Legionnaire (film)

Legionnaire (film)

Infobox Film
name = Legionnaire


image_size =
caption = DVD cover
director = Peter MacDonald
producer = Christian Halsey Solomon
Kamel Krifa
Sheldon Lettich
Peter MacDonald
Roberto Malerba
Richard G. Murphy
Edward R. Pressman
Jean-Claude Van Damme
writer = Sheldon Lettich
Rebecca Morrison
Jean-Claude Van Damme
narrator =
starring = Jean-Claude Van Damme
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
music = John Altman
cinematography = Douglas Milsome
editing = Mike Murphy
Christopher Tellefsen
distributor = Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
released = December 3 1998
runtime = 98 mins
country = USA
language = English
budget = $35,000,000 (estimated)
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:174360
imdb_id = 126388

"Legionnaire" is a 1998 film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a 1920s boxer who wins a fight after having been hired by gangsters to lose it, then flees to join the French Foreign Legion. The cast includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell and Jim Carter. The film was filmed in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Plot

Alain Lefevre (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a French boxer in 1920's Marseilles, France. Alain is forced by local crime boss Lucien Galgani (Jim Carter) to take a dive in a fight.

It turns out that Galgani's girlfriend Katrina (Ana Sofrenovic) is also Alain's ex-fiance whom he left standing at the alter. But Katrina forgives Alain, and the two hatch a plan to run off to America together.

Alain doesn't take a dive in the fight, but just as the escape plan is about to succeed, Alain's friend gets killed, and Katrina is captured by Galgani's men. But Alain has shot and killed Galgani's brother.

Desperately needing a new escape plan, Alain signs up for the French Foreign Legion, and is shipped to Africa to help defend French territory against a native Arab rebellion.

Along the way, Alain meets some new friends, including an African American who's fled injustice in the States, a former British Army Major with a gambling problem, and a naive Italian boy who wishes to impress his girl back home by returning as a hero.

But things will not be easy. The only real way to escape from the Legion is to survive the term of service, and the rebels have them outnumbered.

And Galgani has sent his hired thugs into the Legion as well, to find Alain and get revenge for the death of Galgani's brother.

Deemed unreleasable for movie theaters in the United States, "Legionnaire" was released on home video despite a 35 million dollar production budget. [cite web
title =Business Data for Legionnaire
publisher =Internet Movie Database
url =http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126388/business
accessdate =2007-09-14
]

Cast

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

References

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