The Challenge (1970)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  10 February 1970 (USA)
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Gallery, a US commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed US space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.


(as Alan Smithee)


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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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Action | Drama | Thriller





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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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Did You Know?


This was Paul Lukas's final acting role before his death on August 15, 1971 at the age of 80. See more »


For about three minutes in the film, some tree brush is seen hanging off the camera in the upper left corner and it remains there for the three minutes putting it over every shot, only once disappearing slightly when it appears to either be blown slightly off or pulled back by a crewman, but not fully. See more »

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2 May 2002 | by (miami fla) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it originally aired in 1970, and I loved it. I also remember the trailers from the week before that centered around the weapon Gallery used (a double barreled sub-machine gun),really cool ! The idea that two countries would decide to settle their differences and avoid all out war by choosing their toughest soldier to fight it out on a deserted island was great. Sadly, both sides plot to stack the deck and keep an ace up their sleeve, a starkly realistic twist. I've been trying to get a tape of this movie for twenty years, and will gladly pay a reasonable finders fee for a copy.

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