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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.


Paul Aaron


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




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


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.


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Did You Know?


Director Paul Aaron's stepson, Keanu Reeves, urged Aaron to take the director's chair so he could see a karate film made. Aaron pays tribute to his stepson in the film in the scene where O'Neill is showing Norris the burning of drugs in the evidence room. One of the evidence boxes has K. REEVES written on the side. See more »


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 »


Harbor Guard: [over a dead cop's body] Just what the hell were your guys doing?
Dunne: Son of a bitch, I don't know. You tell me. I sure as hell don't know.
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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 »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Undercover cops are killed one by one, and the police want karate champion Chuck Norris to help them out
18 October 2016 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

Matt Logan (Chuck) is a Martial Arts expert who runs a Dojo, teaching children by day and fighting in the ring by night. His life is consumed by Karate, which is exactly why the San Diego police department seek out his expert counsel. It seems that a ruthless assassin is out on the streets, ruthlessly killing cops who get too close to the center of a drug operation.Soon Logan becomes personally involved and is searching for the killer himself.

A Force of One is pretty typical early Chuck: the pace is on the slow side but it does provide plenty of Chuck fights and the movie as a whole isn't bad.Then there's Bill "super foot" Wallace. You kind of know what to expect from someone nicknamed "super foot." Wallace is good at kicking. At acting, not so much.The action is good. Norris designed the fights himself, giving them a more authentic feel.

In all, A Force of One is a decent, harmless, and enjoyable-enough Chuck Norris film.

Overall 7 out of 10

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