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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.


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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

The movie featured three members of the Norris family in acting roles. These were Aaron Norris, Mike Norris and Chuck Norris. See more »

Goofs

The Skateboard Boy's shirt changes color from green, to blue, and back again while being followed by police. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Logan: I wonder if that guy knows he's so obnoxious.
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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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"They think karate was used on them".
22 April 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

I wouldn't mind one of those Matt Logan t-shirts you see his people wearing in the movie… well sadly you don't get one with the DVD. Oh well. After the box-office success of "Good Guys Wear Black", Chuck Norris would roll out another then another. "A Force of One" was one of those. These earlier films ("Good Guys Wear Black", "A Force of One" and "The Octagon") backed by American Cinema seemed to have the same style and formula; but while they did have thick, knotty plots (like something out of a crime/cop show), Chuck didn't entirely get much of a work out compared to some of his fun, over-the-top 80s work.

"A Force of One" is a decent, if not particularly igniting old-school Chuck Norris outing where he's confronting drugs with a karate chop/kick. A team of narcotics agents enlist the help of a martial arts expert Matt Logan, when some of their agents end up dead by a serial killer who uses karate. Hesitant to help at first, but soon Logan finds it personal --- revenge and honour.

There's some action; well staged too (like the climatic battle outside the ring), but a lot more time is spent in training (for his championship fight), lessons (for the narcotics agents), being a mentor figure and then trying to connect the dots on who might be the karate serial killer (with little surprise on the reveal). It's rather talky and consisting of the same patterns, but never was I bored. Norris is looking much more comfortable than say in his last role. He comes across genuine in his moods, having a sense of humour and of course delivers on what matters --- amazing martial arts and stunt work. Across from him is a headstrong Jennifer O'Neal. Also the cast features big players like Clu Gulager, Ron O'Neal, James Whitemore Jr. and Charles Cyphers. Paul Aaron's direction is competently tidy, drawing up some striking set-pieces accompanied by Dick Halligan's rhythmic music score of offbeat tempos.

Well made, but standard action/investigative fare.


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