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The Octagon (1980)

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


Eric Karson


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




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 ... Duffy
Alan Chappuis Alan Chappuis ... Pierre
Brian Libby ... Deadwyler
Ken Gibbel Ken Gibbel ... Meat


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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In a world of choices, for one man there is no choice . . . he must face THE OCTAGON See more »


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The Art Hindle character is only ever known by his nickname "A.J.". See more »


During a car chase sequence, the off-white colored car hits the pursing red vehicle that is parked in its path. The next time we see them, both cars are undamaged and not touching each other. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Carl Wash (2006) See more »


Ode to a Trio
Music by Marian McPartland
KPM Music
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Oh well...
13 May 2002 | by kerottesSee all my reviews

It was one of those nights. I had slept till about...late that day, and thus, my brain was functioning at a very high level, higher than the average 2 in the morning brain at least. I turn to the television for comfort, as i usually do when my friends have all left me, and I'm alone and sad. Amazed I find there's nothing worth watching as I flip through the 4 non-cable-TV channels in my room. The sadness and grudge towards my friends fades away as the opening scenes of The Octagon jump in my face. At this point, I'm wide awake and thrilled. "At least it's good for a few laughs".

And it was. The plot is fascinating:

Chuck's character was adopted by some Ninja master, and a rivalry is born between Chuck and his new fathers son, Seikura. When Seikura cheats in a race between the two, and thus dishonors the whole family, he is vanished by his father.

We meet Chuck's character Scott James, some sort of mercenary. Seikura is now training terrorists in some camp in South-America. And so the plot thickens.

As the end draws near I am vast asleep. The Octagon has served its purpose and dozed me into dreamland. Never mind the sandman. As long as Chuck's around, there's no need to fear insomnia!

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Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Octagon See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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