Maximum Risk

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Maximum Risk
Maximum Risk Poster.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Ringo Lam
Produced by Moshe Diamant
Written by Larry Ferguson
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Natasha Henstridge
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited by Bill Pankow
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $51,702,483

Maximum Risk is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Hong Kong director Ringo Lam in his American directorial debut, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge. The film was released in the United States on September 13, 1996.[1]


Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a cop in Nice, France. Alain is at a funeral that is being held for a fellow cop, when Alain’s partner Sebastien (Jean-Hugues Anglade) shows up, and requests for his presence at a crime scene. When they arrive, Sebastien shows Alain a dead body of someone that looks exactly like him. They discover that his name was Mikhail Suvorov, who was born on exactly the same day Alain was. As it turns out, Mikhail is the twin brother Alain never knew he had.

Tracing his brother's steps back to New York City, Alain discovers that Mikhail was a member of the Russian Mafia, who was chased down and killed when he attempted to get out. Of course, now Alain is mistaken for Mikhail, who was also mixed up in a series of affairs concerning the FBI and the Russian mafia. With his only real ally being Mikhail's fiancé Alex Bartlett (Natasha Henstridge), Alain sets out to avenge his brother's death, which is complicated not only by the Mafia, but by two corrupt FBI agents.



Maximum Risk opened on September 13, 1996, at the number 1 spot at the box office, taking in $5,612,707 in its first weekend, and made a final tally of just $14,502,483.[2]

Critics were mixed on the movie, noting that as a Ringo Lam film it was a disappointment when compared to his earlier work, while as a Van Damme feature it was better than average and probably one of his best films.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Jean-Claude Van Damme". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. ^ "'Risk,' 'Fly Away' Draw Top Spots at Box Office". The Los Angeles Times. 1996-09-16. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  3. ^ Klady, Leonard (1996-09-16). "Maximum Risk". Variety. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Maximum Risk". Washington Post. 1997-03-11. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 

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