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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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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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$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 »

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 »

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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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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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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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