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Desert Heat
Desert Heat
Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Larry Drake
Director: John G. Avildsen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 35min

Loner Eddie Lomax rides to the last outpost of an abondoned desert highway, prepared to end it all. But when a gang steals his prized cycle and leaves him for dead, Eddie's life is saved by a soul mate from his past and he...  more »

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Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Larry Drake
Director: John G. Avildsen
Creators: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bennett R. Specter, Evzen Kolar, Jay Sedrish, Joseph Merhi, Lawrence Levy, Tom O'Rourke
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/28/1999
Original Release Date: 09/25/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 09/25/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

Kyle Jones | Seattle, WA United States | 06/17/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie tried hard to be more than a genre martial arts movie, but the screenplay was too weak. The women characters, one and all, fell for Van Damme like coconuts from a tree. The villains were so dumb that Van Damme nearly succeeded in getting them to kill themselves off halfway through the movie. Given the weak plot I kept expecting decent fight scenes to liven things up, but there were none. I repeat, there were no good fight scenes, and this is an action movie! None of the villains had martial arts skills to speak of, so watching Van Damme fight them was like watching a man beat a dog with a tire iron.As for Van Damme's so-called acting, his character, Eddie Lomax, lacked credible motivation. Lomax was supposed to be suicidal but Van Damme just couldn't sell it. Lomax was a physical specimen, with women falling at his feet. He moved and fought like a commando, and had Mystical Indian Powers. And yet he couldn't think of a single reason to go on living? After watching him wallow in self-pity in the desert I wanted to shoot him myself. After Lomax takes the beating, heals and heads out for revenge, he kills the villains so dispassionately that you'd think he'd beaten them out of their beer money instead of snuffed out their lives.I am a Van Damme fan. I paid $4 to rescue this movie from the bargain bin. I regret to say that I paid too much. Well, maybe not; I can reuse the tape."
A Motorcycle...Van Damme...Alcohol...Does it get any better?
Jimmy Lee | Manhasset, N.Y. United States | 03/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of those Van damme movies where u either hate or u love it...In my case i happen to love it. After riding through the desert....van damme is shot and left to die by some washed up rednecks.. Van damme wakes up and finds his motorcycle stolen!!! Van Damme of course gets a tad angry and goes on a rampage to find his motorcycle....there are motorcycle chases, fighting, rednecks, and whole alot of alcohol...There are also some special apearances like Jamie Presely, and Mr. Miagi from the Karate Kid..Great movie....u might wanna rent it first...unless ur a harcore van damme fan like me....just buy the movie and take my word for it..!!!"
Van Damme Like Never Before
Jimmy Lee | 04/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With regular Jean-Claude Van Damme movies I expect a movie with no plot and pointless action, but Desert Heat was a hysterical action packed adventure of suicidal loner Eddie Lomax (Van Damme) on persuit to reclaim his motorcycle from a gang of vicious outbackers. Meeting along the way unforgetable characters and of course killing those who got in his way. Van Damme actually does some good acting in this movie with punch lines that kept me laughing the whole time (ex."can't we all just get along") Those who expect regular Van Damme martial arts to used in this movie will be surprised because Van Damme uses character development and revenge as more of an approch to the key eliment in this movie (except for the end). I loved Desert Heat and recommend it to those who like funny action movies that are very entertaining!"
A 180 degree turn from the usual jean claude movie
Jimmy Lee | 10/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie starts of very slowly and some what confusing. But the second half of the movie is great. It's like a client eastwood western but with a motorcycle instead of a horses. i don't want to spoil the movie but it about a man eddie(jean-claude) wants to take the journey(death). but wants to get his war friends permission so they can both take the journey. Eddie is giving his friend a gift and it gets stolen, along with his 45m. Then gets back these items along with bringing joy to the town in an unusual way. this movie is a great movie with odd ball characters and i do mean odd ball characters. its a mix between a western, boogie nights, and a jean claude film. all these add up to a great film."