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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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Taglines:

Who Dares Wins. The Final Option. 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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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

During the Embassy storm sequence two dummies are clearly used dangling from a helicopter, representing SAS soldiers entering the building through the top floor windows. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Hadley: When the SAS is called upon to do what we're trained to do, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It's a filthy and difficult job. We don't like doing it, but it's our duty.
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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 »

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Hi-Jack
(uncredited)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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A Bondish film without the increasingly irrelevant Bond
6 October 2003 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

With so many then current and future 007 people working on the film, the professionalism is impressive: Maurice Binder (title design), Syd Cain (art direction), Phil Meheux (photography), Gordon McCallum (sound), not to mention the awesome stunt work of Bob Simmons and Stuart St. Paul. Oh, and pretty-boy Lewis Collins was strongly considered as a Roger Moore replacement; probably wouldn't have been too bad (though his running down the hallway at the end of WDW, shirt open, chest hair rippling in the wind was a bit much!).

Roy Budd never did a Bond, though he should have.

There are a number of things going against WDW if you tuck to the left: it's a film loaded with testosterone, it considers terrorist coddeling SO New York Times, the good guys win and bad guys loose. This is not a Steven Segal pink-belt action film; we're not making the earth more friendly for chlorophyll.

Judy Davis owns the screen whenever she's on, the Weatherman-type brat who hates the world and thinks mucking it up further is a good solution. Davis actually manages something here she's not often given a chance to: be sexy.

The hostage scenes involve a wee-bit too much talking and thank goodness Mr. Widmark is on hand. He's not even given very good dialog, but holds his own against the quickly unraveling Davis.

And oh, the action. The hand-to-hand fights are brutal and balletic. The two action pieces at the end of the film, one dealing with the precision rescue of Rosalind Lloyd and the other the retaking of the hostage house are unforgettable.

This played for about a week in Los Angeles as The Final Option, which is a bit better title than Who Dares Wins (although that's the SAS motto). The theatre I sat in was packed, but somehow packed theatres do not always equal "box office."

President Reagan liked it, which meant no critic worthy of his two thumbs could be caught liking it. I liked it so much, I read everything I could on the SAS. If you enjoy watching films Maureen Dowd and Robert Scheer would never understand, this one's for you.

I'm hopeful this and The Wild Geese (another politically incorrect actioner) will show up on USA DVD soon.


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