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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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The Delta Force face their deadliest mission ever. See more »


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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delta Force  »

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$17,005,599 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Editor Alain Jakubowicz recalled that he would try to tone the down the film's over-the-top elements, only for Menahem Golan to complain that he was killing the film. See more »


The first time the hijacked plane is attempting to land in Beruit, there are dozens of vehicles blocking the runway. When clearance to land is finally given, a view from the cockpit shows all the vehicles driving off to the sides of the runway. When the shot switches to an exterior of the plane landing, there are NO vehicles at all on or near the runway. See more »


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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Referenced in Get Smart (2008) See more »

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25 June 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"The Delta Force" is an exciting action picture starring Chuck Norris in one of his best movie roles. The film is about an American airliner en route from Athens to Rome to New York that's hijacked by Middle Eastern terrorists which is loosely based on the real-life hijacking of a TWA jetliner in July 1985. This part of the film is terrifying. These hijackers mean business, and they provide a lot of cruelty to some of the passengers and crew members. When the U.S. government gets word of the hijack, they sent in The Delta Force, a tough team of U.S. commandos led by Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris. Do they get the job done? You'll just have to see for yourself. "The Delta Force" is an excellent film because it delivers plenty of action, plenty of suspense, and plenty of realism. The movie also has an all-star cast. Besides Norris and Marvin, "The Delta Force" also features Robert Forster (a decade before winning an Oscar nomination for Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown") in a very good performance as the lead terrorist; Bo Svenson as the pilot of the hijacked airliner; Hanna Schygulla as the head stewardess of the plane; Robert Vaughn as a U.S. General who gives orders from the U.S. President to the Delta Force; and Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Lainie Kazan, Shelley Winters, George Kennedy, Susan Strasberg, and Kim Delaney (a decade before TV's "NYPD Blue") as terrified passengers on the hijacked plane. If your a fan of action movies, you're going to like "The Delta Force".

***1/2 (out of four)

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