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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 60 second war begins now! See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The British Army helicopters featured in the film, where the SAS abseiled from, are Westland Scouts. 150 were made by 1968 and they saw action in the Falklands war in 1982. See more »

Goofs

A hovercraft is shown arriving, cars are then shown passing through customs. However the hovercraft shown (an SRN-6) is a passenger-only model and is far too small to carry cars. 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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Referenced in 6 Days (2017) See more »

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Catch Or Be Caught
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Written by Roy Budd, Jerry Donahue and Marc Donahue
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra featuring Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue
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Ten of the Most Exciting Minutes in Action Film History
24 November 2001 | by bookkritikSee all my reviews

Yes, there is some cheesy acting, but the payoff in this film is excellent! After reading other commentaries on this film, I won't spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't see the film when I say that it concludes with an accurate portrayal of special ops folks in action. But it is not only accurate, it is exciting, and well shot (love the view through the mask!). Combine accuracy and excitement and you have something that beats most of those other "special ops" films hands down. It makes Rambo et al seem downright nonsensical (which it is), and rightly so.

And as someone who studied in Europe for several years and saw the political far left in action on the streets of the major cities, I can tell you that many of them talked just like they do in the movie. And yes, the guerrilla theatre production lampooning the US is accurate, that type of theatre did take place.


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