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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.


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Army Colonel
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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 <>

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Paul Lukas's final acting role before his death on August 15, 1971 at the age of 80. See more »


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A Gem Cut With Stars!
7 March 2002 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I was a dumb 15 year-old kid when this movie was aired and, boy, did it ever impress me. Not only was it a mind-tripper at the time as far as plot and action, but this piece of art introduced me to Darren McGavin, treated me with the likes of James Whitmore, Mako and Broderick Crawford, and presented future biggies Sam Elliot and Adolph Caesar (who knew?!) Also appearing is the great Joe Bernard, supporting actor icon. Neat twists throughout the flick and its ending just about killed me. I rate this work as essential viewing in the same vein as "Fail-Safe" and "Ice Station Zebra". Sure do wish I could feast my eyes on it again. Come to think of it, I'll bet something like this has probably already happened in our lifetime. Chilling, man!

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