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A Force of One (1979)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 May 1979 (USA)
When the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kickboxer is hired to assist them.

Director:

Paul Aaron

Writers:

Pat E. Johnson (story) (as Pat Johnson), Ernest Tidyman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer O'Neill ... Mandy Rust
Chuck Norris ... Matt Logan
Clu Gulager ... Dunne
Ron O'Neal ... Rollins
Bill Wallace Bill Wallace ... Sparks
Eric Laneuville ... Charlie Logan
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Moskowitz
Clint Ritchie ... Melrose
Pepe Serna ... Orlando
Ray Vitte ... Newton
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Bishop
Lisa James Lisa James ... Harriett
Chu Chu Malave ... Rudy
Kevin Geer ... Johnson
Eugene Butler Eugene Butler ... Murphy
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Storyline

A team of undercover narcotics agents is conducting an investigation when things mysteriously begin to go haywire. One by one, the squad is eliminated by an assassin. To help discover the identity of the karate killer, the police enlist the aid of karate champion Matt Logan. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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He hears the silence. He sees the darkness. He's the only one who can stop the killing.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Bulldozer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,166,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film critics lambasted the pictured nicknaming the movie "A Farce of One". See more »

Goofs

When Chuck Norris and Jennifer O'Neal are in a car talking, from around 18:30 to 20:41, the cars behind them as they individually speak are different (noticeably so). See more »

Quotes

Matt Logan: Whoever did this... they're as good as dead.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 2 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of cocaine sniffing and all footage of nunchakus. The cuts were waived for the 2012 Anchor Bay DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in How American Cinema Changed Hollywood Forever (2003) See more »

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Entertaining, but put your brain on hold
3 June 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Early Chuck Norris action flick offers some enjoyment provided you go in with the right attitude.

When two narcotics detectives on the trail of a major drug ring are murdered using martial arts, the rest of their squad is ordered to investigate local karate schools for potential suspects, and to train themselves in case the killer strikes again. This leads them to Chuck Norris, as Matt Logan, champion kickboxer and karate school proprietor with a personal distaste for the drug trade. He agrees to train the cops and of course gets caught up in the rest of the action. One , or more, of the squad is dirty, naturally, and the bodies pile up as the heroes get closer to the truth.

Jennifer O'Neill , sporting an ultra short haircut, shares top billing as the detective with the closest contact with Chuck. Other members of the squad include Ron O'Neal, James Whitmore Jr, Pepe Serna, Clint Ritchie and the wonderfully monikered Chu Chu Malave. Also with Clu Gulager as the Lieutenant, Eric Laneuville, Charles Cyphers, G.W. Bailey and real-life karate champion Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.

This is the kind of cheap but entertaining movie that Norris excelled at throughout the early 80's, before his films turned more militaristic, the kind that Steven Seagal or Jean Claude Van Damme would make direct to video during the late 90's and early 00's. The kind they don't really make at all anymore. Whether or not that's a bad thing depends on the viewer. To me, it's a bad thing that nobody will take a chance anymore, that everybody goes for that middle of the bell curve.


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