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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Wallace ...
Eric Laneuville ...
Charlie Logan
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Clint Ritchie ...
Ray Vitte ...
Taylor Lacher ...
Lisa James ...
Chu Chu Malave ...
Kevin Geer ...


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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June 1979 (USA)  »

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Der Bulldozer  »

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$20,166,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Director Paul Aaron's stepson, Keanu Reeves, urged Aaron to take the director's chair so he could see a karate film made. Aaron pays tribute to his stepson in the film in the scene where O'Neill is showing Norris the burning of drugs in the evidence room. One of the evidence boxes has K. REEVES written on the side. See more »


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 »


Charlie Logan: I wonder if that guy knows he's so obnoxious.
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70s memorable karate flick provides Norris at his best
3 August 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I like a few Norris films and among them A Force of One is my favorite. Chuckie as the role of the USA karate champion like in real life, so it serves us specially to see Norris at his best (fighting performances). A Force of One has nice actors, GREAT martial arts scenes and funny expressions here and there. The flick is low-budget, but Norris' karate skills make us forget the fact and enjoy watching. The plot: Norris is Matt Logan karate champion+expert, who owns a karate school and kick boxes in the ring as well. Logan is asked to train police detectives because a mysterious criminal who is a martial arts expert(Bill Wallace)is killing cops. He makes relationship with a female cop(Jennifer Onniel) and together they try to find and stop that ninja killer. In my opinion it's one of Norris' best.

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