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
Billy Blanks - African Legionnaire

Taglines: Too tough to die.

Release Date: 11 January 1991

Filming Locations: Argyle Hotel - 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $24,078,196 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filmed after Death Warrant despite being being released prior.

Continuity: Before and during the final fight scene, Cynthia is wearing a dress with black nylons on her legs. After the fight scene, when she is asked to be removed from her limo, her legs are bare.

Lyon: "I'm not your toy, Cynthia!"

User Review

One of Van Damme's better, more human films.....

Rating: 7/10

This is one of the few films by Van Damme that stand out in my mind when I think of his 'career highlights'. All of his films are formulaic actioners, but Lionheart is one of his better films. His character is more layered here, which makes this more of a drama than most of his others. We as the audience can feel for his character and, as a result, root for him as he tries to evade his past and help what family he has left. A nice little action film, with Van Damme forced to act a little here. For his capabilities, he is convincing as Lyon. Harrison Page is very good in the film as the ex-street fighter turned confidant, and almost steals the show. A highlight of Van Damme's career.

*** out of **** stars.


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