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Double Impact (1991)

R | | Action, Crime | 9 August 1991 (USA)
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Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.

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Sheldon Lettich

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Sheldon Lettich (screen story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Alex / Chad Wagner
Geoffrey Lewis ... Frank Avery
Alonna Shaw ... Danielle Wilde
Corinna Everson ... Kara
Philip Chan ... Raymond Zhang
Alan Scarfe ... Nigel Griffith
Bolo Yeung ... Moon
Andy Armstrong ... Paul Wagner
Wu Fong Lung Wu Fong Lung ... Chinese Nurse
Peter Malota Peter Malota ... Body Guard With Spurs
Sarah-Jane Varley Sarah-Jane Varley ... Katherine Wagner
Kamel Krifa Kamel Krifa ... Mah Jong Manager
Eugene Choy Eugene Choy ... Mr. Chen
Jack Gilardi Jr. Jack Gilardi Jr. ... Karate Student
David Lea ... Karate Student
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Storyline

Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong Kong. Seeing a picture of Alex, Chad rejoins him and convinces him that his rival in Hong Kong is also the man who killed their parents. Alex is suspicious of Chad, especially when it comes to his girlfriend. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Twin brothers torn apart by violence. On a mission of revenge. One packs a punch. One packs a piece. Together they deliver... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Corsican Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,574,703, 11 August 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,102,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,500,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Albert Pyun was briefly approached when the project was then called 'The Corsican Brothers' in the late 1980s. He said on his Facebook page in 2012: "The last time I've spoken with JCVD was on the roof of a building across the street from Cannon on Wilshire. JCVD wanted to talk in private and he told me the story he wanted to do for his next film called "Corsican Brother" which became Double Impact I believe. JCVD asked if I would want to direct it for him. The whole idea of TWO JCVD's seemed a bit far fetched and I did not commit either way but told him I had reservations about how the twins idea would work. I told him I thought he should keep moving in the direction of a pure action star and leave the gimmick movies behind. Haven't seen or talked to him since directly." See more »

Goofs

When Chad and Danielle are on the boat after their swim in the harbor, Chad's clothes are perfectly dry while hers are hung on a line down below to dry out while she has a towel wrapped around her. However, her hair has the look as if it has been blown dry. It's doubtful Alex would have carried a blow dryer on his boat. See more »

Quotes

Kara: What's the big hurry? Are you, um... hiding something?
Danielle: No.
Kara: No? Well, that's good, because... I have to frisk you. And if I don't find anything, well, then... I can let you go.
[she frisks Danielle]
Kara: Now we can just forget this ever happened. Come on, now, turn around. That's a good girl. Yeah. And now... you can frisk me.
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The 3rd DVD-Release in Germany from Laser Paradise is uncut. See more »

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"Welcome to Hong Kong".
12 August 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Coming out during the twilight of Jean-Claude Van Damme's career, it was something less than impressive. But a decent time-waster at best and for the price of one we would get two Van Damme's on screen. Twins unknowingly separated, to only meet up again 25 years later. Nice. Where else could we see Van Damme beating himself up, feuding over things and eventually teaming up to kick-ass. And there's a lot ass kicking, as well gun blazing to go with the martial arts. That's John Woo style. Slow motion galore. Bullets. Blood. Bodies piling up. Add plenty of broken bones. And nose bleeds. The action is brutal and high-energy. Van Damme cops a real work out. Where he has a whole bunch of villains (a gleeful Alan Scarfe and spiteful Phillip Chan), their henchman and Triad gangs to get through. He goes up against an old foe; Bolo Yeung (of "Bloodsport" fame) and female athlete / body builder Corinna Everson whose choice of fashion is almost upstaged by Van Damme himself. Then we got a bodyguard who uses the spurs on his boot to inflict pain. While stuck in the middle of the two Van Dammes is the always enjoyable character actor Geoffrey Lewis and the ravishing blonde Alonna Shaw. The simple plot (which was co-written by Van Damme) is clean-cut by setting up the motivation at the beginning and then the twins unite to seek vengeance on those involved in the murder of their parents. Also for laughs there's numerous mistaken identity scenarios, Van Damme's colourful fashion sense (the lover-boy one) and the macho script likes to have people telling others to virtually get f**k. Set in Hong Kong, director Sheldon Lettich (who directed Van Damme a year earlier in "Lionheart") strikes up some local flavour, amazingly tough action bursts and all at a reliable pace. Bold, but standard Jean-Claude Van Damme 90s action vehicle.

"When you find them. Bring back their bodies".


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