The Final Option (1982)
"Who Dares Wins" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  26 August 1982 (UK)
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A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Peter Skellen
Frankie Leith
Secretary of State Arthur Currie
Commander Powell
Gen. Ira Potter
Tony Doyle ...
Col. Hadley
John Duttine ...
Rod Walker
Kenneth Griffith ...
Bishop Crick
Rosalind Lloyd ...
Jenny Skellen
Norman Rodway ...
Maj. Steele (as Maurice Röeves)
Bob Sherman ...


A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the methods and tactics of the famed British anti-terrorist squad.The SAS are a elite army unit which as well as its Anti terrorist role also performs covert and overt training of friendly countries armed forces and operates enemy lines. Written by Keith Loh <>

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The closest you'll ever get to knowing the secrets of the legendary S.A.S. See more »


Action | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 August 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Final Option  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First non-Australian theatrical feature of actress Judy Davis. See more »


The US Army officer Captain Hagen is from the Army Ranger regiment but he is wearing the old WWII diamond patch, instead of the scroll that was worn in 1982. Also the rangers of the period were airborne, Hagen does not wear jump wings, nor does he wear the black beret or bloused jump boot with his class A uniform. See more »


Colonel Hadley: When the SAS is called upon to do what we're trained to do, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It's a filthy and difficult job. We don't like doing it, but it's our duty.
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Crazy Credits

In final credits, "Military Advisors" are listed as "Anonymous." See more »


Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) See more »


Jenny's Theme
Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue
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User Reviews

Slightly tedious plot, but breathtaking action sequences.
24 May 2001 | by (Wrexham, N Wales) – See all my reviews

This is a film I'd heard of years ago, but never got around to watching it until yesterday.

While the plot seems a little slow at times (an illusion created by watching too many hollywood action movies), and (as many people here have commented) the dialog can get a little cheesy, add to the fact that the hairstyles, clothing, vehicles, etc... look dated now. But that's not what I was watching the film for.

The actual action sequences in the film are typical special operations style action sequences, i.e. they're over practically before they've started! This film, if not realistic (I'm sure it is, but as someone who doesn't know how the SAS really operate, I couldn't comment), is totally believable. From the handover by the police to the military, through the planning phase of the operation, the MOE (fast-roping from helicopters onto the roof, then abseiling down the side of the building), the total communication throughout the assault. It's absolutely breathtaking.

This is no Hollywood Action Movie. It's totally different from the likes of "Operation Delta Force", etc... There are no cheesy one-liners when a terrorist is dropped. There is no jumping about, emptying whole magazines (and more!) into people, shooting from the hip at targets 200 metres away and hitting them with the first shot, while snipers on the opposite side couldn't hit the Titanic from 2 metres away.

So, to sum up, I'd give the plot, characters and acting 7/10, but the action sequences, I'd wholeheartdly give 12/10! Fantastic stuff...

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