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Who Dares Wins [DVD]

Lewis Collins , Judy Davis , Ian Sharp    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Ingrid Pitt, Edward Woodward, Richard Widmark
  • Directors: Ian Sharp
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005AX1X6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,660 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In an uncanny piece of art imitating life, Who Dares Wins came out in 1982 just after the infamous storming of the Iranian Embassy by the legendary British Special Air Services (SAS) unit. The plot builds up to that unshakeable image of black-clad troops abseiling the front of a stately home and smashing through the windows, and pays off expectations with a thrilling finale. Anyone expecting two hours of military instruction will be disappointed however. After the opening 10 minutes with the troops, the almost James-Bond-like story follows Lewis Collins (riding high in those days after TV's The Professionals) as he infiltrates a radical anti-Nuclear society. Operation: Destroy requires him to go undercover with their potentially insane leader Frankie (Judy Davis), ignoring his wife and child. The period detail is often the film's most entertaining feature as Collins tours across 1980s London constantly eluding spies on his tail. Apart from the endless permed hairdos and the fact that the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament hasn't got much to demonstrate about these days, there's the fashions and low-tech gadgetry to enjoy. In the US the film was called The Final Option.

The DVD includes a photo gallery, and a history of the SAS. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

When a British government undercover agent is assassinated, a radical anti-nuclear group is held responsible. SAS agent Skellen (Lewis Collins, The Professionals) is called upon to infiltrate the group and put an end to their terrorist activities.

He is welcomed into the group by its fanatical leader Frankie Leith (Judy Davis, A Passage to India) and gets closer to uncovering her plan to attack a major political target. The group raids the American embassy and Skellen, from within the residence, must use all of his skill and courage to support and guide his SAS colleagues to save the lives of the high-ranking hostages being held captive.

Who Dares Wins was inspired by the SAS rescue of hostages at the besieged Iranian Embassy in May 1980.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with legendary producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp
  • The making of Who Dares Wins
  • The Last of the Gentlemen Producers Extended Version

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A punchy British action flick from the same people who brought you punchy British action flicks "The Wild Geese" and "The Sea Wolves". SAS Captain Peter Skellern (Lewis Collins) is assigned to infiltrate an anti-nuclear terrorist group, the Revolution for Peace movement of the People's Lobby, as it prepares a spectacular publicity coup by taking top-level US and British dignataries hostage at a dinner in London and threatening to execute them unless a nuclear missile is fired - "in the name of peace" - at the US submarine base at Holy Loch. When negotiations stall and one of the hostages is killed, the SAS are sent in to rescue the others. That is the film in a nutshell. It isn't sophisticated, it isn't subtle, and if you are a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament then you may have a claim to feeling personally slighted. But as a solid action movie, "Who Dares Wins" is excellent - yes, it could very easily be taken as a feature-length episode of "The Professionals", although it would be unfair to say that Collins is merely reprising his Bodie role; Captain Skellern is for starters married (to Rosalind Lloyd) with a child, and while this doesn't stop him from being a complete tart for Queen and Country it does call for a little less smirking glibness than we got with the unattached, carefree Bodie. Skellern has more cares.
It is not action all-the-way, and this is to the film's advantage because, contrary to what some have said, "Who Dares Wins" is not gung-ho. The SAS are portrayed simply as a body of men doing the job they are ordered to do. Indeed, as the SAS Commanding Officer (a crisp Tony Doyle) explains in the early stages of the film: "When we are called to do a job, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It is a filthy and difficult job.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Action Film. 30 Aug 2009
Superb action film. The casting was perfect and the primary aspects of the movie came across as being believable and authentic, some certainly leapt from the pages of a comic book. But 'Who Dares Wins' was thoroughly enjoyed by most who saw it though, predictably, it was loathed by the critics who invariably operate from the self loathing, left wing, anti-establishment premiss of the modern intelligentsia. Any novel or film depicting fringe groups or minorities being represented by zealots and unhinged fanatics who pose a serious threat to the lives of the majority, and who are subsequently defeated by an organisation or individual employed to protect and stand up for them, has not got a hope in hell in the eyes, and with the pens, of such people in the mainstream media. See it and enjoy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic nostalgia - uniquely British 10 April 2010
I have loved this film for many years and to have the widescreen special edition is just great, all previous issues having been 4:3 format. As others have stated, this film just works almost DESPITE itself! By that I mean that that it isn't by any means a great film - the script often leaves much to be desired, and the plot is somewhat simplistic - but for all that it is fantastically entertaining and fun. I would say it is uniquely British and has a charm in the same sense as, for example, the "Carry On" movies. If you like British films in general, and particularly the more "vintage" variety, then you will almost certainly appreciate this. One of those comparatively rare instances when a fims supposed "failings" actually add something almost intangible but nevertheless greatly boost its entertainment value. In my opinion this is British cinema at its most entertaining.

As a footnote to those who do not realise it, the Blue-ray issue also contains an identical issue on DVD, and this is what the "2 disc" reference is about. Somewhat confusing, as no mention is made of this in the product decription on Amazon or for that matter on the front of the disc case! I suspect most people will therefore think that it is simply a Blue-ray release! Very odd marketing!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who dares wins 24 Nov 2002
By Chris
What a piece of Vintage Film. Anyone who stayed up for the the 9.00 showing each Sunday night of "The Professionals" and still watches them now with fondness will appreciate this film most. Equally fond thoughts will be harboured if you remeber vivdly the scenes of LIVE feed when the Iranian embassy was liberated by the real Men in Black. Namely "the Regiment" or Special Air Squadron(SAS). It is not meant to be the ultimate action film and was probably on a similar budget to The Professionals series but what they manage to capture is the same era and feelings that made you proud, wright or Wrong!, that we posess the means within this small miliatary power we now are, to take on the Baddies and prevail. With all that is written about the exploits of good old British Soldier during the world wars it`s a very satisfying to know that what we once were we still are in smaller number.
The film is a fabulous mixture of SAS action and delivered in a BOND way as we see a mock up training sequence behind the gates at Hereford and a view of the hostage room within the Killing house. Where no other than Mrs.Thatcher and Royal couples have been put through the paces of how to keep still when the SAS decide to enter to bring the terrorists impromptu dinner party to an end.
Buy this DVD it is a thrill to watch and feels very much like the Sweeney films in a nostalgic way, a sort of Top Flite episode of the Professionals. The climactic end sequence is second to none and stirrs the spirit and hairs on the back of the neck. Especially when Lewis Collins leads the troops down the corridor of the embassy to some fabulous back music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Forget the politics, it's just dreary and light on action
Inspired by the SAS's spectacular solution to the 1980's Iranian embassy siege in London, there's a decent 50-minute episode of The Professionals trying to escape from Who Dares... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Trevor Willsmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good film
Published 4 days ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars WIN
Published 6 days ago by black cat
5.0 out of 5 stars WDW
Aged very well. Lewis (RIP) at his finest. Opening titles soundtrack worth the cost of the dvd alone. Need I say more?
Published 6 days ago by AP
5.0 out of 5 stars A good action packed film
Seen this film years ago in pictures.. it still holds up on DVD. A good action packed film..
Published 15 days ago by Mr Clive Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars "On me, lads"
Great film. Bit slow in places, but a classic nonetheless. Best finale of any film ever :)
Published 24 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Janice Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s cool
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This is very good value for money. The picture and sound quality is excellent. Most surprising for the small price.
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
good classic, great acting action film, special affects, realistic plot, not watched this film for years, got it cheap here
Published 3 months ago by keef
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