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The Challenge (1970)

Gallery, a U.S. commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed U.S. space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.

Director:

George McCowan (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Marc Norman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Jacob Gallery
Broderick Crawford ... Gen. Lewis Meyers
James Whitmore ... Overman
Skip Homeier ... Lyman George
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Nagy
Sam Elliott ... Bryant
Mako ... Yuro
Adolph Caesar ... Clarence Opano
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Swiss Official
Arianne Ulmer Arianne Ulmer ... Sarah
Davis Roberts ... Scientist
Byron Morrow ... Defense Secretary
Bill Zuckert ... Army Colonel
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Doctor
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Karate Instructor
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Storyline

All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion, and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The submarine used by Jacob Gallery (Darren McGavin) was an ex-World War II submarine. See more »

Goofs

For about three minutes in the film, some tree brush is seen hanging off the camera in the upper left corner and it remains there for the three minutes putting it over every shot, only once disappearing slightly when it appears to either be blown slightly off or pulled back by a crewman, but not fully. See more »

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The Challenge
6 June 2006 | by lockwood-10See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and have also been trying to find a copy. This is an excellent movie with a great interaction between Mr. McGavin and Mako. The movie seemed to make some bold statements for the time (l970) when it was produced. I definitely look forward to seeing this again. I wonder if anyone knows whether this is still being shown around in re-runs. I highly recommend this movie and feel this might have drawn a type of cult following much the way 'Tribes' did when it was first released about the same time period. I feel that this was an excellent anti war allegory which left the viewer sensing the moral to the story.


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