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The Delta Force (1986)

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When the terrorists Abdul Rafai and Mustafa hijack a Boeing 707 in Athenas with 144 passengers and crew, they use a grenade to force Captain Campbell to fly to Beirut, Lebanon, instead of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kaplan
Harry Goldman
Sylvia Goldman
Father O'Malley
Debra Levine
Capt. Campbell
Gen. Woodbridge
William Wallace ...
Pete Peterson
Charles Grant ...
Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)


When the terrorists Abdul Rafai and Mustafa hijack a Boeing 707 in Athenas with 144 passengers and crew, they use a grenade to force Captain Campbell to fly to Beirut, Lebanon, instead of to Rome and New York. Meanwhile the Delta Force commanded by Colonel Nick Alexander and Major McCoy are assigned to resolve the situation. Abdul and Mustafa separate the Jewish and Marine passengers and they are transported to Beirut, while twelve other terrorists embark on board. Then they fly to Algiers, where the women and children are released. McCoy and the Delta Force team are prepared to attack the plane when Alexander learns that there are now fourteen terrorists on board and not only two, and he aborts the mission. Abdul kills a Marine and returns to Beirut with the male passengers on board. Now the Delta Force needs to act in two locations crowded of terrorists to release the hostages. Will they succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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$17,005,599 (USA)

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The fictional airline in this film is called ATW (an anagram of real-life TWA or Transworld Airlines). Early footage for this film (as seen in a "making-of" documentary) shown that originally, ATW meant American Transworld Airlines. This was changed to American Travelways Airlines in the final cut. See more »


It is repeatedly mentioned, that only the crew of 3 remain on the ATW aircraft after it returns to Beirut, Lebanon and the other hostages are removed. Colonel Alexander verifies this with one of the terrorists shortly before boarding the plane. There are two crew members sleeping in the first class section who sit up when the Delta Force boards the plane. Alexander then turns and enters the cockpit where there are three crew members who are awakened by his entrance. The two crew members magically moves past Alexander from first class to the cockpit or there are actually five crew members on the plane, which would be a factual error since the flight crew of a Boeing 707 is 3. See more »


Maj. Scott McCoy: [to Abdul, who is running out of the house] Going somewhere?
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"Take 'Em Down"
3 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Delta Force proved to be Lee Marvin's final motion picture and a timely one at that. Don't expect any answers to the complex geopolitical problems that are the Middle East, the film has just one answer in dealing with terrorists.

Marvin got second billed to Chuck Norris who was probably at his height as an action star when The Delta Force was made. Marvin is commander and Norris his executive officer of the United States Army's elite Delta Force called in to deal with problems like this hijacking when they arise.

Some Moslem terrorists hijack an American airliner leaving from Athens and do the things that terrorists are known to do. There are a large contingent of Jews on the plane and they look a lot like Hollywood celebrities such as Joey Bishop, Laine Kazan, Martin Balsam, Shelley Winters. One of the passengers is Catholic priest George Kennedy who plays, I kid you not, Father O'Malley. No, he doesn't sing Too-Ra-Loo- Ra-Loo-Ral, but he's a priest with the right stuff nonetheless. His is my favorite performance in the film.

The terrorists are led by Robert Forster and they do prove to be a resourceful group of fanatics, but still no match for The Delta Force.

Of course the film is simplistic, but sometimes the simple answers are the right ones. A lot of people have trouble wrapping their minds around the concept of evil. Make no mistake, the terrorists are evil and at a certain point there is only one thing to do with them.

Which The Delta Force does with zest and abandon.

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