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.

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Jacob Gallery
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Gen. Lewis Meyers
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Overman
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Lyman George
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Dr. Nagy
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Bryant
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Yuro
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Clarence Opano
Andre Philippe ...
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Sarah
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Sub used by Gallery is ex WW2 sub type See more »

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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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Out of the millions and millions of possible candidates, they pick Jacob Gallery?!
1 November 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this movie, the US as well as China and one of its allies are trying to get to some lost experimental military hardware in the Pacific. However, instead of coming to blows, the Chinese have a proposal-- each side send a soldier to a barren island and the winner take all. The US agrees, as they don't want a showdown with China. However, their choice of men is inexplicable...Jacob Gallery (Darren McGavin). This aging mercenary was chosen over any in the Special Forces and you see this as a weakness in the script. Why Gallery?! Why a 48 year-old actor?! Apparently, the director didn't like what he saw either and chose to do what some directors when they hate their films...they refuse to put their name on it and instead it says 'Allen Smithee'--a euphemism widely understood within the industry. You can only assume he did this in protest to meddling by the production company--such as re- editing his film or making him shoot a different ending or something like that.

Now is this to say it's a bad film? No. It's not bad apart from the stupid casting decision. However it IS slow. After all, with such a simple plot it's hard to pad it all out to a movie time slot. Overall, worth seeing but hardly one of the best installments of "The ABC Movie of the Week".


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