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Juggernaut (1974)

A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.

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Captain Alex Brunel
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Charlie Braddock
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Barbara Bannister
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Nicholas Porter
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Corrigan
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Social Director Curtain
Caroline Mortimer ...
Susan McLeod
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Hollingsworth
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Hughes
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Sidney Buckland
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Commander Marder
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Chief Engineer Mallicent
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Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with 1200 passengers. He is asking for a £500,000 ransom, otherwise the 7 bombs aboard will explode. An experienced anti-bomb squad is sent to the "Britannic", but although all the bombs are located, a very high skill level will be necessary to dismantle them. Perhaps that task is impossible... Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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bomb | ransom | demand | passenger | sea | See All (201) »

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Pay Me 1 1/2 Million Dollars By Dawn or the World's Greatest Liner Will Rip Open Like a Can of Sardines and 1200 People Will Die - Juggernaut See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The office used for the scenes involving the managing director of the shipping line was actually a room in St Thomas' Hospital in Lambeth, overlooking the River Thames. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Juggernaut calls Porter to tell him about the bombs on board the ship. Juggernaut continues to speak in the present, but the visual is showing events from the future. First there is a visual of a written communication that there are bombs on the ship. Next there is a visual of the ship captain,calmly enjoying a conversation, appearing to be informed there are bombs on the ship. Next the crew searches and finds the containers with the explosives. Then Juggernaut still speaking in the present says that to prove he is serious, a sample explosion will happen "now" and the visual cuts to a couple of large explosions, throwing a couple of men in the air. Based on the timing of the present Juggernaut conversation, the large explosions would have occurred a long time before the opportunity for Porter to report to the ship that there are bombs on board and captain would have been made aware of the problem by the unexpected and large explosions. See more »

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Barbara Banister: Do you think the water will be very cold?
Social Director Curtain: In my professional opinion: not hot. And it will ruin your hair.
Barbara Banister: In your professional capacity, shouldn't you be cheering us up?
Social Director Curtain: Well, there are no icebergs.
Barbara Banister: [looks at Captain Brunel] Correction.
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played by a band when the Britannic is leaving port
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Well worth a watch!
20 July 2005 | by (Gibraltar) – See all my reviews

Actually, not a bad film at all: the ever reliable Richard Harris (probably getting warmed up for his Rafer Janders role in WILDGEESE) steals the show playing the slightly cynical, cocky bomb disposal trouble shooter whose tired of life and doesn't know who the good guy's are anymore! He plays the part well and is supported by Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, Omar Sharif and a huge assortment of fine British character actors.

There is no nudity, profanity, endless gun battles nor a huge body count but a lot of dialog, so anybody under the age of the 35 will be bored stiff and consequently unable to follow the movie! In addition because it was made in 1974 there is no scenes with anybody tapping away on a computer or cell phones going off all the time and lastly no American squared-jawed tough guy to save the day. Fashions and hairstyles can all come back into favor I suppose but to me the most dated part of the film was when one of the support staff back at central command was drawing the bomb on a black board with chalk! That type of support would be utterly ludicrous today in the light of new technology. Never the less it's well paced, engrossing and a very under valued 70's thriller which I would certainly recommend!

The DVD has been restored to full grace and viewers can see at first hand the gray miserable weather that you can get around the British Isles, as well as the outrageous fashions and hairstyles way back then. It's well worth a rent for all of the above! (Note: in the 1980's TV series MACGUYVER there was an episode where they ripped off the plot from this movie.)


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