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The Foreigner (2003 film)

The Foreigner is a 2003 American action thriller film starring Steven Seagal. The film was shot entirely in Warsaw, Poland, and was the first of a long string of direct-to-video films released starring Seagal from 2003 to 2009. The film recouped its budget from US home video market alone.[2]

The Foreigner
DVD cover
Directed byMichael Oblowitz
Produced byAndrew Stevens
Elie Samaha
Steven Seagal
Kamal Aboukhater
Written byDarren O. Campbell
StarringSteven Seagal
Harry Van Gorkum
Max Ryan
Music byDavid Wurst
Eric Wurst
CinematographyMichael Slovis
Edited byMichael Kuge
Distributed byColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Release date
  • January 22, 2003 (2003-01-22)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


Jonathan "Jon" Cold (Steven Seagal) is a former "foreigner", or deep cover operative who now works as a freelance agent who is frequently commissioned to deliver high-risk packages.

As Jon prepares for his father's funeral, Alexander Marquet (Philip Dunbar) asks him to take on an assignment. Jon is keen to leave the business, but he reluctantly accepts the job.

His task is to take a mysterious package from France to a wealthy man in Germany. But Jon will soon find that there are a lot of people who are determined to prevent him from doing so. Jon is accompanied by Dunoir (Max Ryan) to a farmhouse to pick up the package, and they are attacked by assassins.

Jon fights them off and decides to continue with the assignment. Leaving Dunoir behind in France, Jon heads for his father Jackson's memorial service in Warsaw, Poland, and Jon meets up with his brother Sean (Jeffrey Pierce) before continuing on to Germany.

The package turns out to contain a black box flight recorder from an aircraft that had been suspiciously downed, and the recipient – sinister industrialist Jerome Van Aken (Harry Van Gorkum) – has a vested interest in it.

Once he arrives in Germany, Jon discovers that he is being pursued by various agents and assassins, while Van Aken's wife Meredith (Anna-Louise Plowman) and CIA spook Jared Olyphant (Gary Raymond) also seem to want to get hold of the package.



A sequel to The Foreigner, titled Black Dawn, was released in 2005. Seagal's character John Cold is the only character who returns from the original.


The Foreigner was released straight to video without receiving a theatrical release.[3] It was critically panned for its nonsensical plot, poor acting, Seagal's lack of martial arts and the low-quality filmmaking, with a rating of 0% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


  1. ^ Stars, money migrate to DVD premieres Lerman, Laurence; Hettrick, Scott. Variety, suppl. DVD EXCLUSIVE®; Los Angeles (Jul 2005): 6.
  2. ^ DVD Exclusive Online. "Stars, Money Migrate To DVDP (archived)". Archived from the original on 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  3. ^ Radio Times, Dec 17 2010
  4. ^ The Foreigner – Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved Dec 17 2010

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