AWOL

Honour or revenge, he has no choice.
Honour or revenge, he has no choice.
AWOL - ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE (aka LIONHEART) (18)
D: Sheldon Lettich
Wrong Bet/Imperial Entertainment (Ash R. Shah & Eric Karson)
USA 🇺🇸 1990
108 mins
 
Action
 
W: Sheldon Lettich & Jean Claude Van Damme
DP: Robert C. New
Ed: Mark Conte
Mus: John Scott
 
Jean Claude Van Damme (Lyon Gaultier), Harrison Page (Joshua Eldridge), Deborah Rennard (Cynthia), Lisa Pelikan (Helene Gaultier), Ashley Johnson (Nicole Gaultier)
 
Arguably Jean Claude Van Damme's best martial arts flick. 
He plays a deserter from the Foreign Legion who becomes a bare knuckle fighter on the streets of America to raise money for his brother's family after he is attacked in a violent assault.
Like similar films of the genre, it doesn't have much by way of brains, but makes up for it with plenty of brawn and the occasional dosage of sentimentality. 
The fight scenes are very well choreographed and directed, making up for the Muscles From Brussels' lack of acting skills.
The film is also known as "Leon", or "Wrong Bet". Seemingly the production company had to market it differently in each country it was released.
6/10

Jean-Claude Van Damme in A.W.O.L.
Jean-Claude Van Damme in A.W.O.L.
Did You Know:
This film was released under one of five titles, depending on the country it was released in. It was released under the names 'Lionheart', 'Full Contact', 'A.W.O.L Absent Without Leave', 'Wrong Bet,' and 'Leon '. The film was independently funded and so was sold to various distributors throughout the world. It is therefore assumed they just picked the title that had the most impact in their respective territories.

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