Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Legionnaire [Import]

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Peter MacDonald    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
List Price: CDN$ 11.22
Price: CDN$ 10.96 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 0.26 (2%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Tuesday, April 22? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.
Today Only: Frank Sinatra Collection for $16.49
Today only: The "Frank Sinatra Film Collection" is at a one-day special price. Offer valid on April 20th, 2014, applies only to purchases of products sold by Amazon.ca, and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.ca site. Learn more

Frequently Bought Together

Customers buy this Movies & TV with Lionheart (Sous-titres français) [Import] CDN$ 16.73

Legionnaire [Import] + Lionheart (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Price For Both: CDN$ 27.69

Show availability and shipping details

  • This item: Legionnaire [Import]

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Lionheart (Sous-titres français) [Import]

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details


Product Description

Amazon.ca

Exiled to a video-only release when its distributor balked after the flop of Jean-Claude Van Damme's previous film Knock Off, this lavish adventure deserved a chance at theatrical success. Action icon Van Damme recasts himself as a tragic romantic hero in this entertaining old-fashioned adventure with a modern sensibility. "The Muscles from Brussels" is no Brando, but he acquits himself nicely as a cocky boxer who double-crosses a Marseilles mobster and joins the French Foreign Legion when his half-baked plan backfires with tragic consequences. Surrounded by a better than usual cast (including Steven Berkoff as a Teutonic drill sergeant, Jim Carter as the ruthless ganglord, and Nicholas Farrell as a gentleman soldier with a taste for gambling and a dark past), Van Damme's dour performance sometimes gets lost in the colorful characters around him. But that's okay--there's adventure enough to go around and he's willing to share it. The Marseilles scenes evoke a quaint movie past with their smoky bars and shadowy streets, but the film is reborn as an ambitious, stoic platoon drama in the sands of French Morocco. Legionnaire alludes to classic films from Beau Geste to Casablanca to Lawrence of Arabia, but ultimately marches its own macho course, reveling in testosterone-driven heroics and bonding-under-fire while acknowledging the irony of its colonial mission ("We're the intruders," realizes one soldier). It's a calculated risk for Van Damme (who also cowrote and coproduced), but if Legionnaire never quite grasps the epic scope it's reaching for, it remains one of his best films, a handsome, exciting, and surprisingly grim desert adventure. --Sean Axmaker

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Beau Geste" for the Modern Era Dec 29 2003
Format:DVD
I grew up watching "Beau Geste" (which is a film which deserves to be on DVD)and all other films about the French Foreign Legion fall or rise to that film's greatness. That being so, "Legionnaire" stands as a solid drama of the men who join the legion to forget their past lives and to rebuild new ones--if they survive. The film is well-crafted and the wide-screen format is perfect in bringing the viewer the feel of the desert--its vastness, its heat, and its beauty. The film's action scenes are sensational and the final battles are both memorable and brutal. Jean-Claude Van Damme proves he is more than just a good body or fighting machine--he does some fine acting in this film. One wishes that it could be seen on the large screen--it deserves it.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good,but its not like his other movies Dec 14 2003
By Chase
Format:DVD
I went the store and i saw this movie on the counter and they had Van Damnes pic on it so i got it,i watched it,I wasnt pleased,i mean the movie was excellent,but where in the hell is Van Damnes high flying kicks,I am like a huge fan of Van Damne.This is like the only movie i didnt see him do his fancy kicks.This movie is worth watching,but if u wanna see his kicks dont get this one.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Adventure Aug. 16 2002
By DH
Format:DVD
Van Damme has a few movies under his belt, but they are a mixed bunch, that's for sure. Legionnaire, however, is one of Van Damme's better movies. Van Damme plays a Frenchman who joins the Foreign Legion after a tangled love affair goes wrong. We get some action before Van Damme joins the Legion, by way of boxing matches and then we are provided with some quality military action set in the desert. I must confess to enjoying this movie. Van Damme didn't overact and he actually suited the role. His supporting cast also did a nice job. The locations were quite inspiring. The script was very cliche in parts, but was acceptable. The highlight for me was the ambush and climatic battle scene in the latter stages of the movie. They were very well done. Overall, a well done action movie set around an uncommon theme and location. Recommended.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbed of Theater Play! June 5 2002
By Timotee
Format:DVD
This immortal piece of cinema pits the genius Jean-Claude Van Damme to join the French legion. After establishing himself as "A Genius", Van Damme impersonates a French legion officer and he becomes the lone survivor after a merciless battle. I can see he was trying to be Rambo, but he fell a little short. Rambo is pretty much an icon in American history, you can't touch that. This movie should have played in the theaters instead of going straight-to-tape. Tragedy! A good effort though Van Damme.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbed of Theater Play! June 5 2002
By Timotee
Format:DVD
This immortal piece of cinema pits the genius Jean-Claude Van Damme to join the French legion. After establishing himself as "A Genius", Van Damme impersonates a French legion officer and he becomes the lone survivor after a merciless battle. I can see he was trying to be Rambo, but he fell a little short. Rambo is pretty much an icon in American history, you can't touch that. This movie should have played in the theaters instead of going straight-to-tape. Tragedy! A good effort though Van Damme.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this movie is far UNDERrated Feb. 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'd never even heard of "Legionaire" until a skit on "Saturday Night Live" (where Kris Kattan portrayed VanDamme) made fun of the fact that nobody saw this movie. I of course thought that this movie must be godawful, so I rented it just to be entertained by its horribleness. But I was amazed at what a great movie this was! It was kind of cheesy in places (like those stupid flashbacks that are supposed to be heartwarming and touching but are really just annoying) but the action sequences are really good. I'm surprised that a decent movie like this goes straight to video while other movies which are far more lame and stupid make it to the big screen. If you rent it you won't be disappointed, especially if you have low expectations to begin with
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Pas mal... Nov. 8 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Une histoire intéressante, malgré plusieurs longueurs. La fiche indiquait bien "Dubbed: French, Spanish", mais le DVD n'est qu'en anglais, sans sous-titres, ce qui m'a déçu.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong disc from manufacturer April 9 2008
By Michael
Format:DVD
The 1 star rating is not for the movie, its for a manufacturing mix up. Let me start by saying I like this movie. It's a more mature work for Van Damme and well done. I'd rate the movie 5 stars. Twice, however (once from a seller on amazon) I have purchased this disc with the intention of getting the widescreen edition with all the special features indicated on the case, only to be disappointed by discovering the full screen edition (in the sealed widescreen packaging) with virtually no special features (case indicates product #7145, disc has product #7146). The seller thankfully issued a refund and I guess I'll try again some time but probably a used copy where the content is confirmed by the seller.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
ARRAY(0xb567bc6c)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback