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The Delta Force (1986)

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

Director:

Menahem Golan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Scott
Lee Marvin ... Nick
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 ... Captain Campbell
Robert Vaughn ... General 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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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:

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Alan Silvestri's electronic score gained a new life when ABC Sports used it to intro their Indianapolis 500 broadcasts from 1988-1998 and again in 2001. It was also used for the intro of the Brickyard 400 until ABC lost the race rights to NBC Sports in 2001. According to famous Indianapolis 500 anchor Paul Page, he does not want any ESPN/ABC anchor to use this music in intros for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 unless he narrates the intros himself. It is now used on the XM Satellite broadcasts of IndyCar racing events, of which Paul Page is the announcer. See more »

Goofs

When the team breaches the room and rescue the hostages, they go underneath the floor for surprise entry. Although blind breaching is a common practice in special teams training. They would never go through the floor knowing that hostages are in the in the room. To do so they would injure or even kill the hostages. See more »

Quotes

Harry Goldman: I was in Beirut 20 years ago. You should've been here then. It was beautiful! Beirut had casinos, dances, parties, concerts. It was the Las Vegas of the Middle East.
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Alternate Versions

The initial Region-1 DVD was mistakenly released without the Arab language subtitles and location captions. However, this problem was reported and resolved. Most current Region 1 DVD's on the shelf now include the original subtitles and captions as originally intended. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Delta Farce (2007) See more »

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One of the best anti-terrorist films to date.
18 September 1999 | by Chiron1987See all my reviews

The Delta Force is a fast-paced, enthralling action film featuring a top-notch cast, great action sequences, and a poignant story line. Chuck Norris and the immortal Lee Marvin headline as members of the elite Delta Force commando unit who are called in to rescue a hijacked airliner heading back to the U.S. from Israel. Cameos by such Hollywood legends as former Rat Packer Joey Bishop and Twelve Angry Men's Martin Balsam abound, as well as a good performance by Robert Forster as our megalomaniacal and stalwart Palestinian madman, Abdul.

Some, including a few on the IMDb, have labeled the villains stereotypical, but I would have to disagree. The terrorists' portrayals were right on target, and true to form. Palestinian terrorists obviously DO NOT like Israelis, or any Jewish people, for that matter. That's not stereotypical, that's the truth!

To see The Delta Force's inspiration, check out Irvin Kershner's Raid on Entebbe from 1977. Based on a true account of the Israeli special forces rescue of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, you will see eerie similarities.

Both films are highly recommended.


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Country:

USA | Israel

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew | Greek

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,768,900
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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