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The Final Option (1982)

Who Dares Wins (original title)
It's suspected that a peace/anti-nuke organization in UK has some extremists willing to use terrorism. The action will probably be against an embassy in London. The SAS/Special Air Service try to get the organization infiltrated.

Director:

Ian Sharp

Writers:

George Markstein (based on an original story by), Reginald Rose (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Collins ... Captain Peter Skellen
Judy Davis ... Frankie Leith
Richard Widmark ... Secretary of State
Edward Woodward ... Commander Powell
Robert Webber ... General Ira Potter
Tony Doyle ... Colonel Hadley
John Duttine ... Rod
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Bishop Crick
Rosalind Lloyd ... Jenny Skellen
Ingrid Pitt ... Helga
Norman Rodway ... Ryan
Maurice Roëves ... Major Steele (as Maurice Röeves)
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Hagen
Albert Fortell ... Freund
Mark Ryan ... Mac
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Storyline

A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the methods and tactics of the famed British anti-terrorist squad.The SAS are a elite army unit which as well as its Anti terrorist role also performs covert and overt training of friendly countries armed forces and operates enemy lines. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The closest you'll ever get to knowing the secrets of the legendary S.A.S. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Final Option See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$750,259, 18 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,666,873
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Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At least two men of the stunt team, Terry Forrestal and Tip Tipping, were former members of the SAS. See more »

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Malik drives around in a French registered Porsche 928S yet his car is right-hand drive. All cars sold in France are left-hand drive. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Peter Skellen: I know more about nuclear devastation than you ever will.
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In final credits, "Military Advisors" are listed as "Anonymous." See more »

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Hi-Jack
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Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Watchable thick-ear - if you can stomach the laughable plot.
22 September 2005 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

Lewis Collins used to be in a hit series called The Professionals which was the height of 70's b/s TV. A strange special unit (CI5) that went around London firing guns, chasing people in pre ABS Ford Escorts, crashing through windows and doing other things that look good on the box. This is a bit more of the same. Not the same story, but lots of things that make little sense, but do provide cheap thrills for the undemanding audience.

The SAS are a kick-down-the-door British military unit that goes to places that others don't and is the creme de la creme of the British forces. However rather limited in scope and purpose. Collins plays Capt. Peter Skellen who pretends to have been kick out of the service in order to infiltrate a terrorist gang hiding behind CND.

(I bet they were pleased!)

While "hide in plain sight" is not unknown in security service circles what goes on here piles the unlikely on the unlikely until the whole thing starts creaking before the plot has even been set up. Can you imagine what it will get like later?

Thankfully the terrorists are thick as short planks and plain crap at their job - so no great detective skills are needed. They even hover under revolutionary posters just in case you don't get their drift or politics.

Indeed Collins merely has to give a couple of cheap chat-up lines to female revolutionary Judy Davis (is this where it all started to go wrong dear?) and her easy-off pants are history. Talk about pushover - there are crack addicted prostitutes who would be harder work!

It all boils down to a grand climax that we can all see coming like a Dutch milk train with serious engine trouble, but don't let me spoil the fun - if you are the sort that can live with the above.

To make things more kosher stars of yesteryear come on to do their bit and I give them great credit - they have all waited until the director has shouted "cut" before demanding their cheques.


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