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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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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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26 August 1982 (UK)  »

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The Final Option  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Apart from the British SAS, "Who Dares Wins" is also the motto for the Belgium 1st Parachutist Battalion; the Hong Kong Special Duties Unit; the Greek 1st Raider / Paratrooper Brigade; the Rhodesian Special Air Service; the French 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment; the Israeli Sayeret Matkal Shachak Armored Battalion (the 196th Battalion / 460th Armored Brigade); and also for both the Australian and New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) Regiments. All have some kind of historical tie or connection with the British SAS. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Colonel Hadley: Dead soldiers - live bastards!
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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 (1983) See more »

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American Medley
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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Good honest hokum!
22 August 2003 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

I read the book that inspired this film, 'The Tiptoe Boys,' and to be honest, I prefer the film to the book, which is unusual. The movie is a bit over-long, but the characters are quite well developed and the action sequences are among the best in any UK production and highly realistic. The legendary Roy 'Get Carter' Budd provides the score and we have a minor 80s action classic. Without doubt the assault at The Mews is outstanding and I will never forget the rush the first time I saw it. 'You don't muck (sic) about with the SAS...'


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