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On 9 Nov 1990, DV announced the 4 Nov 1990 start of principal photography. The 23 Aug 1990 DV estimated the film’s budget at $15 million. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Van Damme achieved the illusion of twins using split-screen techniques and three body doubles, one of whom shared the actor’s kickboxing method, one that could imitate his “arm and fist techniques,” and another who looked identical from the back. Filming took place on locations in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Director Sheldon Lettich noted that Hong Kong’s stunt doubles and martial artists are less fearful of injury, enabling them to take greater risks on screen than their western counterparts. The picture marked the first onscreen love scene played by Van Damme.
       Double Impact opened 9 Aug 1991 to mixed reviews. While the 9 Aug 1991 LAT stated that the film “delivers the goods,” the 9 Aug 1991 Var predicted a short theatrical run, due to its “tedious” plot line.
       The 4 Sep 1991 DV reported gross earnings of $23,683,813 for the first twenty-five days, with declining receipts over the ensuing weeks.
       End credits include the following statements: "Special thanks to Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland, N.V. for its financing and assistance"; "Special thanks to Frank Dux's Samurai Connection, North Hollywood, ... More Less

On 9 Nov 1990, DV announced the 4 Nov 1990 start of principal photography. The 23 Aug 1990 DV estimated the film’s budget at $15 million. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Van Damme achieved the illusion of twins using split-screen techniques and three body doubles, one of whom shared the actor’s kickboxing method, one that could imitate his “arm and fist techniques,” and another who looked identical from the back. Filming took place on locations in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Director Sheldon Lettich noted that Hong Kong’s stunt doubles and martial artists are less fearful of injury, enabling them to take greater risks on screen than their western counterparts. The picture marked the first onscreen love scene played by Van Damme.
       Double Impact opened 9 Aug 1991 to mixed reviews. While the 9 Aug 1991 LAT stated that the film “delivers the goods,” the 9 Aug 1991 Var predicted a short theatrical run, due to its “tedious” plot line.
       The 4 Sep 1991 DV reported gross earnings of $23,683,813 for the first twenty-five days, with declining receipts over the ensuing weeks.
       End credits include the following statements: "Special thanks to Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland, N.V. for its financing and assistance"; "Special thanks to Frank Dux's Samurai Connection, North Hollywood, California." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Aug 1990.
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Daily Variety
9 Nov 1990.
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Daily Variety
16 Nov 1990.
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Daily Variety
4 Dec 1990.
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Daily Variety
4 Sep 1991.
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Daily Variety
10 Sep 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 1991
p. 5, 18.
Los Angeles Times
9 Aug 1991
p. 12.
New York Times
9 Aug 1991
p. 8.
Variety
9 Aug 1991
p. 44.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Stone Group Pictures Presents
An Ashok Amritraj/Jean-Claude Van Damme Production
A film by Sheldon Lettich
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
Unit prod mgr (USA)
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit (L.A.) 2d asst dir
Prod mgr, Hong Kong tech crew
Unit prod mgr, Hong Kong tech crew
1st asst dir, Hong Kong tech crew
2d asst dir, Hong Kong tech crew
1st asst dir, 2d unit Hong Kong
2d asst dir, 2d unit Hong Kong
2d 2d asst dir, 2d unit Hong Kong
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod, Hong Kong
Supv prod
Line prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Screen story by
Screen story by
Screen story by
Screen story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op (Hong Kong)
Cam op (Los Angeles)
Addl op
1st asst cam (Hong Kong)
1st asst cam (Los Angeles)
1st asst cam (Los Angeles)
1st asst cam (Los Angeles)
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Still photog (Hong Kong)
Still photog (Los Angeles)
Gaffer
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip (Hong Kong)
Key grip (Los Angeles)
2d company grip
Cam op, Hong Kong tech crew
Cam op, Hong Kong tech crew
Cam op, Hong Kong tech crew
1st asst cam, Hong Kong tech crew
1st asst cam, Hong Kong tech crew
2d asst cam, Hong Kong tech crew
2d asst cam, Hong Kong tech crew
Gaffer, Hong Kong tech crew
Best boy elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Elec, Hong Kong tech crew
Generator op, Hong Kong tech crew
Dolly grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Best boy grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Grip, Hong Kong tech crew
Dir of photog, 2d unit Hong Kong
Cam op, 2d unit Hong Kong
2d asst cam, 2d unit Hong Kong
2d asst dir, 2d unit Hong Kong
Loader, 2d unit Hong Kong
Grip, 2d unit Hong Kong
Grip, 2d unit Hong Kong
Elec, 2d unit Hong Kong
Elec, 2d unit Hong Kong
Projection company
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Story boards
Prod illustrator
Art dir, Hong Kong tech crew
Asst art dir, Hong Kong tech crew
Asst art dir, Hong Kong tech crew
Art dept coord, Hong Kong tech crew
FILM EDITORS
Exec in charge of post prod
Addl ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst film ed (Hong Kong)
Asst film ed (Hong Kong)
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst set dec
Leadman
Key swing
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
On set dresser/Standby painter
Prop master
Prop asst
Prop asst
Const coord (Hong Kong)
Const coord (Hong Kong)
Const foreman (Los Angeles)
Const foreman (Hong Kong)
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter's helper
Carpenter's helper
Lead painter
Painter
Plasterer
Set dec, Hong Kong tech crew
Draughtsman, Hong Kong tech crew
Draughtsman, Hong Kong tech crew
Propsman, Hong Kong tech crew
Propsman, Hong Kong tech crew
Standby carpenter, Hong Kong tech crew
Standby painter, Hong Kong tech crew
Leadman, Hong Kong tech crew
Swing gang lead, Hong Kong tech crew
Swing gang, Hong Kong tech crew
Swing gang, Hong Kong tech crew
Asst film ed (Hong Kong)
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv (Hong Kong)
Ward supv (Hong Kong)
Costumer
Costumer
Ward supv, Hong Kong tech crew
Ward supv, Hong Kong tech crew
Ward asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Ward asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Ward asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Ward asst, 2d unit Hong Kong
MUSIC
Mus prod coord
Orch rec by
Orch rec by Glen Neibur
Salt Lake City, Utah
Orch cond
Orch contractor
Synthesizers performed by
Asst eng
Percussion rec by
Percussion rec by Wayne Cook
Mus consultant
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Cableman (Hong Kong)
Supv sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
ADR ed
Sd eff asst
Sd eff asst
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley rec/ed
Apprentice
Voice group coord
Re-rec facility
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Spec eff asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Spec eff interpreter, Hong Kong tech crew
Spec eff interpreter, Hong Kong tech crew
Projection company
Spec eff coord (Hong Kong)
Spec eff coord (Los Angeles)
Spec eff (Hong Kong)
Spec eff (Hong Kong)
Spec eff (Hong Kong)
Spec eff (Los Angeles)
Spec eff (Los Angeles)
Spec eff (Los Angeles)
Visual eff through
Supv/D.P.
Motion control by
Rear screen projection by
Visual EFX des by
Visual EFX prod and supv by
Visual EFX prod and supv by
Loc motion control crew
Loc motion control crew
Loc motion control crew
Loc motion control crew
Loc motion control crew
Video assist
Opt supv
Opt cam
Opt cam
Opt cam
Opt line-up
Opt line-up
Split screen artist
Roto op
Contact printing
Contact printing
Opt col timing
EFX coord
Main title des
DANCE
Fight choreog by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Asst make-up
Hairstylist
Asst hair
Make-up asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Hair asst, Hong Kong tech crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod supv
Prod coord (Hong Kong)
Prod coord (Los Angeles)
Asst coord (Los Angeles)
Prod controller
Prod accountant
Asst accountant (Hong Kong)
Asst accountant (Los Angeles)
Asst to Mr. Van Damme
Asst to Mr. Van Damme
Asst to Mr. Lettich
Asst to Mr. Lettich
Dial coach
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Const driver
Craft service
First aid
Los Angeles catering
Cook driver
Cook asst
Extras casting
Extras casting, Casting Group
Loc mgr, Hong Kong tech crew
Loc asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Loc asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Hong Kong casting, Hong Kong tech crew
Hong Kong casting, Hong Kong tech crew
Hong Kong casting asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Hong Kong casting asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod coord, Hong Kong tech crew
Asst auditor, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod secy, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod secy, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Prod asst, Hong Kong tech crew
Transportation coord, Hong Kong tech crew
Capt, Hong Kong tech crew
Co-capt, Hong Kong tech crew
Caterer, Hong Kong tech crew
Craft service, Hong Kong tech crew
Nurse, Hong Kong tech crew
Scr supv, 2d unit Hong Kong
Loc/Unit mgr, 2d unit Hong Kong
Set prod asst, 2d unit Hong Kong
Nurse, 2d unit Hong Kong
Unit pub (Hong Kong)
Loc mgr
Casting asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Exec in charge of prod
Accounting
Accounting
Accounting
Insurance provided by
Completion services
Tech crew and equip in Hong Kong provided by
Mgr, The Double Impact Production Contractors
STAND INS
Stunt coord (USA)
Stunt coord (Hong Kong)
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt double
Stunt double
Photo double
Photo double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Negative film stock
Negative film stock
Col timer
Col by
Prints by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Give In To Me,” music by Gen, lyrics by Gen and Cheryl X, produced by Gen, performed by Cheryl X, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Get On It,” written, produced and performed by Gen, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Feel The Impact,” written, produced and performed by Gen, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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SONGS
“Give In To Me,” music by Gen, lyrics by Gen and Cheryl X, produced by Gen, performed by Cheryl X, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Get On It,” written, produced and performed by Gen, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Feel The Impact,” written, produced and performed by Gen, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
“Some Of That,” written, produced and performed by Gen, Third Stone from the Middle/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
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PERFORMERS
COMPOSERS
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 August 1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 9 August 1991
New York opening: week of 9 August 1991
Production Date:
began 4 November 1990
Physical Properties:
Sound
Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo SR™ in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Panaflex® cameras and lenses through Panavision® Hong Kong, Panavision® Los Angeles
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31084
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1960s Hong Kong, British businessmen Paul D. Wagner and Nigel Griffith preside over the opening of a traffic tunnel through Victoria Harbor to the Chinese mainland. Also in attendance are Wagner’s wife, Katherine, and their twin infant sons, Alex and Chad. Following the ceremony, the Wagner family is ambushed by henchmen of crime boss Raymond Zhang, who is in league with Nigel Griffith. Although the Wagners’ bodyguard, Frank Avery, arrives too late to save Paul and Katherine, he is able to rescue Chad, while the children’s nurse hides Alex in a Catholic orphanage. Twenty-five years later, Frank runs a health club in Los Angeles, California, employing Chad as an instructor in aerobics and karate. Frank informs Chad of his Hong Kong origins and takes the young man on a trip to his homeland. They visit a mahjong parlor, where several patrons seem to recognize Chad, including a beautiful woman named Danielle Wilde. She invites Chad to a room at the rear of the parlor, where he is knocked unconscious by Danielle’s jealous boyfriend, Alex Wagner. When Chad awakens, Frank introduces the brothers, neither of whom were aware of the other’s existence. Frank explains how their late father partnered with Nigel Griffith to complete the Victoria Harbor tunnel, unaware that Griffith partially funded the project with money borrowed from crime lord Mr. Zhang. Upon completion of the tunnel, Paul Wagner’s expertise was no longer needed, and Griffith conspired with Zhang to assassinate him. Although Danielle works for Griffith, and Alex considers Zhang a formidable enemy, he joins forces with his brother, Chad, and Frank to claim ownership of ... +


In 1960s Hong Kong, British businessmen Paul D. Wagner and Nigel Griffith preside over the opening of a traffic tunnel through Victoria Harbor to the Chinese mainland. Also in attendance are Wagner’s wife, Katherine, and their twin infant sons, Alex and Chad. Following the ceremony, the Wagner family is ambushed by henchmen of crime boss Raymond Zhang, who is in league with Nigel Griffith. Although the Wagners’ bodyguard, Frank Avery, arrives too late to save Paul and Katherine, he is able to rescue Chad, while the children’s nurse hides Alex in a Catholic orphanage. Twenty-five years later, Frank runs a health club in Los Angeles, California, employing Chad as an instructor in aerobics and karate. Frank informs Chad of his Hong Kong origins and takes the young man on a trip to his homeland. They visit a mahjong parlor, where several patrons seem to recognize Chad, including a beautiful woman named Danielle Wilde. She invites Chad to a room at the rear of the parlor, where he is knocked unconscious by Danielle’s jealous boyfriend, Alex Wagner. When Chad awakens, Frank introduces the brothers, neither of whom were aware of the other’s existence. Frank explains how their late father partnered with Nigel Griffith to complete the Victoria Harbor tunnel, unaware that Griffith partially funded the project with money borrowed from crime lord Mr. Zhang. Upon completion of the tunnel, Paul Wagner’s expertise was no longer needed, and Griffith conspired with Zhang to assassinate him. Although Danielle works for Griffith, and Alex considers Zhang a formidable enemy, he joins forces with his brother, Chad, and Frank to claim ownership of their father’s legacy. The next day, Chad and Frank join Alex on his boat. Zhang’s henchmen deliver two Mercedes-Benz automobiles, laden with stolen goods, to be sold on the black market. When a pair of police boats appear in the distance, the gangsters assume Alex is an informant, resulting in a martial arts battle. Once the gangsters are defeated, Chad pushes the cars into the harbor and ignites their fuel tanks with gunshots. The following day, Chad is abducted by Zhang, who mistakes him for Alex. The crime lord offers Chad a job in his heroin operation, which Chad beligerently refuses. Moon, a muscular, scarfaced henchman, defends Zhang’s honor by beating Chad unconscious and leaving him in a shipping container. After Chad relates his experience to Alex and Frank, they relocate to an abandoned hotel across the harbor. Meanwhile, at Nigel Griffith’s office, Danielle searches archived files for information connecting the tycoon to Zhang, raising the suspicion of Griffith’s bodyguard, Kara. Through his black market connections, Alex assembles an arsenal of firearms and explosives to destroy Zhang’s heroin factory. That night, the brothers quietly begin their invasion, placing explosive charges around the factory. Alex is confronted by a guard, prompting Chad to respond with gunfire. Following a fierce gun battle, the brothers escape in a truck as Frank detonates the bombs by remote control. The next day, Danielle informs Alex of a business meeting Nigel Griffith plans to attend that evening at Zhang’s Klimax Klub. Hours later, in a private banquet room at the club, Griffith, Zhang, and their associates toast their latest investment, the Golden Glory, a ship built to deliver heroin to the United States. Griffith holds one of his associates responsible for the factory’s destruction, and Kara kills the innocent man. Alex delivers a case of cognac to the club, and when it is placed in the banquet room, Frank detonates the bomb hidden inside. Zhang, Griffith, and Kara emerge unharmed, and as a martial arts battle rages in the club, they discover that Alex has a twin. The following day, Danielle telephones Chad, saying she has found documentation of her employer’s criminal activities. Griffith, Zhang, and Kara monitor the conversation as Chad instructs Danielle to meet him at the mahjong parlor. Unable to locate Alex and Frank, Chad goes to Danielle’s rescue alone. When Alex learns of the meeting between Chad and Danielle, he is overcome by jealousy and drinks heavily. Gangsters descend on the mahjong parlor and pursue Chad and Danielle to the waterfront, where they escape in Alex’s boat. Griffith follows in a helicopter and discover the twins’ hideout. Meanwhile, the drunken Alex imagines Chad making love to Danielle, and when they return to the hotel, Alex slaps Danielle, triggering a fight between the brothers. Frank intervenes and separates the twins for the night. In the morning, armed commandos invade the beach. Frank and Danielle are taken prisoner aboard Zhang’s ship for questioning, but refuse to divulge the twins’ location. After Chad and Alex defeat Zhang’s commandoes, they learn of their friends’ abduction by the lone survivor. The brothers fight their way onto the ship as Frank is tortured with a steam pipe. Speaking to the twins through a public address system, Nigel Griffith convinces Chad and Alex that he has killed Frank, and will do the same to Danielle unless they surrender. The brothers’ refusal pleases Griffith, who believes he is drawing them into a trap. Chad is intercepted by Moon, armed with barrels of flammable liquid. The ensuing kickboxing battle results in Moon’s electrocution as he falls onto a circuit box. Sparks ignite the flammable liquid and cause a massive explosion in the hull. Certain that the Wagner twins are dead, Griffith leaves Frank to die, and Danielle to be raped by one of his thugs. Alex comes to their rescue, but is thwarted by Kara, who places him in a chokehold with her thighs. He breaks free and kills Kara with her own knife. Alex pursues Zhang along the waterfront, while Chad and Danielle search for Griffith. The tycoon attempts to crush Chad and Danielle with a shipping container, but Chad retaliates by manning a crane and dropping the container on Griffith. Alex corners Zhang on a winch, perched high above the wharf. The crime lord offers half of his empire, but Alex chooses to avenge his father and throws Zhang to his death. Afterward, the twins reunite with Frank and Danielle. Chad gives the “OK” sign as Alex and Danielle embrace. +

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