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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
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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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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Who Dares Wins. The Final Option. See more »

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26 August 1982 (UK)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Producer Euan Lloyd lived near the Iranian Embassy in 1980. On 30 April, six terrorists took over the embassy holding several hostages. When he was at home watching a John Wayne film on the evening of 5th May, it suddenly switched to the live news coverage of the SAS storming the building to end the siege. Lloyd immediately ran outside round the corner to watch the action himself. As soon as it had ended, he ran back to his house and immediately phoned his lawyer to register several movie titles for a possible film on the SAS, one of which was "Who Dares Wins". 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: Dead soldiers - live bastards!
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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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Blues For The Best
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Good fun
15 March 1999 | by (lengland) – See all my reviews

This excellent film was obviously inspired by the Iranian embassy siege 2 years earlier, but despite this it comes across as a feature length episode of the TV series The Professionals - probably because so many of the same team worked on it. Lewis Collins performs well as Skellen and despite some hammy performances elsewhere this is a fairly intense film. The script seems painfully slow nowadays and takes a long time to get going but when it does it rates highly. The seige of Skellen's house is well-handled and the fight between Rosalind Lloyd and Ingrid Pitt is perhaps the best scene in the movie. The SAS storming of the embassy is ultimately the reason for the film's existence and it is very exciting. On the basis of this movie Lewis Collins would have made a very good James Bond but sadly it was not to happen..unfortunately it was all downhill from here.


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