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A Force of One (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  June 1979 (USA)
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When the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kickboxer is hired to assist them.

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James Whitmore Jr. ...
Moskowitz
Clint Ritchie ...
Melrose
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Lisa James ...
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Chu Chu Malave ...
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Kevin Geer ...
Johnson
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A team of undercover narcotics agents is conducting an investigation when things mysteriously begin to go haywire. One by one, the squad is eliminated by an assassin. To help discover the identity of the karate killer, the police enlist the aid of karate champion Matt Logan. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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He hears the silence. He see's the darkness. He's the only one who can stop the killing.


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One of the final feature films written by Ernest Tidyman. See more »

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When female op is talking to police chief about the two dead cops the back of the chiefs robe has Matt Logan on it. Like someone peeled off the letters. See more »

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Matt Logan: Whoever did this... they're as good as dead.
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My first Norris experience, but not the best.
31 March 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A Force Of One has a special place in my heart, being the first martial arts movie I ever saw (not counting The Cannonball Run or The Man With The Golden Gun): it played at my local flea-pit as second feature on a double-bill with James Brolin/Lindsay Wagner action flick High Risk (1981), and introduced me to the legend that is karate champ Chuck Norris. For that, I am grateful.

But to be honest, the film really isn't that great, being a rather predictable late '70s cop drama with a few not particularly impressive fight scenes amidst all of the routine investigative nonsense. Chuck puts in a surprisingly good performance as Matt Logan, the karate expert brought in to help train a narcotics squad after several of their cops wind up dead, but despite choreographing the fight action himself (with help from his brother Aaron), his martial arts skills are given very little opportunity to shine. The final showdown between Logan and evil karate fighter Sparks (Bill Wallace)—who unwisely offs Logan's adopted son Charlie (Eric Laneuville)—really isn't worth the wait, taking place in the middle of the night and in slow motion. The film also wastes the talent of character actor Clu Gulager, who is given little to do in the clichéd role of hard-nosed police Lieutenant Dunne, while Jennifer O'Neill, as policewoman Mandy Rust, is really only there as eye-candy.

5/10 for the sake of nostalgia.


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