5.6/10
15,996
140 user 58 critic

The Delta Force (1986)

After a plane is hijacked by terrorists, The Delta Force are sent in to resolve the crisis.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

When DEA agents are taken captive by a ruthless South American kingpin, the Delta Force is reunited to rescue them in this sequel to the 1986 film.

Director: Aaron Norris
Stars: Chuck Norris, John P. Ryan, Billy Drago
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Director: Lance Hool
Stars: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Braddock mounts a one-man assault to free his wife and son who are still being held in a Vietnam prison camp.

Director: Aaron Norris
Stars: Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Roland Harrah III
The Hitman (1991)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After surviving an attempt on his life by his former partner, officer Cliff Garrett (Norris) exacts revenge on those who wronged him by going undercover as a hit man. He works to gain the ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Norris
Stars: Chuck Norris, Michael Parks, Al Waxman
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A casino security guard is forced into violence from when the Hong Kong mob threatens his friends.

Director: James Fargo
Stars: Chuck Norris, Mary Louise Weller, Camila Griggs
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the ... See full summary »

Director: William Tannen
Stars: Chuck Norris, Brynn Thayer, Steve James
Firewalker (1986)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kickboxer is hired to assist them.

Director: Paul Aaron
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Chuck Norris, Clu Gulager
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
William Wallace ...
Charles Grant ...
Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delta Force  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,959,505, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$17,768,900
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alan Silvestri's electronic score gained a new life when ABC Sports used it to intro their Indianapolis 500 broadcasts from 1988-1998 and again in 2001. It was also used for the intro of the Brickyard 400 until ABC lost the race rights to NBC Sports in 2001. According to famous Indianapolis 500 anchor Paul Page, he does not want any ESPN/ABC anchor to use this music in intros for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 unless he narrates the intros himself. It is now used on the XM Satellite broadcasts of IndyCar racing events, of which Paul Page is the announcer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
This would never get made today.
4 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

As a product of the eighties (I had the misfortune to be born at the very beginning of them), I grew up on movies like this.

One has to wonder what went wrong. In the late sixties and seventies, America was putting out some of the best movies in the world. The reason for this, in my opinion, is that Americans (as a people) were suddenly not afraid of having faults. Vietnam and Nixon made America realise that it had a dark side, and this came through in its cinema. The results were some of the most palpable incarnations of the anti-hero ever put to film.

Alas, in the eighties, something changed. Suddenly, American heroes were not only invincible, but ethically flawless and totally righteous too. 'The Delta Force' is one of the pinnacles of the American hero movie.

In a nutshell, some evil Arab types take a plane full of innocent Jewish Americans and it's up to Chuck Norris and his crew of bad-ass GIs (all of whom sh*t stars and bleeds stripes, of course)to save the day. Watching it in the ultra-liberal, post-911 21st century, it's hard to believe this film even got made. It's so un-PC that it make Bill Hicks look like Porky Pig.

But here's the catch, it's so damn refreshing to see a piece of action cinema that serves no purpose but to entertain that 'The Delta Force' becomes a beautifully nostalgic piece of escapism that is hard to resist.

It is certainly a flawed film. The editor and director could sure have used a few lessons in pacing, notably around the totally extraneous character development scenes where we have it reinforced beyond any doubt that Jewish Americans are beyond reproach. However, one is more than willing to forgive this insult when presented with such testosterone-infested action sequences and cocksure pro-Americanism. It's one of those films that is so bad it's good.

'The Delta Force' is a movie that necessitates the disengagement of the brain and the full attention of the balls. If you have the capacity to do this, and overlook the fact that it is a disgraceful tool of American propaganda, you'll love it. I can just imagine this being George Bush's favourite movie...

Chuck Norris is, in many ways, the ultimate American hero; ruthless but virtuous, kind hearted yet bad-as-hell, the underdog yet the victor. After saving American soldiers from those nasty far-Easterners in the 'Missing in Action' series, Chuckie truly outdoes himself here. Taken with a large pinch of salt, or as a very shrewd satire (a la 'Team America'), 'The Delta Force' delivers in ways Bruckheimer and can only dream of.


36 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 140 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017