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Juggernaut (1974)

A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Richard Alan Simmons (as Richard De Koker), Alan Plater (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
Omar Sharif ... Captain Alex Brunel
David Hemmings ... Charlie Braddock
Anthony Hopkins ... Supt. John McCleod
Shirley Knight ... Barbara Bannister
Ian Holm ... Nicholas Porter
Clifton James ... Corrigan
Roy Kinnear ... Social Director Curtain
Caroline Mortimer Caroline Mortimer ... Susan McCleod
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Hollingsworth
John Stride John Stride ... Hughes
Freddie Jones ... Sidney Buckland
Julian Glover ... Commander Marder
Jack Watson ... Chief Engineer Mallicent
Roshan Seth ... Azad
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Storyline

Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with one thousand two hundred passengers. He is asking for a five hundred thousand pound sterling ransom, otherwise the seven bombs aboard will explode. An experienced anti-bomb squad is sent to the "Britannic", but although all the bombs are located, a very high skill level will be necessary to dismantle them. Perhaps that task is impossible. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Taglines:

Only one man to save 1200 lives! [Richard Harris] See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juggernaut See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,400,000, 31 December 1974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was shot mainly aboard a real ocean liner. The Hamburg had recently been sold by its German owners to the Soviet Union. Before the Soviets took delivery of the liner, they rented it to the movie company. The liner was painted in the livery of a fictional shipping line, very similar to the livery used by the Soviet Morpasflot line, and renamed the "Britannic". Advertisements were run in British papers, soliciting extras who would take a lengthy cruise in the North Sea for free, but with the knowledge that the ship would actually seek out the worst possible weather, as the story demanded seas too rough for the lifeboats to be lowered, trapping the passengers on board. See more »

Goofs

the EOD team wouldn't have had to be parachuted onto the sea & then attempt to climb aboard the liner. they'd have been winced aboard from an overhead helicopter. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Banister: It's like a poem.
Susan McLeod: Which one?
Barbara Banister: "Not Waving, but Drowning."
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Connections

Referenced in Things They Said Today (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played by a band when the Britannic is leaving port
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An enjoyable watch
1 January 2006 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

It is New Years' Eve and six bombs are found on-board passenger cruiser BRITTANIC, below and above sea level. The anonymous perpetrator demands 500,000 pounds (a suspiciously low sum even in 1974.) Facing choppy seas and 'force 8 winds,' the crew are unable to unload passengers into life-rafts or rescue vessels, and so a team of bomb-disposal experts are flown in.

JUGGERNAUT is a well-paced film and can boast an all-star cast. Richard Harris plays the chief expert as a world-weary drinker who been in the job too long and faced imminent death so many times that he has lost all pretence for morality. David Hemmings has a smaller role as his assistant. A younger - but still grey haired - Anthony Hopkins heads the landside manhunt for the bomber. Ian Holm puts in a lovely performance as the compassionate head of the shipping company, who insists upon paying the ransom, even as the hard-on-terrorists British government threatens to withdraw its generous tax subsidies. Michael Hordern has a cameo, as too does Julian Glover. Rounding off the cast is an understated Roy Kinnear who plays the bumbling cruise director, offering hapless pleasantries to the passengers as well as falling short of a comfort after the bombs presence on board are revealed.

This is a very British film - these is little swearing, no resolute American hero, sandwiches are the meal of choice -offered to the bomb experts and the passengers - who are told relatively early of the threat - take the news with surprising grace, the British upper-lip prevailing over the typical Hollywood hysterier or sentimentality


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