MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 987 this week

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

 -  Action | Thriller  -  26 August 1982 (UK)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 1,857 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 15 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(original story outline), (book), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 20 May 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 49 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Final Option (1982)

The Final Option (1982) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Final Option.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Commander Robin Wesley, leader of a group of mercenaries, go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow the dictator, who is a major manufacturer and dealer of the world's opium.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A cruel dictator rules a Latin American state. Corruption, brutality and exploitation are present every day. A few people begin to organise resistance. Under the leader "El Leopardo" a ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Lewis Collins, Klaus Kinski, Cristina Donadio
The Professionals (1977–1983)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism ... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins
Der Commander (1988)
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Major leads a group of mercenaries whose mission is to protect a disc full of secrets, located in South Asia.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence
Wild Geese II (1985)
Adventure | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.

Director: Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Scott Glenn, Barbara Carrera, Edward Fox
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A group of adventurers are gathered together to retrieve some mystical gems which are in the possession of a deadly cult.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Stars: Tony Anthony, Ana Obregón, Gene Quintano
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a womanizing bookshop owner hears about the suicide of his former girlfriend, he tries to find out more and meets her friend, a prostitute. They hook up, but when she finds her friends... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Judy Davis, Bryan Brown, Cathy Downes
Bravo Two Zero (TV Movie 1999)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the true story of the most highly decorated British patrol since the Boer war: an eight man SAS team inserted behind Iraqi lines during the Gulf War in January 1991. Their mission ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Steve Nicolson, Rick Warden
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two fun-loving carnival workers take a vacation with the hope of finding plenty of sex and drugs. Their "quest" is fulfilled when they encounter a dope-peddler and two exotic nightclub dancers.

Director: Igor Auzins
Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Grigor Taylor, Wendy Hughes
Hoodwink (1981)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Claude Whatham
Stars: John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Dennis Miller
The One That Got Away (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The existence of the anti-Iraq coalition was threatened when Saddam targetted Israel. In order to keep Israel out of the war, and the coalition together the Scuds had to be stopped. SAS ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Jody Abrahams, Nick Brimble, Simon Burke
Edit

Cast

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
...
Helga
Norman Rodway ...
Ryan
...
Maj. Steele (as Maurice Röeves)
Bob Sherman ...
Hagen
...
Freund
...
Mac
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The 60 second war begins now! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

26 August 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Final Option  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

General Ira Potter (Robert Webber) is supposed to be the Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Air Command, however on his white mess dress uniform he wears no pilot's wings. Few, if any members of the United States Air Force advance to General officer rank unless they are experienced flying officers. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Peter Skellen: I know more about nuclear devastation than you ever will.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Welsh Mountains
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

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!!!!


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
British/U.K. Spec-Ops garand-son
'Who Dares Wins' - Remake? andirush_uk
Weak Storyline Jamesina_Bond_007
Stewart Lee Hates This Film patcasali
This felt like a pilot. kjloftus
DOWNLOAD THE 'RIGHT ON TIME' SONG HELP ? exorcist1998-1
Discuss The Final Option (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?