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The Delta Force -- A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists...


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James Bruner (written by) &
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Release Date:
14 February 1986 (USA) See more »
They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away! See more »
A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chuck Norris ... Maj. Scott McCoy

Lee Marvin ... Col. Nick Alexander

Martin Balsam ... Ben Kaplan

Joey Bishop ... Harry Goldman

Robert Forster ... Abdul

Lainie Kazan ... Sylvia Goldman

George Kennedy ... Father O'Malley

Hanna Schygulla ... Ingrid

Susan Strasberg ... Debra Levine

Bo Svenson ... Capt. Campbell

Robert Vaughn ... Gen. Woodbridge

Shelley Winters ... Edie Kaplan
William Wallace ... Pete Peterson
Charles Grant ... Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)

Steve James ... Bobby

Kim Delaney ... Sister Mary
Jerry Weinstock ... Dr. Jack
Marvin Freedman ... Dave Hoskins
Bob Levit ... Jim Montgomery
Chelli Goldberg ... Tina
Chris Ellia ... Lesley
Jerry Lazarus ... Robert Levine

Natalie Roth ... Ellen Levine
Jerry Hyman ... Ted Bilicki
Gael Lehrer ... Rosalee Bilicki
Hank Leininger ... Jay Bilicki
Howard Jackson ... Ed

Eric Norris ... Andy
Zipora Peled ... Sister Ann
Aaron Kaplan ... Mike Fraser

Caroline Langford ... Sally Fraser
Yehuda Efroni ... David Rosovsky
David Menachem ... Moustapha (as David Menahem)
Shaike Ophir ... Father Nicholas (as Shai K. Ophir)
Avi Loziah ... Jaffer
Uri Gavriel ... George Berri
Panos Nicolaou ... Peter
Elki Jacobs ... Bartender
Menahem Einy ... Issam

Assi Dayan ... Raffi Amir (as Assaf Dayan)
Jacques Cohen ... Lebanese Minister (as Jack Cohen)
Adib Jahschan ... Salim (as Adiv Gahshan)
Haim Sirafi ... Samir
Mosko Alkalai ... TV reporter (as Mosco Alkalai)
Larry Price ... Journalist
Susan Ophir ... ATW girl
Jack Messinger ... ATW agent
Janet Harshman ... TV announcer
Ezra Kafri ... Israeli commando
Danny Friedman ... Israeli commando
Richard Selano ... Capt. Ross (as Richard Salno)
Andy Shulman ... Pete's assistant
Joe Sapel ... Delta pilot
Richard Peterson ... American ambassador in Algiers
Eugene Klein ... American ambassador in Tel Aviv
Albert Amar ... Controller in Algeria
Ben Ami Shmueli ... Officer with George
Moti Shirin ... Terrorist in plane
Yitzhak Aloni ... Amal sergeant (as Itzik Aloni)
Boaz Ofri ... Gate guard
Albert Iluz ... Passport inspector
Osnat Vishinski ... Information agent, El Al
David Leshnik ... TV announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Dillon ... Delta Force member (uncredited)

Liam Neeson ... Delta Force Member (uncredited)
Damon Pooser ... Delta Force Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Menahem Golan 
Writing credits
James Bruner (written by) &
Menahem Golan (written by)

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Roni Ya'ackov .... associate producer (as Rony Yacov)
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
David Gurfinkel 
Film Editing by
Alain Jakubowicz 
Production Design by
Luciano Spadoni  (as Lucisano Spadoni)
Set Decoration by
Ladislav Wilheim  (as Ladi Wilheim)
Costume Design by
Tami Mor 
Makeup Department
Vittorio Biseo .... key makeup artist
Esty Kariv .... makeup artist
Tamy Levy .... hair stylist
Patrice Morieres .... hair stylist
Zivit Yakir .... makeup artist
Production Management
Zion Chen .... unit production manager
Itzik Kol .... production supervisor (as Itzhak Kol)
Dov Maoz .... production manager
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... first assistant director
Michal Engel .... second assistant director
Carlos Gil .... second unit director
Shauli Gorodeski .... third assistant director: second unit
Mike Katzin .... second assistant director
Avi Mograbi .... second assistant director: second unit
Avner Orshalimy .... first assistant director: second unit
Haim Rinski .... third assistant director
Art Department
Yuda Acco .... assistant production designer (as Yuda Ako)
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist
Leonardo Coen Cagli .... set designer
César Díez Álava .... property master
Batia Grafka .... property master
David Varod .... set dresser
Arie Ben Yishai .... construction manager
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bartlett .... sound effects editor (as Dave Bartlett)
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor
George Berndt .... supervising dialogue editor
David Bifano .... audio programming
Baird Bryant .... foley editor
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
Denise Cochran .... assistant sound editor
Keith Critchlow .... foley editor
Lee Dragu .... foley editor
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Mark Eiges .... foley editor
Peter Friedberg .... assistant sound editor
Thomas A. Fucci .... dialogue editor
Jessica Gallavan .... assistant sound editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Victor Grodecki .... dialogue editor
Allen Hartz .... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Richard King .... sound effects editor
J.W. Kompare .... sound effects editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr editor
David Lebrun .... dialogue editor
Martin Maryska .... sound effects editor
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor (as Sue Mazzei)
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Ruth Schell .... dialogue editor
Craig Smith .... supervising foley editor
Tracey Smith .... adr editor
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Stuart .... assistant sound editor
Justine Vacco .... assistant sound editor
Fred Wasser .... sound effects editor
Marian Wilde .... assistant sound editor
Eli Yarkoni .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ian Biggs .... special effects
Chris Corbould .... special effects
Neil Corbould .... special effects
Chris Gant .... special effects
John Gant .... special effects
Pini Klavir .... special effects coordinator
Yoram Pollack .... special effects
Alon Reuven .... special effects assistant
Andy Williams .... special effects
Shemesh Yaron .... special effects assistant
Yoram Zargary .... special effects assistant
Koby Azarly .... stunts
Juan Bofill .... stunts
BJ Davis .... assistant stunt coordinator
BJ Davis .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt double: Chuck Norris (as John Epstein)
Greg Gault .... stunts
Robert Hammond .... stunts
Don Pike .... stunt coordinator
Gary Pike .... stunts
Alberto Vaknin .... stunts (as Albert Vaknin)
B.J. Worth .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Effi Agami .... grip
Avi Avrahami .... electrician
Danny Ben Menahem .... gaffer
Arik Bernstein .... camera operator: second unit
Michael Biniaminy .... focus puller
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer
Mikey Inbari .... electrician
Gerard Jakubowicz .... assistant camera
Avi Koren .... focus puller
Hans Kühle Jr. .... photographer: second unit (as Hans Khules Jr.)
Avraham Leibman .... gaffer
Benny Mali .... clapper loader
Shimon Sabach .... key grip
Danny Schneider .... clapper loader
Danny Sheneor .... camera operator
Rami Siman-Tov .... clapper loader
Yuda Tatarko .... best boy: second unit
Casting Department
Perry Bullington .... casting: Los Angeles
Tova Cypin .... casting: Israel
Robert MacDonald .... casting: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Robert Baird .... second assistant editor
Smador Cohen .... third assistant editor
Anne Couk .... first assistant editor
Iris Dagan .... second assistant editor
Kobi Dagan .... first assistant editor
Albert Gasser .... second assistant editor
Elinoar Hardy .... second assistant editor (as Elinoah Hardy)
Anat Kenet .... second assistant editor
Dory Lubliner .... first assistant editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator
Hadara Oren .... third assistant editor
Omer Tal .... second assistant editor
Tony Wakefield .... second assistant editor
Craig Weintraub .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Carlin .... music editor
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Doron Mizrachi .... action vehicles
Sam Rubi .... transportation captain
Meir Sigura .... transportation captain
Other crew
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Raz Chen .... location manager
Alan Gershenfeld .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Sharon Kahn .... assistant: Menahem Golan
Sophie Kahn .... unit publicist
Naomi Kol .... production accountant
Naomi Mayberg .... production coordinator
James Monaghan .... army consultant (as Jim Monaghan)
Kyle O'Feere .... title designer
Avner Peled .... location manager
Charlotte Rose .... assistant to production coordinator
Daniel Schneor .... operator
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Jim Taylor .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Vivalda Vigorelli .... script supervisor

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125 min | 129 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:R (DVD rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Canada:18A | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) (heavily cut) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (Certificate #28038) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Eric Norris]Real-life NASCAR driver Eric Norris (Chuck Norris' real-life son) is seen as one of the U.S. Navy divers taken hostage.See more »
Factual errors: Upon arriving in Algiers, Lee Marvin's character puts an American flag patch on the left shoulder, with the blue field to the rear. That patch would be worn on the right shoulder. The blue field is always towards the front.See more »
Capt. Campbell:By God, the women are safe.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) (V)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I've seen this movie before...and it was way better, 17 January 2014
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

So, "The Delta Force" is basically a remake of "Operation Thunderbolt" and it comes from the same director/producer (Golan/Goblus team) but this time more concerned in the big bucks from the box office taking advantage of the then new current wave of terrorism (hijakcing of airplanes) instead of preoccupied in making a good movie. Like the Oscar nominated film, "Delta" also comes from a real story, the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the very few I could verify this movie does not disappoint in terms of accuracy of facts, who took the plane, the casualties and how the affair ended. Hollywood spectacular fiction kicks in when Chuck Norris comes on board and becomes the hero of the day with his motorcycle loaded with rocket launchers exploding all the villains to the sound of an annoying score which I'm gonna discuss later on. That part of the rescue never happened.

You probably know the modus operandi of those things: Arab terrorists take over a commercial flight going to the States, changes its route to Beirut and demands for the release of political prisoners. Tension ensues when they discover Jewish passengers and a small group of U.S. Navy divers on board. To help the innocent passengers U.S. forces send a special rescue team led by Lee Marvin and composed with Norris, Steve James and others; with Norris character still conflicted with their last failure while trying to save the American hostages in Iran, 1979. Cut to the chase: the movie delivers in this routine being the scenes on the plane and the whole tension very effective. All the energy from those get sucked by the exterior scenes following the action men or the bureaucrats trying to give a go to the mission.

If I hadn't seen "Thunderbolt" first I might have liked it more. Or maybe not. But I suggest you to watch the other first. If possible, back to back just to see how similar they are. One trademark from the director: a kid spots the terrorists before anybody else and way before they take everybody hostage. A similar shot of a suspicious kid (except that in that film the Israeli boy was far more critical and annoying). Golan/Goblus has several of those moments copied and pasted between both movies. That's why it gets a little tiring seeing this movie.

The inclusion of a stellar cast (Shelley Winters, Martin Balsam, Robert Vaughn, Lainie Kazan, Bo Svenson, Hanna Schygulla, Robert Forster) is an indicative that it wants so bad to be like those disaster epics from the 1970's; it's like an "Airport" but with real terrorists - hey, they even managed to get George Kennedy to play a courageous priest in here. They're all fine, some are really lost and only in it for the money, and Forster is the most memorable as the terrorist leader.

We need to talk about the music score by Mr. Alan Silvestri. Has to be one of the most annoying, irritating and senseless movie themes ever composed, it stays in your head for a long time because the director insisted on using it in almost every (expletive deleted) action scene. The fault is also on Silvestri, for not knowing how to create more themes or learning like master of composing usually do: variations of a same theme. His over-synthesized score is useful in one or two scenes but to hear it in more than those it's just painful, and dates this movie a lot. Glaldy, he lived on to make genial contributions in Robert Zemeckis films and the frightening music from "The Predator".

Generic action picture that manages to walk on the water on a lazy afternoon when you have nothing better to do. But they need to tell me how in the world a world before Snowden's revelations, the U.S. intelligence and Lee Marvin's team knew about the plane's situation, how many kidnappers were there while it was on the air and without the hijackers or the pilot even communicating about the plan? As far as I know, the plane only changed of route. They always know what's going on there without anyone telling them about? Lame! Beware: Chuck Norris only gives one roundhouse kick in this thing. 6/10

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