Legionnaire

Legionnaire

Peter MacDonald (1998)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this tired reworking of Beau Geste, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a boxer heading for Morocco to avoid some disgruntled punters in Paris. Riddled with implausibilities and acted with metronomic rigidity, it's notable for one thing - Van Damme's isn't the worst performance on display. That honour goes to Steven Berkoff, whose extravagant posturing almost gives the film a cockeyed kudos. On the plus side, the training sequences and the battles with the Berbers are competently handled by Rambo III director Peter MacDonald, but he has little success in the scenes where his actors are required to talk.

Summary

A French boxer in the 1920s defies gangsters who want him to throw a fight. But when his escape plan ends in disaster, his only way out is to join the Foreign Legion, where he ends up defending a fort in North Africa against a rebel army. Adventure, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Berkoff and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Cast & Crew

Alain Lefevre Jean-Claude Van Damme
Luther Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Steinkampf Steven Berkoff
Mackintosh Nicholas Farrell
Lucien Galgani Jim Carter
Katrina Ana Sofrenovic
Guido Rosetti Daniel Caltagirone
Maxim Joseph Long
Rene Galgano Mario Kalli
Director Peter MacDonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama