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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Tony Doyle ...
Col. Hadley
John Duttine ...
Rod Walker
Kenneth Griffith ...
Bishop Crick
Rosalind Lloyd ...
Jenny Skellen
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Helga
Norman Rodway ...
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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The closest you'll ever get to knowing the secrets of the legendary S.A.S. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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26 August 1982 (UK)  »

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The Final Option  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The military helicopters seen in the movie were Westland Scout AH-1 (MK 1) copters. 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

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 »

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Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1984) See more »

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Welsh Mountains
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Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue
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User Reviews

 
Alright Boys, Follow Me!

History has been kind to Who Dares Wins (the original UK title). Panned by critics , probably due to the bad timing of the film's release (1980 Iranian Embassy Siege, 1982 Falklands War), it's actually very popular. Yes, there are some cheesy dialogue scenes and some hammy acting, but the SAS choreographed action is top notch and Roy Budd's score is rousingly funky. Lewis Collins is as hard-nosed and arrogantly top rate as ever but looks like he's suffering from Bodie-fatigue.A well scripted sequel would be well received with Collins as an older Skellern. Get him doing what he does best.


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