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Legionnaire (1998)

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Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.

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Peter MacDonald

Writers:

Sheldon Lettich (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Alain Lefevre
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Luther
Steven Berkoff ... Sgt. Steinkampf
Nicholas Farrell ... Mackintosh
Jim Carter ... Lucien Galgani
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Katrina
Daniel Caltagirone ... Guido Rosetti
Joseph Long ... Maxim
Mario Kalli Mario Kalli ... René Galgano
Joe Montana ... Julot
Kim Rømer Kim Rømer ... Capt. Rousselot
Anders Peter Bro Anders Peter Bro ... Lt. Charlier
Paul Kynman ... Rolf Bruner
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ... Viktor
Takis Triggelis Takis Triggelis ... Cpl. Metz
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Storyline

Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti. The mobster discovers his whereabouts and enrolls two hit men to finish him off. With their fort under siege and enemies within, Lefevre finds that second chances are difficult to come by in the Legion. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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A fugitive from a killer. A remote outpost. A fight to the death. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for battle violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Légionnaire See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-director Boaz Yakin helped Sheldon Lettich on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Lefevre is photographed for the machine gun demonstration against his will, thus leading to his discovery. One of the few guarantees afforded legionnaires is anonymity, and it is specifically forbidden for a legionnaire to be photographed without explicit permission. See more »

Quotes

[Mackintosh and Luther are looking out across the desert.]
Luther: One big, empty country.
Mackintosh: Big it is, but I promise you, empty it is not. They're out there. Waiting, watching. Planning on when and how they're going to kill us. We're the intruders, Luther. It's their country. And every man, woman, and child will give up their lives before they give themselves up to us.
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Connections

Version of March or Die (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Légionnaire
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Raymond Asso
Performed by Ute Lemper
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Certainly different, and uniquely done!
26 May 2004 | by tjranmaSee all my reviews

I bought the DVD off the sales rack at Wal-Mart, thinking I could pawn it off after once viewing it. . . .not expecting much of it, even though I am a fan of Van Damme. BUT, it surprised me as Van Damme expresses his DRAMATIC skills! Not his usuall puncher-kicker film, he tells the story of how it is for a legionnaire watching people he knows being picked off one-by-one in the heated Hell of war! Although it's not a true story, it IS, however, true to the way it is with any heartfull man who joins the Foreign Legion and gets caught up in such Hellish realities of hatred in combat. Leaving behind all he's ever known & felt comfortable with and fighting for a whole different cause, and finding out later the trespasses that happen which can result in hatred. You can feel the loneliness he felt as the Arabs ride away & he's the only one left standing there in the death, rubble, and smoke of what was his fort in Northern Africa. Certainly a welcomed change from Van Damme's usuall martial arts mayhem. It's a keeper!


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