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The Terrorists (1975)

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

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Casper Wrede

Writer:

Paul Wheeler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Tahlvik
Ian McShane ... Petrie
Jeffry Wickham 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

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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:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the local actors were dubbed with familiar sounding British voice-over actors. 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 »

Connections

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

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fine 1970s thriller with GREAT Jerry Goldsmith score
3 June 2007 | by mombasa_peteSee all my reviews

I cannot believe the negative comments I am reading here. This is a complex, atmospheric and well-acted thriller, which fully captures the 1970s atmosphere of European terrorism, fashion and mannerisms.

The photography is stunning of the Norwegian snowbound landscapes, and Sean Connery gives one of his best performances.

And to cap it all there is a great - and I mean GREAT score by Jerry Goldsmith, one of this best.

Check the scene of the plane chase through the mountains, also the stylish montage of scenes involving London being struck by terrorism in the opening credits and the way the photofit of the terrorist leader gradually appears.

Goldsmith's score is so good, it is worth watching for that alone!


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