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The Challenge (1970)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | War  -  10 February 1970 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Gallery
Gen. Lewis Meyers
Skip Homeier ...
Lyman George
Dr. Nagy
Clarence Opano
Andre Philippe ...
Swiss Official
Arianne Ulmer ...
Davis Roberts ...
Byron Morrow ...
Defense Secretary
Bill Zuckert ...
Army Colonel
Joseph Bernard ...
Gene LeBell ...
Karate Instructor


All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Drama | War





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10 February 1970 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dandy pilot for a Darren McGavin series called "Gallery"
8 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

McGavin was 47 when he made this terrific little film.

No TV actor was as good at these roles as McGavin. He was the TV equivalent of Steve McQueen or Lee Marvin, both of whom were also veterans of TV. "The Challenge" could have made a strong theatrical movie for McQueen or Marvin. It could still be remade today.

McGavin had already starred in four television series at this point.

McGavin had starred the previous season in "The Outsider", as ex-con private investigator David Ross. This was one of the finest private eye series. Roy Huggins, who created and produced the series, later retooled it as "The Rockford Files".

After "The Challenge", McGavin made two other exceptional Movies of the Week: "Tribes" and "The Night Stalker". These were better films than most movie stars were making at the time.

When the "Gallery" pilot didn't sell, McGavin immediately signed on for another pilot where he played a spy named Killian. The TV movie was called "Berlin Affair". When someone asked him if the film was cloak and dagger, McGavin said it was more "girl on arm". That pilot didn't sell either.

I read once that McGavin turned down the lead in "Hogan's Heros" (1965-1971). He could have been dazzling in that role.

But in 1965 McGavin did sign on to star in a pilot of "From Here to Eternity". McGavin would have played the Burt Lancaster role of Sergeant Warden. Another tantalizing might have been.

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