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The Order (2001)

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A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.


Sheldon Lettich



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Rudy Cafmeyer
Charlton Heston ... Professor Finley
Sofia Milos ... Dalia
Brian Thompson ... Cyrus
Ben Cross ... Ben Ner
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Oscar
Sasson Gabai ... Yuri
Alon Aboutboul ... Avram
Joseph J. Tomaska Joseph J. Tomaska ... Goldman (as Joey Tomaska)
Peter Malota ... Amnon
Sharon Raginiano ... Bassam (as Sharon Reginiano)
Sami Huri ... Lieutenant Itsik
Jack Widerker Jack Widerker ... Executive
David Leitch ... Detective Mike Moran
Abdel Qissi ... Big Arab


Van Damme plays Rudy whose father, Oscar is an archaeologist. His father goes to Israel. When his father disappears, he goes to Israel to find him. The chief of police claims that his father never entered the country, but an old friend of his father's was expecting him and before he could tell him more, some people start shooting at them. He manages to get away, and when he goes back to the police chief, he still refuses to believe that a crime has been committed. He then has Rudy deported, but Rudy convinces the police woman assigned to bring him to the airport not to and help him find his father. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Irmandade See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The third time there is a fight scene in shallow water in a Sheldon Lettich film after Lionheart and Perfect Target. Also, Brian Thompson starred in all three. See more »


The sound of the police siren is not the sound used in Israel by the police. See more »


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Title Card: 1099 A.D. / It was an age of religious Crusades and Holy Wars. After a grueling four-year campaign, the Knights of Christendom finally arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. During the furious battle for the Holy City, a Flemish Knight, Charles Le Vaillant, had a life-changing epiphany.
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Underrated outstanding Van Damme direct to video action flick!
9 January 2016 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Disclaimer: If you are a viewer that mainly prefers art-house-type movies, then you might as well ignore this review. In addition, if you're not able to take a Van Damme underrated, good action flick from Sheldon Lettich, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.

The Order (2001) in my opinion is very underrated, hated and bashed Van Damme film. I love this flick to death and it is a not bad movie that was made. I love it, no matter what anyone says. This was a good action film a very underrated Van Damme film In my opinion The Order is so much better movie than Knock Off. At least I know about what is this movie about at all. I still don't know what was in Knock Off. This movie is Van Damme's last very fun/old school action film that is very underrated indeed! Brian Thompson and Abdel Qissi reprise their roles with a new characters and reunited 11.years later with Van Damme from Lionheart (1990). Here they are completely different characters since they were in that movie. I am getting this movie on Blu-ray disc in two weeks, I have pre order it and I will get it by my mail. I also have pre order it Cyborg (1989) another Underrated Van Damme film.

Pino Donaggio the same music composer did made a music and edit it for The Howling and Carrie, so that's pretty cool. The effects in here are good and I have enjoyed them so much. The Order is one of my favorite Van Damme films. Far much better than Knock Off, Derailed and Inferno aka Desert Heat! It doesn't get the attention that it deserves, especially the fight choreography. The fight scenes are well executed and exciting. Van Damme actually looks like he's having fun. You can tell he had a ball making the film: it shows through his performance. Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see him in this type of role again. Love the comedy and action in this here. The new 'zombie' Pound of Flesh (2015) Van Damme sucks. Id love to see him go back to the happy-go-lucky Van Damme from the old days.

It is a good movie to watch. This one was neutral...Not too much action, Not too much dialogue....but just right. If it were released in theaters, I bet it would have done well. This movie has a great soundtrack at the end to listen too. Van Damme is Rudy, a thief whose father has gone to Israel but disappears. Arriving in Jerusalem in order to find his dad, he must also find a sacred scroll before it falls into the wrong hands... I really have enjoyed watching this movie, I still think it is very underrated Jean-Claude Van Damme film! I don't understand why is the film so low, so bashed off and so hate it, I don't think it is a bad film! It is direct to video film, I think for the direct to video film, it is very fast paced, it is under 90 minutes. It has a lot of action, you have a car chase trough the runway airport, you have a motorcycle chase on the streets. You get a lots of fist fights, from old fashion Van Damme fighting style! You get even a small appearance from Charlton Heston for couple minutes. You have other actors and actress in here like are Ben Cross and Sofia Milos. Sofia also played in CSI: Miami as M.D.P.D Homicide - Robbery Det. Yelina Salas. This film was also directed from Sheldon Lettich who also directed Lionheart (1990) and Double Impact (1991). This is the third time Van Damme worked with same director from the previous movies they made together. They both later worked together on The Hard Corps 5.years later, another direct to video action movie that I like.

For direct to video this is far entertaining, tons of action it has Jean-Claude Van Damme the last time, that you will see him acting like he a human been! What I mean by that is, he acts like he has a lot of life too,he is up beat, he is funny, he smiles, he try's to pick up on girls, like try to get their phone number. After this he played either a zombie and dead eyes or he will be very dark, depressed damaged person, he will be sad, crying or he be frowning or he will had that awful look. This is the last time, I see Van Damme been an up beat guy that has a life too, kind of, you saw it in Double Impact I miss that old Van Damme. He made a pretty good movies in the 90's than he does today. I know he had a problems with drugs and he wasn't in the shape anymore just watch Knock Off and The Quest those movie were terrible. There are a lot Direct to Video Van Damme movies that I have enjoyed Until Death, 6 Bullets, In Hell, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Legionnare and The Shepherd: Border Patrol.

This movie get's by me 8, it is my favorite direct to video Van Damme movie, very underrated solid action flick! Does not deserve to be hated.

The Order is a 2001 American action film directed by Sheldon Lettich, and written by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who also starred in the film. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on March 12, 2002.

8/10 Grade: A Studio: TriStar Pictures Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sofia Milos, Brian Thompson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Ben Cross, Sasson Gabai Director: Sheldon Lettich Producer: Avi Lerner Screenplay: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Les Weldon Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 29 Mins. Budget: $12.000.000 Box Office: $938,456

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