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The Quest (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 April 1996 (USA)
A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.

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Frank Dux (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Christopher Dubois
Roger Moore ... Lord Edgar Dobbs
James Remar ... Maxie Devine
Janet Gunn ... Carrie Newton
Jack McGee ... Harry Smythe
Aki Aleong ... Khao
Abdel Qissi ... Khan (Mongolian Fighter)
Louis Mandylor ... Riggi
Chang Ching Peng Chaplin Chang Ching Peng Chaplin ... Master Tchi
Ryan Cutrona ... Officer O'Keefe
Shane Meier ... Red
Matt Lyon Matt Lyon ... Billy
Jen Sung ... Phang (Siamese Fighter) (as Jen Sung Outerbridge)
Peter Wong Peter Wong ... Chinese Fighter
Kitao Koji ... Sumo Wrestler
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Storyline

Christopher Dubois embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris' journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trodden by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character, and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over ... Written by Tim Kroll <tkroll@chs.cusd.cusd.claremont.edu>

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He never gave up in his Quest to reclaim his Honor. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and martial arts fights | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kalandor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,029,120, 28 April 1996

Gross USA:

$21,686,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,400,547
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Claude Van Damme and James Remar appeared in movies based on video games. Van Damme played Guile in Street Fighter (1994), and Remar played Lord Rayden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). See more »

Goofs

On the Region 1 DVD in the special features it has a filmography for Jean Claude Van Damme the first film on which is Abominable (1998), however that film never got past the planning stages and at the time was listed as an in-production project for him until around 2000. See more »

Quotes

Lord Edgar Dobbs: Chris! We were looking for you, weren't we?
Harry Smythe: Hmm, we were looking for you.
Lord Edgar Dobbs: Good to see you again, my boy. You got a little muscle, now famous. I always said you'd make it, right?
Harry Smythe: Hmm.
Christopher Dubois: You owe me.
Lord Edgar Dobbs: Yes, I do, Chris. And I always repay my debts. What do you want?
Christopher Dubois: The Golden Dragon.
Lord Edgar Dobbs: The Golden what?
Christopher Dubois: The Golden Dragon in the Lost City.
Lord Edgar Dobbs: Lost City?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Despite its PG-13 rating in the US, this film was rated 18 in the UK, and the video version had a double earclap removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Viva Brazil
Written and Produced by Elton Ahi (as Elton F. Ahi)
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Passable martial arts flick
14 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Quest is an odd mix of martial arts and epic adventure. Its running time is too short for it to be deemed a true epic, but the panoramic worldwide locations hint that Van Damme was trying to give it the flavour of an epic.

It's a painfully simplistic story. Young American pickpocket Chris (Van Damme) has to flee from New York in the 1920s after a botched robbery. He ends up on a pirate ship headed for the Orient. Soon, he is rescued by another ship (another pirate vessel, this time captained by gentleman buccaneer Roger Moore). Moore drops him off on a Thai island where young men are trained as fighters, and before long young Chris is a very handy fighter indeed, with aspirations to win an ancient golden dragon in a fighting competition. The final third of the film is comprised entirely of fight sequences in which competitors from various nations combat each other in an effort to take the ultimate prize.

The film marked Van Damme's directorial debut, and he gives it a lovely sense of scale and period but can't wring much out of the thin and obvious story. The backdrops pictured in the film are beautiful. Some of the martial arts moments are well choreographed. Roger Moore gives a surprisingly thoughtful and moving performance. Beyond that, it's very childish and simple-minded and doesn't contain enough memorable moments to be anything other than a passable time filler.


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