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Product Details

  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, Paul Freeman, Natacha Lindinger
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Don Jakoby, Paul Mones
  • Producers: David Rodgers, Don Jakoby, Moshe Diamant, Nansun Shi, Peter Nelson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Vid
  • VHS Release Date: June 13 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800106946
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,860 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Look ma, no script! As expected from a movie by Hong Kong action director Hark Tsui, there are many explosive, fast-paced sequences in this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle. Some are thrilling, others inconsequential. There is also another mumbling, overdone performance by Mickey Rourke, who looks as if he performed his own plastic surgery. Except for an unintentionally humorous ending, the only surprise is Dennis Rodman as Van Damme's partner in exploitation. Rodman has plenty of charisma, but needs someone to weed out those inferior scripts. He plays an eccentric arms dealer coerced by an avenging Van Damme into tracking down the evil and sadistically weird character played by a well-muscled Rourke. It says little for the production that the best sequence of the movie occurs a quarter of the way into the action. It concerns an escape by Van Damme from an island think tank for forcibly retired covert agents. After that, everyone should have gone home. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2012
Format: DVD
Double Team(released April/97)stars Jean Claude Van Damme as a secret counter terrorist expert Jack Quinn,Dennis Rodman as an Antwerp arms dealer called Yaz,and Mickey Rourke as their nemesis,a terrorist named Stavros.Rodman was the one colourful member of the Chicago Bulls three-star unbeatable scoring line,along with Scotty Pippen and the legendary Michael Jordan.Rodman was frequently in the news for his bad boy behaviour and flamboyant dress,the latter much in view in this movie.During his recent dedication into the Basketball Hall of Fame,Rodman,tearfully looking back on his career,said that his outside persona was,for the most part,only a front.This movie has many,many references to his ball playing days and were much more relevant to viewing audiences back when this film was released,but they haven't worn well with age,especially to a newer generation that may not be as familiar with The Bulls and Rodman as others may be.And unfortunately his lines,along with Rodman's stiffness in the acting department,doesn't enhance the movie along one bit.Rourke pulls in a good,dark and moody performance as Stavros and works well off of Van Damme.
The opening finds Jack Quinn,a member of a secretive counter terrorist outfit,having to steal a shipment of plutonium bound for Iraq from some Romanians.Three years later he is living the good life with his wife in a beautiful villa when the organization,that he apparently had walked away from three years prior,comes a-calling again.This time it is personal as his old nemesis Stavros is back and they have the perfect plan to take him down,for the perfect man to do it.Quinn reluctantly agrees to the job which is to ambush Stavros at a carnival.
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By Xiao Zhu on Aug. 24 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Jean-Claude Van Damme isn't exactly known for his superb acting skills, and when NBA player Dennis Rodman enters the cast, one can safely assume that this movie will not be carrying home any accolades based on its actors' performance. Instead of talking about the plot first as reviews usually do, it's perhaps wiser to focus on the positive: the action. The fights in the movie--and there are a lot of them--are of Van Damme's past caliber. Rodman also pitches in now and then and throws a good punch or lashes out with a massive foot. The choreography is of course no match for the recent action hits like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and is 'okay' at best. Rodman's character, a shady special arms dealer, does add some brightness with his 007-esque cadre of tech gadgets. Now, the plot. It's almost non-existent, and what little of it the movie has actually bogs it down. The idea of the island is not quite so platitudinous, but still looks lame. As the story goes on it quickly becomes trite and serves up one round of groans after another. Some of the parts are downright confusing, and those scenes should be replaced with more fights. One's time and energy exhausted in trying to digest the story would be much better spent in focusing on the punches and kicks. If you decide to watch this, it's probably not a bad idea to just tone down the volume. After all, there's really not much must-know information one can learn from the dialogues, as everyone already understands that whoever Van Damme and Rodman are kicking are the baddies. -Xiao Zhu
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By JT on Oct. 10 2000
Format: DVD
So there! My favorites are Time Cop and Sudden Death. It appears that the negative customer reviews are coming from people who viewed this one on VHS. If you don't like action films, so be it. I gave up on going to theaters with the prices they charge, the people who like to gab a lot and make candy and popcorn noises. Watching films like this on DVD, letterboxed, on a screen three feet wide, complete with digital surround can make a lot of difference. Granted, not everyone has room for or even wants a lot of audio/video equipment, but it's the closest you can get to the "director's product" without going to a theater. I've seen this film twice at home, and today I am ordering a copy for my collection. Movies like this come in handy when I'm in the mood for something loud, action-filled, mindless, and all those good things! I have found over the past few years that Wide Screen Review is an extremely trustworthy source for information about sound and picture of laser discs and DVDs, and they rate this a double 5! Thanks for reading --
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Terrorist Rourke's family is killed in an attempt to "get" him; I still can't figure out if they were trying to arrest him or to kill him. The anti-terrorist team is led by Van Damme's character who's badly wounded in the operation. He's taken to a secret island-prison, called the Colony, for secret agents who've failed their mission. From there these double-O somethings can give the world their advice on terrorist attacks etc., but they cannot leave the island and everybody thinks they're dead. So everybody, even his wife, thinks Van Damme is dead - except Rourke (who seems to have got this top secret information from nowhere) who continues his personal vendetta against Van Damme by kidnapping his soon-to-give-birth wife. So, Van Damme escapes in one of the movie's best scenes and gets gunrunner Rodman to help him rescue his wife and baby.
After the escape from the Colony, the movie becomes far-fetched to the extreme. Van Damme can play this kind of role in his sleep by now - this doesn't mean he plays it well, but you weren't expecting any Gielgud style acting from him were you? Rodman's hair changes colour and design in every act; his acting capabilities are on par with Van Damme's. On the other hand, the scenery chewing Rourke (who seems to have been pumping iron for quite some time now) pulls quite a good job out of the material he has to work with. Tsui Hark, director of A Better Tomorrow 3 and the Once Upon a Time in China series, directs energetically enough but nothing can rescue this mess. Solar systems could pass through the holes in this script.
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