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Juggernaut (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  25 September 1974 (USA)
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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
Mark Burns ...
Hollingsworth
John Stride ...
Hughes
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Sidney Buckland
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Commander Marder
Jack Watson ...
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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Just one last chance to become a hero! [Clifton James] See more »

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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The film was shot mainly aboard a real ocean liner. The Hamburg had recently been sold by its German owners to the Soviet Union. Before the Soviets took delivery of the liner, they rented it to the film company. The liner was painted in the livery of a fictional shipping line, very similar to the livery used by the Soviet Morpasflot line, and renamed the Britannic. Advertisements were run in British papers, soliciting extras who would take a lengthy cruise in the North Sea for free, but with the knowledge that the ship would actually seek out the worst possible weather, as the story demanded seas too rough for the lifeboats to be lowered, trapping the passengers on board. See more »

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Major O'Neill: Hello Johnny.
Supt. John McCleod: Major. Sit down.
Major O'Neill: Thanks. Well now, who's been blowing up what?
Supt. John McCleod: What makes you think anyone has?
Major O'Neill: Well now, it can't be friendship eh? Or you wouldn't be dragging me away from my bedtime cocoa like this would you?
Supt. John McCleod: Right. I want to know who's active on the scene.
Major O'Neill: Ah yes. Well now, I'm not a grass, I don't point fingers. You must be pretty desperate, eh?
Supt. John McCleod: Yes I am. Lives at stake.
Major O'Neill: Ah yes. Let's see, I've done three years, seven to go, seven to go with a little luck and a decent home ...
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An enjoyable watch
1 January 2006 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

It is New Years' Eve and six bombs are found on-board passenger cruiser BRITTANIC, below and above sea level. The anonymous perpetrator demands 500,000 pounds (a suspiciously low sum even in 1974.) Facing choppy seas and 'force 8 winds,' the crew are unable to unload passengers into life-rafts or rescue vessels, and so a team of bomb-disposal experts are flown in.

JUGGERNAUT is a well-paced film and can boast an all-star cast. Richard Harris plays the chief expert as a world-weary drinker who been in the job too long and faced imminent death so many times that he has lost all pretence for morality. David Hemmings has a smaller role as his assistant. A younger - but still grey haired - Anthony Hopkins heads the landside manhunt for the bomber. Ian Holm puts in a lovely performance as the compassionate head of the shipping company, who insists upon paying the ransom, even as the hard-on-terrorists British government threatens to withdraw its generous tax subsidies. Michael Hordern has a cameo, as too does Julian Glover. Rounding off the cast is an understated Roy Kinnear who plays the bumbling cruise director, offering hapless pleasantries to the passengers as well as falling short of a comfort after the bombs presence on board are revealed.

This is a very British film - these is little swearing, no resolute American hero, sandwiches are the meal of choice -offered to the bomb experts and the passengers - who are told relatively early of the threat - take the news with surprising grace, the British upper-lip prevailing over the typical Hollywood hysterier or sentimentality


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