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The Delta Force (1986)

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After a plane is hijacked by terrorists, The Delta Force are sent in to resolve the crisis.

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Menahem Golan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Maj. Scott McCoy
Lee Marvin ... Col. Nick Alexander
Martin Balsam ... Ben Kaplan
Joey Bishop ... Harry Goldman
Robert Forster ... Abdul
Lainie Kazan ... Sylvia Goldman
George Kennedy ... Father O'Malley
Hanna Schygulla ... Ingrid
Susan Strasberg ... Debra Levine
Bo Svenson ... Capt. Campbell
Robert Vaughn ... Gen. Woodbridge
Shelley Winters ... Edie Kaplan
William Wallace William Wallace ... Pete Peterson
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)
Steve James ... Bobby
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Storyline

When the two terrorists Abdul Rafai and Mustafa hijack a Boeing 707 in Athens with 144 passengers and 8 crews, they use a grenade to force pilot Captain Roger Campbell to fly to Beirut, Lebanon, instead of to Rome and New York. Meanwhile the Delta Force commanded by Colonel Nick Alexander and Major Scott McCoy are assigned to resolve the situation. Abdul and Mustafa separate the Jewish and Marine passengers and they are transported to Beirut, while twelve other terrorists embark on board. Then they fly to Algiers, where the women and children are released. McCoy and the Delta Force team are prepared to attack the plane when Alexander learns that there are now fourteen terrorists on board and not only two, and he aborts the mission. Abdul kills a Marine and returns to Beirut with the male passengers on board. Now the Delta Force needs to act in two locations crowded of terrorists to release the hostages. Will they succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Hijack....The Ordeal....The Rescue... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Israel

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew | Greek

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delta Force See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,959,505, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$17,768,900
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The C-130 at the end of the film has a tail number of 4X-FBB. This is the number of a C-130H flown by the Israeli Air Force. -FBB is former USAF 71-1375, delivered to IAF in October or November of 1971. The aircraft has also used tail numbers 4X-JUB and 4X-EBB while with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is known in Hebrew as the "Karnaf", which means "Rhinoceros". See more »

Goofs

Upon arriving in Algiers, Lee Marvin's character puts an American flag patch on the left shoulder, with the blue field to the rear. That patch would be worn on the right shoulder. The blue field is always towards the front. See more »

Quotes

Jaffer: If you try to be clever with me, Captain, I will kill you.
Capt. Campbell: That would make you a real hero, wouldn't it?
Jaffer: Yes, yes. Now, you go back to the press, but you watch what you say, huh?
Capt. Campbell: Now, ask your questions please, one at a time.
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This would never get made today.
4 March 2007 | by theskylabadventureSee all my reviews

As a product of the eighties (I had the misfortune to be born at the very beginning of them), I grew up on movies like this.

One has to wonder what went wrong. In the late sixties and seventies, America was putting out some of the best movies in the world. The reason for this, in my opinion, is that Americans (as a people) were suddenly not afraid of having faults. Vietnam and Nixon made America realise that it had a dark side, and this came through in its cinema. The results were some of the most palpable incarnations of the anti-hero ever put to film.

Alas, in the eighties, something changed. Suddenly, American heroes were not only invincible, but ethically flawless and totally righteous too. 'The Delta Force' is one of the pinnacles of the American hero movie.

In a nutshell, some evil Arab types take a plane full of innocent Jewish Americans and it's up to Chuck Norris and his crew of bad-ass GIs (all of whom sh*t stars and bleeds stripes, of course)to save the day. Watching it in the ultra-liberal, post-911 21st century, it's hard to believe this film even got made. It's so un-PC that it make Bill Hicks look like Porky Pig.

But here's the catch, it's so damn refreshing to see a piece of action cinema that serves no purpose but to entertain that 'The Delta Force' becomes a beautifully nostalgic piece of escapism that is hard to resist.

It is certainly a flawed film. The editor and director could sure have used a few lessons in pacing, notably around the totally extraneous character development scenes where we have it reinforced beyond any doubt that Jewish Americans are beyond reproach. However, one is more than willing to forgive this insult when presented with such testosterone-infested action sequences and cocksure pro-Americanism. It's one of those films that is so bad it's good.

'The Delta Force' is a movie that necessitates the disengagement of the brain and the full attention of the balls. If you have the capacity to do this, and overlook the fact that it is a disgraceful tool of American propaganda, you'll love it. I can just imagine this being George Bush's favourite movie...

Chuck Norris is, in many ways, the ultimate American hero; ruthless but virtuous, kind hearted yet bad-as-hell, the underdog yet the victor. After saving American soldiers from those nasty far-Easterners in the 'Missing in Action' series, Chuckie truly outdoes himself here. Taken with a large pinch of salt, or as a very shrewd satire (a la 'Team America'), 'The Delta Force' delivers in ways Bruckheimer and can only dream of.


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