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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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No-one will admit they still exist! Unholy masters of terror... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Body Count: 40. 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

McCarn: If you saw ninjas, you're seeing ghosts.
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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

Sad Lady
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Parker
KPM Music
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Cheap and dialogue-heavy.
6 December 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Whether you can take this film or not will depend on your tolerance for B-movies. The production is very cheap (to the point that you can barely see anything during the night scenes), and the plot is pretty vague (Is Chuck Norris playing a mercenary? An anti-terrorist expert? A former karate champion? All three?), and the fact that we can often hear his thoughts in echoing voice-over doesn't make it any more lucid. But Norris is better than usual here (at least better than anyone else in the cast), and his fighting moves are as sharp as ever. (**)


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