Lionheart (1991)

Rated R for a few toss-outs of bleepable words.

How disappointing. It’s Halloween today and this movie was supposed to be frightening(ly bad), but it’s actually…pretty (bloody) good. That doesn’t mean “Lyon’eart” isn’t without a great many flaws. We touched on plenty of those with vim and also vigour. Jean-Claude Van Damme does okay work in the leading role and the AWOL’er is suitably handsome & chiseled. But JCVD is also the blonde-babe-avoider, the prude who would rather kick people and stalk his family than relax and make out with JR’s secretary. We have a theory as to how he could resist this sexy and oh so willing woman. So hit that button to hear us justify how this is an MMA movie (stop arguing, it kinda is!), but don’t forget that at the 43-minute mark we segue into a gab about our favourite horror flicks and our most horrifying scary-movie moments.

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Pedantry Alert: We said that JCVD is “playing a French guy”, but of course everyone—including us SATM’ers—knows he’s from Belgium (as in, “The Muscles From A Certain City In Belgium”), not France.


Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1991 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1991 in film

Links to: The Karate Kid and Rocky and Rocky IV and Bloodsport and Fight Club and JCVD

YouTube links: Lyon fights his fellow Legionnaires and the low-blow win and the “pretty woman” sequence and the climactic fight with Atilla and the stupid ending

Our horror faves: Jaws and Alien and The Shining and Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Night Of The Living Dead and The Evil Dead and The Ring and It and Arachnophobia and The Thing

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