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A liner in the middle of a storm riven Atlantic. 8 bombs aboard set to go off at dawn. A race against time to catch the bobmer and defuse the devices. So far so standard 1970's disaster movie. But there is something that sets this apart from the rest. There are no hysterically overdone performances here, heroic dramatic sacrifices, tearful confessions or the other overacted staples of the genre. That isn't to say there isn't a feeling of tension - there's plenty of that. But the understated performances of many of the cast, especially those portraying the passengers, really does give the impression of normal people dealing with extraordinary circumstances.

Richard Harris finds himself perfectly cast as the head of the bomb disposal team, scarred by a life spent on the edge. Anthony Hopkins as the detective quitely and calmly trying to find the bomber turns in a worthy performance. Ian Holme stands out as the beleagured chair of the liner company. The best turn though is Roy Kinnear's entertainment officer, trying to keep everyone's spirits up in those last few fateful hours.

The scenes of the attempts to defuse the bombs are totally gripping, and contrast well with the stories of the passengers waiting nervously until dawn for their fate. It is this contrast of quite realistic high drama with the tales of the 'ordinary folk' that makes this film such a standout for me.

A must see film.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 September 2013
Not to say there are no thrills in this 1974 British offering for the jumbled genres of action and disaster so prevalent in this particular decade, because there are more than enough for it to warrant entry into both genres. Although the sum of its parts is a simple Good Vs Evil axis the film has the bonus {and important trait} of characters that are thoroughly believable, be it Richard Harris's stoic Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon, or Roy Kinnear's Social Director Curtain, both men poles apart on a social level but crucially; both men that exist in the real world.

The film follows a predictable format of character building because the type of film demands it, if people are going to be in peril then we want to care about them, or at the very least know about them. Juggernaut does this very well, so that when the second half of the film kicks in, when the brave bomb disposal guys are putting life and limb on the line, the film has our undivided attention. It's then a case of hold your breath as the tension rises, and it's all played out with some delightful dialogue from the lead players in the film. This is good honest film making in a much criticised genre and it certainly is worth a look at least once for those interested in quality suspense without the end of the world being at stake. 7/10
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Juggernaut was more or less lumped in with the disaster movie genre when it came out in the mid-70s, possibly because the making of the film itself seemed so disastrous. Originally a Bryan Forbes film, Forbes was briefly replaced by Don Medford (who had also briefly taken over The Guns of Navarone after Alexander MacKendrick was fired and before J. Lee Thompson was hired) before Richard Lester took over. While it's easy to spot some of the typical Lester touches (such as poor offscreen jokes added during the dubbing sessions), it's so unlike most of his other films that you constantly find yourself wondering who directed what.

Regardless of where the credit lies, the end result is a terrific thriller, with Richard Harris' bomb disposal team parachuted to Omar Sharif's liner with several bombs aboard while Anthony Hopkins tries to track down the extortionist in London. The bomb disposal scenes are genuinely tense, the characterisation surprisingly strong enough to undercut potential clichés and Alan Plater's dialog quite superb, with the film offering both the required suspense and a neat little state-of-the-nation address of Britain in the early 70s. Really rather terrific.

Unlike the PAL Region 2 disc (which has absurdly been retitled Terror On the Britannic, a title that was never used in the UK), MGM/UA's Region 1 NTSC version includes the original trailer and has a decent widescreen transfer.
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on 24 April 2005
With the ever present ticking of a clock and nerve-wracking machine sounds, this is a taut, nifty disaster thriller, with the cruise ship HMS Britannic sailing to America, unknowingly with 7 bombs scattered aboard, set to explode; they have multiple booby-traps, and the saboteur wants not only money but revenge against the system that in his twisted mind feels slighted him.
The cast is great, with Richard Harris as the head of a demolition team, David Hemmings as his right-hand man, Omar Sharif as the ship's captain, and Anthony Hopkins as the man in charge of finding the bad guy (whose wife and children are aboard the ship); Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, and Roy Kinnear round out the cast.
The direction by Richard Lester, better known for his comedic musical films with The Beatles and not thrillers, is fast paced, with some superb effects; I especially like the suspenseful moments when the demolition crew arrives on the scene, parachuting into the stormy sea.
The screenplay by producer Richard DeKoker is intelligent, raising this film up from the average production in this genre, and the cinematography by Gerry Fisher excellent. The score by Ken Thorne is also good, but mostly one can only hear the tick...tick...tick...of the bomb.
Total running time is 109 minutes.
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on 10 July 2006
Terror on the Britannic a.k.a. Juggernaut is a simple yet powerful and effective suspense drama. Taking the generic 70s disaster element away for the moment, and you are left with a tension-filled character study. You are captivated by the 2 sections of the film; Anthony Hopkins on the hunt for 'Juggernaut' and of course Richard Harris's demolition team. The script is intilligent and reflects 70s Britain perfectly. The only problem i have with this DVD is that of the extras, or should i say the lack of extras. The transfer is pleasing and for the price it is very highly recommended.
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on 9 December 2010
This is essentially a very good film, full of suspense and drama. However, the end of the film ruined it for me. Do not read the following text as it will spoil the film for you....Richard Harris is faced with the dilemma of cutting a red or blue wire. He pleads with the Juggernaut to save the crew and tell him which wire he should cut - the red or the blue. The villain states "OK, cut the blue wire." This is where the plot completely falls down - Harris is seen hesitating, deciding whether or not to follow the Juggernaut's orders. WITHOUT letting the rest of his team know what he is about to do, he goes against the bomber's advice and cuts the red wire instead. This proves to be the correct decision, and only THEN does Harris convey this to his colleagues, yelling "cut the red wire, RED." So, what would have happened if he had cut the red wire and the bomb had gone off instead? The rest of his team would have thought Harris had followed the bomber's orders, cut the blue wire and been killed, leading them to start cutting the red wires too! KABOOM!

I still enjoyed the film though and would not put anyone off buying it.
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on 4 August 2011
You have come to the right place. You look tired, worn and just a little angry. You need a break from the multiple Matt Damon/Liam Neeson/Tom Cruise thrillers that modern life has subjected you to. It's ok, you are safe here. The story is simple, the camerawork is steady, and the acting first class. There is not one weak link in this film, as Richard Lester assembles a thriller with a light touch - certainly tense, but leavened with some humorous moments. Take this medicine in one go please : in doing so enjoy a tonic of distilled 1970s brilliance. As the beneficial effects sink in you may feel a mild sense of datedness. This is quite normal, don't be concerned. A quiet word; apparently this happened in 1972, Hercules, parachutes, the lot, but no bombs were found - it was a hoax. Repeat prescription as required.
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on 7 December 2010
Creditable for its edge of the seat plot, good character performances by Ian Holm and Anthony Hopkins, and a memorable appearance by the late, great Roy Kinnear, bless him.

David Hemmings was believable, as was Omar Sharif. Richard Harris was his usual entertaining self, (I will not speak ill of the departed). Freddie Jones is great as the creepy bad guy, Juggernaut.

Recommended as good entertainment.
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on 10 January 2016
All star cast from the 70s
A terrorist or mad x employee take your pick plants several bombs on a cruise liner

A special team is. Dropped onto the ship by the military to defuse the bombs

Also called terror. On the Britannic

Region A

Richard Harris
Anthony Hopkins
Ian holme
Freddie jones
Omar Sharif
David. Hemmings
Roy kinnear
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on 18 March 2010
Less spectacular and big budget than the contemporary Towering Inferno and Earthquake, this slick, clever thriller shows just what tenacious UK producers could do with a few pennies. Great cast line-up including Richard Harris and a well-fed David Hemmings. Filmed mainly on board a rusty cruise liner in dreadful weather, it could only ever be a British film. Clifton James makes an appearance as well as a stereotyped boorish American tourist - passing through on his way from the James Bond 'Golden Gun' stage, probably. Roy Kinnear appears as the reluctant entertainments officer offering just the right amount of comedy relief.
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