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The Terrorists (1974)

Ransom (original title)
In a Scandinavian country, national security chief Colonel Tahlvik is tasked to rescue the passengers of a hijacked British airliner while the British Ambassador is being held hostage at his residence by another terrorist team.

Director:

Casper Wrede

Writer:

Paul Wheeler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Tahlvik
Ian McShane ... Petrie
Jeffry Wickham ... Barnes
Isabel Dean ... Mrs. Palmer
John Quentin John Quentin ... Shepherd
Robert Harris ... Palmer
James Maxwell ... Bernhard
William Fox William Fox ... Ferris
Harry Landis ... Lookout Pilot
Norman Bristow Norman Bristow ... Denver
John Cording ... Bert
Christopher Ellison ... Pete
Richard Hampton Richard Hampton ... Joe
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Hislop
Karen Maxwell Karen Maxwell ... Eva
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Storyline

A gang of hijackers led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane) seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia. Ruthless Military Police Chief Colonel Tahlvik (Sir Sean Connery) is assigned to rescue the plane and its passengers. But he must also deal with the problem of the British Ambassador, whose residence has been seized by a second group of terrorists. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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SKYJACK. KIDNAP. A time-bomb of suspense has started ticking. Two nations are being held for ransom and... Sean Connery is the agent who takes on The Terrorists See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 65581 delivered on 26 November 1974. See more »

Quotes

Nils Tahlvik: National security becomes a farce if we throw away the rule of law.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SCANDINAVIA DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR See more »

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Referenced in Casper och den förbjudna filmen (2009) See more »

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Cool, calm and exciting
31 December 2001 | by Rakesh KumarSee all my reviews

This film is also called The ransom, not to be confused with the mild action film with Mel Gibson.

The film set in the Scandinavian country (called Scandinavia in the movie, while it is shot in Norway), the snow atmosphere and the heavily dressed characters somehow dictated the slowness of the pace in the movie. Nevertheless, it's exciting. The whole look is not your conventional Hollywood actioner, while at the same time deserves the same class as that of the late sixties/early seventies crime/caper movies like Bullit, French Connection, Taking Pelham One, Two and Three and Dirty Harry.

Connery is fun to watch. He really adds to the atmosphere of the movie and the relatively tame climax looks good with his presence. Good movie. 7/10


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Terrorists See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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