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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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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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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Delta Force  »

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$17,005,599 (USA)
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Early promotional releases from Cannon (from before the movie started shooting, something Cannon was known to do) reveal that the role of Colonel Alexander was originally intended for Charles Bronson. See more »

Goofs

When the Delta C-130 is leaving the hangar to fly to the Middle East, supposedly at Fort Bragg, there is a sign behind it that says "...AEL AIRLINES". Perhaps "El Al Israel Airlines"? (Approx. 31:40) See more »

Quotes

Abdul: What is your name?
Father O'Malley: William O'Malley.
Abdul: I did not call you.
Father O'Malley: You called for all the Jews. I'm Jewish, just like Jesus Christ. You take one, you gotta take us all.
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Followed by Delta Force 3: The Killing Game (1991) See more »

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Kicks a lot of ass.
20 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Large-scale, action packed movie barely takes any breathers, and it's all the better for this fact. Inspired by a real life incident, it tells the story of an airliner commandeered by evil terrorist scum and the intrepid American squadron that takes them down. At first glance, considering the priceless all star cast in this thing, it does seem ludicrous that this thing *could* be taken seriously, but co-writer / director Menahem Golan, one of the head honchos of the Cannon Group, pulls it off. The movie is by equal turns topical, tense, and thrilling. Moreover, it has two of the great cinema icons when it comes to toughness: Lee Marvin (in what was sadly his last feature film) and Chuck Norris. (Marvin does look a little long in the tooth for this sort of thing, but projects an effortless sense of authority and still has great screen presence.) As one can see, it is divided into two parts, with the first confined to the airplane, and the second when the assorted hostages are taken to separate locations and the Delta Force go into action. A stirring, patriotic (if also a tad repetitive) main musical theme by Alan Silvestri helps propel the film along, while the amusing ensemble cast creates some poignant moments, especially Martin Balsam and Joey Bishop as two of the passengers. Also to be found in this thing are the likes of Lainie Kazan, Shelley Winters, Susan Strasberg, Bo Svenson, Robert Vaughn, Hanna Schygulla, George Kennedy, Kim Delaney, and the always welcome and always charismatic Steve James. It's particularly amusing to see Robert Forster cast as the main villain, and he's as solid as ever, although he proves to be absolutely no match for Norris when the two finally have their inevitable showdown. Golan has this thing hit the ground running and literally begin with a bang, offering little in the way of a letup until the final scene. Highly recommended for any action fan eager to see a superior fighting force take on truly loathsome antagonists. Even at two hours and nine minutes, this refrains from ever being boring. Eight out of 10.


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