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The Octagon (1980)

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director:

Eric Karson

Writers:

Leigh Chapman (screenplay by), Paul Aaron (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Scott James
Karen Carlson ... Justine
Lee Van Cleef ... McCarn
Art Hindle ... A. J.
Carol Bagdasarian Carol Bagdasarian ... Aura
Tadashi Yamashita ... Seikura
Kim Lankford ... Nancy
Larry D. Mann ... Tibor
Kurt Grayson Kurt Grayson ... Doggo
Richard Norton ... Kyo - Seikura's Enforcer / Longlegs
Yuki Shimoda ... Katsumo - Seikura's Aide
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Duffy
Alan Chappuis Alan Chappuis ... Pierre
Brian Libby ... Deadwyler
Ken Gibbel Ken Gibbel ... Meat
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Storyline

Scott's life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he and a friend endured under a martial arts master. The second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered. Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago. Written by Spaz <junebug2@texas.net>

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Chuck Norris is Scott James, who must face the Ninja, the unholy masters of terror in . . . See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oktagon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,971,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the movie's DVD which claims that the picture was the first film to give a credit to an editor on a one-sheet movie poster. See more »

Goofs

After the terrorist trainee falls through the trapdoor, a crew person's hand is visible as it closes back up. See more »

Quotes

Scott: Oh my God! Ninja... ja... ja... ja...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was uncut. Video releases however were cut by 32 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of nunchakus and throwing stars. The cuts were waived for the 2012 Anchor Bay DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Supper by Candlelight
Music by Bill McGuffie
KPM Music
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Norris vs. Ninja
27 November 2005 | by sveknuSee all my reviews

Personally, I wouldn't say that this is an action movie. It's more of a thriller. The movie is in fact really slow and a bit boring most of the time. The decent action doesn't kick in until just before the end. If it hadn't been for that scene, this movie wouldn't have got more than 3 stars from me. But since the last scene was pretty good, I give it a 6. Just remember that this is an Chuck Norris-movie. Norris isn't exactly the best martial arts actor, he hasn't got any spectacular moves and I get a little tired watching him wear the same type of jeans in almost every movie. There are a bunch of ninjas in the movie. The movie tried to establish them as skilled and feared fighters, but it didn't succeed with that.


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