4.8/10
80
4 user 4 critic

Counterforce (1988)

Escuadrón (original title)
A team of specialists is dispatched to protect the leader of a Middle Eastern country from a neighboring dictator who has designs on his country.

Writers:

(story), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Commisioner
...
Koura
...
Sutherland
Joy Blackburn ...
Nurse
Enric Cervera
...
Roxana
...
The Dictator
...
Ballard
...
Kassar
...
Vince Colby
Robert Millar ...
Baines
Josep Minguell ...
Selim
Betty Moran ...
TV Newscaster
...
Harris
Enrique Rubio ...
Hasson
Edit

Storyline

When an Arab dictator is running wild, the U.S. intelligence community back the opposition leader. When a few attempts are made on the dictator, he blames the opposition leader and sets out to kill him. When the U.S. learns of this they send in a team to protect the opposition leader. Written by <rcs4811@yehey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 March 1988 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Counterforce  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hugo Stiglitz's dialogue is dubbed in the English version by 'Ed Mannix'. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Breezy 80s action vehicle
10 January 2010 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

This one sets up the plot rather easily with some US Intelligence commanders watching TV footage of a Arab tyrant (Robert Forster) as he rallies against the "Mad Cowboy in the White House":

Intelligence Commander #1: "We need to get that bastard."

Intelligence Commander #2: "How?"

Intelligence Commander #1: "I don't care."

That is all the set up you get, but what can you expect from a film where the villain is never given a name and merely billed as "The Dictator"? So they turn to Colby (George Kennedy), who gets his Counterforce team - who even have outfits with their own logo on them - on the job to protect Kassar (Louis Jourdan), the democratically elected President of this fictitious country. Counterforce consists of leader Harris (Jorge Rivero, billed as George Rivero), muscle Ballard (Isaac Hayes), zen karate guy Nash (Andrew Stevens) and rookie Sutherland (Kevin Bernhardt). Gee, can you guess which member of the team will be killed in action?

This is basically a low-rent DELTA FORCE knockoff, but it is not without its charms. The film is basically just two extended action scenes (protecting Kassar and saving his kidnapped wife and son) but it moves pretty fast and is exciting enough. The principals are all fine but Kennedy and Forster - who is obviously supposed to look like Gaddafi - get little screen time. The best character is a master of disguise hit-man played by a dubbed Hugo Stiglitz. I laughed when he disrobed in the elevator and was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt underneath his suit. The film ends with The Dictator getting away and sets up a COUNTERFORCE II, but that never happened for whatever reason. I like to think it was because Andrew Stevens discovered the softcore thriller genre and the filmmakers just felt it wouldn't be the same with a new team.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?