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A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the ... See full summary »

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Harry Goldman
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Abdul
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Father O'Malley
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A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) as been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner and who's involved in the hijacking and try to retake the plane before the terrorists kill all the hostages. Written by Shaun Ouimette <xtreemshaun589@hotmail.com>

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They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away! See more »


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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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$17,005,599 (USA)
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Based on the real-life hijacking of TWA Flight 847 on 14 June 1985. See more »

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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 »

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Nick Alexander: [Coronel Alexander to Major McCoy] General Woodbridge is waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from the president, Im waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from General Woodbridge, and you are waiting for the 'Go Ahead' from me.
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Since Norris is on his motorcycle, the action is intense, sweaty, and fast..

Few countries in the world have not suffered from terrorist violence over the past three decades... Domestic and international terrorism is now at the top of the agenda for most nations...

Experts agree that there is almost always a strategy behind terrorist actions... Whether it takes the form of bombings, shootings, hijackings, or assassinations... Terrorism is neither random, spontaneous, nor blind; it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends...

Terrorist acts are often deliberately spectacular, designed to rattle and influence a wide audience, beyond the victims of the violence itself... The point is as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon one day: "Terrorism must be vigorously opposed and soundly defeated wherever it exists."

The Delta Force was secretly created in October 1977 by US Army colonel Charles Beckwith in direct response to numerous, well-publicized terrorist incidents that occurred in the 1970s.

The number of terrorism attacks was at its highest in mid-1980s... Palestinians have long been associated with terrorism, including suicide bombings against Western targets and kidnappings in war-torn Lebanon during the 1980s...

Menahem Golan's 'The Delta Force' is inspired by the 1985 hijacking of TWA, which featured the famous footage of the plane's pilot leaning out of the cockpit with a gun to his head... The film opens with two fanatic terrorists taking over an American airliner bound from Athens to Rome and New York, diverting it to Beirut...

With no other option, the Pentagon decides to send the 'Delta Force' into the area for an emergency rescue operation...

Colonel Alexander (Marvin) is given the go ahead, and his elite team - specialized in rapid infantry assault, night fighting and airfield seizure - led by Major McCoy (Norris) energetically meets the terrorists...

Since Chuck Norris is on his motorcycle, the action is intense, sweaty, and fast...


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