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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The picture is considered to be very special within the S.A.S. and the special forces community as the film is "their movie". 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

Major Steele: [guns down Frankie] Slowing down a little, Peter? Come on, man, move your ass!
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Crazy Credits

In final credits, "Military Advisors" are listed as "Anonymous." See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Reds Under The Beds
(uncredited)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Good honest hokum!
22 August 2003 | by glennwalsh44See all my reviews

I read the book that inspired this film, 'The Tiptoe Boys,' and to be honest, I prefer the film to the book, which is unusual. The movie is a bit over-long, but the characters are quite well developed and the action sequences are among the best in any UK production and highly realistic. The legendary Roy 'Get Carter' Budd provides the score and we have a minor 80s action classic. Without doubt the assault at The Mews is outstanding and I will never forget the rush the first time I saw it. 'You don't muck (sic) about with the SAS...'


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Details

Country:

Switzerland | UK

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

Gross USA:

$2,666,873

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,666,873
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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