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The Final Option (1982)

Who Dares Wins (original title)
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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Capt. Peter Skellen
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Frankie Leith
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Secretary of State Arthur Currie
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Commander Powell
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Gen. Ira Potter
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Col. Hadley
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Rod Walker
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Bishop Crick
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Jenny Skellen
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Helga
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Ryan
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Maj. Steele (as Maurice Röeves)
Bob Sherman ...
Hagen
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Freund
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Mac
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Storyline

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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Who Dares Wins. The Final Option. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Release Date:

26 August 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Final Option  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$750,259 (USA) (18 September 1983)

Gross:

$2,666,873 (USA)
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Trivia

SAS regimental soldiers assisted the production on-set whilst filming in Hereford, England. Actors playing SAS soldiers were trained by a real SAS officer. Actor Lewis Collins didn't really require any training according to director Ian Sharp who has said that the SAS trainer was very impressed with Collins' skill level. During pre-production, SAS commanding officer Peter de la Billiere originally refused to assist the production but later relented. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Capt. Peter Skellen: I know more about nuclear devastation than you ever will.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Nature Of The Beast
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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User Reviews

 
Hey its THE FINAL OPTION!!!!! GREAT FILM! Needs a major US DVD release
1 January 2008 | by (Richmond, VA USA) – See all my reviews

I used to watch my MGM/UA VHS copy of this film (entitled THE FINAL OPTION) all the time in the 1980s now I have to watch the region 2 DVD as WHO DARES WINS; but who cares . . . its just as great although not enhanced for 16:9. What I love about action films up to 1990 or so is that the good guys are really the good guys and the bad guys are really the bad guys, there's no ambiguity here. The Final Option is a movie that works on many levels culminating with the hero being taken "hostage" by The People's Lobby taking the hero's wife hostage; you have two dramas occurring at once. Judy Davis is awesome as the lead terrorist--she's deep into her character; acts her heart out. And that guy playing the hero, Skellon is really tough and stoic and really James Bond all the way and really in shape too; his wife is really cute. And then we have Helga played by Countess Dracula and Carmilla herself INGRID PITT; a mean, very mean German who wants to literally "shoot the baby"!!!! There's a good catch about where the terrorists are actually getting their money from making us think about the power seekers and who the power seekers really are and how the power seekers are really pulling the strings. Roy Budd's music is truly great for a true action film with a deeper meaning . . . an awful lot of blood squibs in mouths, bleeding lips and so forth. See this movie!!!!


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