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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
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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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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26 August 1982 (UK)  »

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The Final Option  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A Fijian trooper, who had participated in the real-life Iranian Embassy siege, mentioned at SAS HQ at Stirling Lines to Director Ian Sharp how his uniform caught fire from the explosives during the descent phase. Sharp incorporated this real-life mishap as a story element in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Peter Skellen arrives home in his car with gifts for his wife and child, the child's present is clearly a box shape however once inside the house its clearly a wrapped present. See more »

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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 »

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Right On Time
Written by Roy Budd, Jerry Donahue and Marc Donahue
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra featuring Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue
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"Die Hard" - take a hike!
16 December 1999 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

With Roy Budd's thunderous theme music, spot-on cinematography and action set pieces refreshingly absent of blue screen visual effects. "Who Dares Wins" is pure action movie through and through.>

Lewis Collins' effective performance as Peter Skellern delivers Bond-style cheek and charisma especially during his scenes with Judy Davis (Frankie Leith). Although, sadly, cheesy dialogue and interaction with Rosalind Lloyd (Jennie Skellern) lets him down. A switch between the character of merciless undercover agent and likeable family-guy he's clearly not comfortable with.

Both Judy Davis and Ingrid Pitt carry off superbly powerful female roles written beyond token-women-posing-with-machine-guns. Particularly Pitt who's performance adds a sadistic ominance whenever she's on screen.

Action wise, several brutally vicious fight sequences added to the gobsmacking finale make this one hell of a movie.

Who Dares Wins does get bogged down a little in the posturing grandstanding of Woodward, Widmark and Davis late on where the focus changes.

Maximum plus points to Phil Meheux (cinematographer) for the truly heart-stopping footage.

All together a damn good 120 minutes and Britain's best shot at making an action movie. I love it, watch it whenever I can. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and vastly underrated. Seventeen years on it's stood the test of time. Classic.


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