- Legionnaire (film)
name = Legionnaire
caption = DVD cover
director = Peter MacDonald
Christian Halsey Solomon Kamel Krifa Sheldon Lettich
Roberto Malerba Richard G. Murphy Edward R. Pressman Jean-Claude Van Damme
Sheldon Lettich Rebecca Morrison Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
music = John Altman
editing = Mike Murphy
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
December 3 1998
runtime = 98 mins
country = USA
language = English
budget = $35,000,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:174360
imdb_id = 126388
"Legionnaire" is a 1998 film starring
Jean-Claude Van Dammeas a 1920s boxer who wins a fight after having been hired by gangstersto lose it, then flees to join the French Foreign Legion. The cast includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrelland Jim Carter. The film was filmed in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
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
Internet Movie Database
accessdate =2007-09-14 ]
Jean-Claude Van Dammeas Alain Lefevre
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbajeas Luther
Steven Berkoffas Sgt. Steinkampf
Nicholas Farrellas Mackintosh
* Jim Carter as Lucien Galgani
Ana Sofrenovicas Katrina
Daniel Caltagironeas Guido Rosetti
* Joseph Long as Maxim
Mario Kallias René Galgano
Joe Montanaas Julot
Kim Romeras Capt. Rousselot
Anders Peter Broas Lt. Chathier
Paul Kynmanas Rolf Bruner
Vincent Pickeringas Viktor
Takis Triggelisas Cpl. Metz
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