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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
Mark Burns ...
Hollingsworth
John Stride ...
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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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25 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

On one of its fly pasts, the Hercules aircraft carrying the bomb disposal team has its rear tail door in the fully open position, yet the next scene is of the rear door being opened. See more »

Quotes

[Fallon and Braddock are trying to disable two of the bombs. Braddock's hand slips while turning a screw]
Charlie Braddock: I don't even know the man and he's trying to kill me.
Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon: Haven't I told you about death? It's nature's way of saying you're in the wrong job.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Meteor (2009) See more »

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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Tough, unforgiving, unsentimental suspense thriller...
4 October 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Richard Lester directed this mad-bomber saga with such a cold, jaded eye, one might assume his approach totally unsympathetic or indifferent. Instead of being heartless, Lester is actually straightforward and compact, and the film is very involving. A transatlantic ocean-liner with 1200 people aboard no sooner leaves England's port then a genius-psychotic alerts the ship's representative that 7 booby-trapped bombs are set to go off in a matter of hours if he's not paid a fortune in ransom. Getting the bomb-experts aboard the ship via parachutes was a great touch--though once they're all in place, the movie has to bide a lot of time until the inevitable wire-cutting gets under way. Still, this is an exciting journey, filmed in bleak, damp colors, and Lester has done a terrific job at scaling down his actors. Omar Sharif (looking sensational in his Captain's uniform) had not been this real and human in years; Richard Harris, though he does his usual drinking and spouting off, successfully portrays the chief bomb-detonator as a swaggering man awash in a series of inconsistencies, acting with focus and tightly-wound energy. Good show! **1/2 from ****


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