10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I must confess to being a bit surprised by this, my first foray into the world of the Chuck Norris film. Expecting a generic shoot-em-up and action flick I was genuinely surprised at the time spent on developing a reasonably intelligent script with decent characters (as well as the excellently done shoot-em-up and action sequences).
It's a simple premise, a plane has been hijacked by some nasty terrorist types, and it's up to Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris to save the hostages and kick the bad guys rumps. The film makers have thrown in every available plot device to make the mission as difficult as possible, and some effective look at the attitudes of the time and place, especially towards Jews. It's an entertaining romp that occasionally makes you stop and think.
With a host of familiar faces and great actors (Martin Balsam, George Kennedy, Joey Bishop, Bo Svenson) as the hostages, the scenes on the plane which are necessarily missing the two main stars are well portrayed and hold the attention, and in some cases manage to have quite an impact. The action team are well chosen, with Norris doing his usual stuff and Marvin grumping about looking mean. They work well together to bring a real feel of excitement to the screen.
It's not a film without flaws, most of the introductory scenes set years before the hijacking a the attempts to get Norris' character onto the rescue mission could have been dropped and only serve to make the film longer without really adding to the plot. Robert Vaughn is somewhat wasted as the general in charge, and at times the terrorists are a little too clichéd, but in general this is a classic. An especially nice touch is the final scene with the differing receptions for the freed hostages and the special ops team who rescued them. A thoroughly entertaining film, and a fitting end to Lee Marvin's carer, 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
The Delta Force is, if you didn't already know, an elite band of American soldiers who do everything from rescue hostages to perform excessive wheelies on motorbikes while pursuing planes on runways. So, when some nasty ol' terrorists take a plane-load of innocent civilians hostage, the government calls in Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris. The terrorists don't stand a chance.
The current trend in Hollywood film-making is serious, serious, serious. Franchises like The Bourne Identity, Nolan's Batman saga and post-Brosnan James Bond are dark and moody. Sure, they're great films, but are they fun? Do you really find yourself cheering and laughing as you watch? I didn't. But I sure did with the Delta Force.
There's no way the Delta Force can be taken totally seriously. The Delta Force are basically indestructible and the terrorists unable to hit anything with their hopelessly inadequate machine guns (think the Stormtroopers in Star Wars). Chuck Norris therefore guns, hits and generally blows up hundreds of bad guys without even ruffling his beard.
Yes, it's daft. Yes, it's unrealistic. And, yes, it's probably a bit dated and maybe even a little politically incorrect in its representations of certain `non-western' cultures. But, if you can put all that aside, it's also damn good fun. My one regret is that I watched it alone. It's the perfect movie to invite the guys round and have a few beers to.
Seriously, they don't make `em like they used to. Tragic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2012
Awesome from the start with amazing music an 80s atmosphere to die for !!!The plot is simple with terrorist scum high jacking a plane and an anti Jew rhetoric . Team delta to the rescue which back in 86 was an evolving unit which in reality is far better than the crappy British SAS . Time to re-buy !!Oh love just love the scene when Chuck came off the truck and the music came on as the charging terrorist received a judo throw and tai Kwondo thrashing (forgive the spelling of the Korean MA ) I do Aikido.Then the awesome motorbike scene when Chuck was getting on board the plane on the motor bike whilst the plane was moving with the aid of a rope !!That reminds me , time for my total gym , evening work out !!Thanks Chuck !
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2007
That bit where he is riding the motorbike up the hill (without a crash helmet) and his mullet is blowing in the breeze... and the sun is just strating to rise. Norris IS all things 80's.
Useful fact: Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
The Delta Force 1986
Region 2 PAL UK MGM dvd
Political extremists have taken innocent people hostage...and only super soldiers Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin can save them in this astounding mix of fact, fantasy and heavy-duty adventure.
The first hour is full of drama as Robert Foster takes hostages including Martin Balsam, Shelley Winters ,George Kennedy and the beautiful Kim Delaney and Hanna Schygulla. The Delta Force has non-stop expolosive, wall to wall action for the second hour including a motor bike with rockets on.
Followed by The Delta Force 2 (1990).
Running Time: 124 Mins
Features: Original Theatrical Trailer
Aspect Ratio Approx: 1.85:1 (16:9) Widescreen
Audio: English Dolby Surround
French Mono, Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English, Italian, Danish, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, French, Swedish, Polish
Hard Of Hearing: English, German
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2003
The Delta Force delivers action, thrills and plenty of mindblowing sequences throughout the film. This particalar film is the last film which LEE MARVIN starred in before his death in 1987, but still gives a magnificent performance as COL. ALEXANDER, U.S DELTA FORCE. Chuck norris also stars as Major SCOTT McCOY, one of the leading soldiers of delta force.
Considering this movie was based on the 1985 T.W.A hijacking, it does give a form of realism to the actual event, also the tactics used by u,s delta force to tackle its enemy. But once again a great movie, with action, thrills and some emotional sadness. Worth giving a proper viewing.
on 15 July 2015
Action lovers rejoice as the holy grail of Chuck Norris vs. terrorist movies has come to blu-ray courtesy of the fine folks at Arrow. With a snazzy new transfer and extra features that will flame thrower your eyes into next week, this action gem delivers the goods and then some.
A holidaying passenger aircraft on its way from Athens to New York is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists (led by what I can only describe as a strangely orange faced Robert Forster in camp white suit combo) where these gnarly villains demand that the pilot re-route to Beirut. Luckily for the hapless passengers (a whole heap of 1970s disaster veterans - George Kennedy, Shelley Winters, et al), the terrorists weren't banking on an elite team of commandos known only as The Delta Force to be called in and save the day. Led by the no-nonsense Colonel Nick Alexander (a hard as nails Lee Marvin on full ass kicking duty) and grizzled Major Scott McCoy (icon in waiting Chuck Norris), the team saddle up and take down the terrorists in a bout of air punching patriotism that will have you yelping for joy and wanting to listen to the 'Rocky IV' soundtrack on a loop.
Arrow's blu ray presentation is a good little package. I'm not sure, but the transfer is very similar to the recent MGM US release where there seems to be alot of grain present, but as its film I had no issue with it. The daytime scenes are especially bright and the nighttime sequences are suitably dark - it all looks great. The extras are plentiful, but as usual with Arrow - the production quality on the docs is quite amateur. Besides an interview with Mark Hartley (who directed the disappointing Cannon Films doc 'Electric Boogaloo') there is a great interview with writer James Bruner who reminisces about working with Cannon and on a number of Chuck Norris pictures - there are some great anecdotes there and worth the watch.
All in all, a great release and worth the price Amazon are asking for it. Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chuck made a zillion throwaway B-movies for the notorious Cannon Films Group, the most popular of which is certainly 1986's The Delta Force, directed by Menahem Golan himself. The Golan/Globus team were infamous for demonizing Arabs, victimizing Jews, and turning American's into pure-hearted, clean-cut heroes. Delta Force amps this ridiculousness up to a million and really ought to be disregarded as any form of entertainment, but it still manages to be exciting and involving despite its many, many flaws.
Chuck is Captain/Major Scott McCoy, a Special Forces veteran disillusioned by the failure of Operation Eagle Claw in 1980. Some time later a couple of Islamic terrorists take over a flight from Athens to New York and make various insane demands. Chuck is brought back into action by boss Lee Marvin (in his last movie) and flown to Algiers with the Delta Force and their eccentric equipment and gadgets (such as rocket-launching motorcycles, which I am sure that they don't have in real life).
At 130 minutes the film just about manages to sustain its running time despite not having any significant plot developments or any twists of any kind. There's no tension of any sort either (if that is what you are looking for I suggest Executive Decision instead) but there is a fair amount of excitement in the action, however clumsily-staged by Golan. Alan Silvestri's popular score is perhaps a little too upbeat for the subject matter, but it helps keep the film moving.
By the end of the film, the tone is so aggravatingly patriotic, with the characters singing 'America the Beautiful' and fawning over the Delta Force (thankfully they restrain themselves enough to not chant 'USA! USA! USA!'), but there is an interesting counterpoint in this scene as the force go home tired and heartbroken at the loss of one of their crew. With this edge the film just about clings to respectability and give it some element of integrity, however small.
I much prefer the sequel, and there are better air-terror films out there, but it's worth watching even if it is a little dated by modern standards.
The Blu-ray features a very good 1.78:1 1080p transfer (which is odd as MGM usually keep flat-shot film in 1.85:1 but they've opened-up Delta Force a little bit) with a DTS HD-MA 2.0 soundtrack, which is good despite its limitations. The only extra is a trailer.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2007
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 Americans hostage (many of whom are the eternally oppressed ultra-victims of cinema - Jews) and it's up to Chuck Norris and his motley crew of bad-ass GIs 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 Mary Whitehouse.
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. 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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2008
It's all here! Gloriously politically incorrect, the sort of movie that just couldn't / wouldn't be made today. Guns, explosions, expendable terrorist henchmen, planes, motorbikes, car chases, classic one-liners, it's all here set against a powerful 1980's synthesiser soundtrack. Chuck Norris at his very best in a film which actually had a big budget. Watch after a few beers and it's the best 2 hours of TV you will ever watch - fantastic !!!!