The Delta Force (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kaplan
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Sylvia Goldman
Father O'Malley
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Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)


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 <>

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The Delta Force face their deadliest mission ever. 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 »


After the plane has been hijacked and various shots of Washington D.C. are being shown, there is a shot of the Pentagon. The date and time is shown. The time reads 2:15 AM and yet it is clearly a sunny day in the scene. See more »


Nick Alexander: [McCoy fires a bazooka from the roof] McCoy, what are you doing up there?... Drop that thing and get down here, QUICK!
Maj. Scott McCoy: What do you want me to do... JUMP?
Nick Alexander: I don't care what you do, get down here... FAST!
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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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