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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-two-three-four-we don't want a nuclear war.....
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...
Published on 26 July 2010 by Matthew Norton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Collins............
Lewis Collins manages to make the best from a terrible script as SAS Captain Peter Skellen in an unlikely tale of VIP hostages being taken by a CND-type organisation objecting to nuclear weapons on British soil. The film isn't improved by Blu-ray, which appears to be quite poor in today's world of full HD and re-mastered TV and film coming from the 60s, 70s and 80s...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-two-three-four-we don't want a nuclear war....., 26 July 2010
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Matthew Norton (Wolverhampton, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Who Dares Wins [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
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. We don't like doing it, but it's our duty." The bulk of the film centres on Skellern's infiltration of the terrorist movement, and his "relationship" with its' leader Frankie Leith (Judy Davis). Those with little patience may thus find themselves fidgeting a bit, but there is ample reward when the action finally does begin, including of course the famous tracking shot with Skellern and SAS comrades charging down the corridor of the US Ambassador's residence. There is also a excellently staged single-shot sequence where a terrorist is standing guard on a balcony, and an SAS man abseils down and shoots him. Then there is the fate that awaits Frankie Leith, as she and Skellern stare down each other's gun barrels....
Along with those already mentioned, the high-grade cast includes Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward, John Duttine, Robert Webber, Patrick "Protect And Survive" Allen and Anna Ford as herself. The title music is ace, and the grimy early Eighties ambience that permeates the film is quite intoxicating. It also boasts a fantastic catfight between Mrs Skellern and a very boo-hiss Ingrid Pitt, as one of two terrorists who have taken Mrs Skellern and her baby daughter hostage. It's more vicious than outside Chicago Rock Cafe in Wolverhampton on a Friday night!
"Who Dares Wins." One of my favourite movies.
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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
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P. W. Charnley (United Kingdom.) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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Chris (Cardiff, South Wales) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Who Dares Wins [DVD] [1982] (DVD)
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.
BUY IT!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't take it too seriously!, 25 Jan 2004
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Rob (Bolton UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Who Dares Wins [DVD] [1982] (DVD)
The whole thing about the film is not to take it too seriously. I enjoyed the action pieces in the movie, especially the rescue of Skellerns wife at the mews. I always disapprove of love interests in this kind of film, to me it smacks of trying to appeal to too many types of viewer. At the end of the day this is a good guy versus bad guy military action movie. But again don't take the whole thing too seriously. Its just a shoot em up flick with the good guys winning. I enjoyed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Go Army Ninjas!, 21 Jun 2012
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Mr. S. Storey "eats beans" (not at work) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Who Dares Wins [DVD] (DVD)
Captain Peter Skellen is drummed out of the SAS for being a tough as a goats knee. His skills and obvious contempt for authority mark him as an ideal candidate to help a fringe terrorist group capture and hold a stately home full of visiting American dignitaries. Their mission accomplished, they threaten to kill hostages if the authorities dont set off a Nuclear explosion. Skellen's in deep and what's more, the terrorists tumble his game and kidnap his family to ensure his compliance. These terrorists should've watched the footage of the Iranian Embassy siege two years earlier, if they had, they'd have seen their assured fate as Skellen and his black clad unit take them apart. This isn't an action picture and I think that put lots of people off as they associated Lewis with the Professionals action series. I like to think of it as an espionage tale with a very classy slice of action in the final reel. It's a slick production and Lewis Collins is brilliant in the role, the rest of the cast is made up of well known faces and proper actors. Some of the cinematography's a treat; the Welsh mountains look magestic, there's a dark foreboding sky above a Hereford training area and even the music is tough. The source material the Tiptoe Boys is darker, more detailed and a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SAS training scenes are great, 13 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Who Dares Wins [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Who dares wins is a very enjoyable film

I watched Who Dares Wins with my lady friend. She had not heard of Who Dares Wins

We watched every scene carefully.

There are some great scenes. I really liked the training sequence in the welsh mountains. Visually beautiful

The main actor is fantastic. He would have made an interesting James bond

The evil female gun expert villain is excellent and very believable.

Excellent drama. Solid story. Superb actors
Worth buying and renting
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film yet seriously underrated, 6 April 2010
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Mr. A. J. Tennant "Metalhead" (Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Who Dares Wins [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Who Dares Wins is one of the best films I have ever seen, yet so far I've only seen it twice. I first saw it on the now defunct cable channel called Granada Plus, and then I watched it on the DVD I bought recently. I enjoyed it first time around, and still enjoy it now. I was amazed to discover that this film did well in the UK Box Office, but did poorly in the US Box Office. It's just a shame that a lot of Americans (if not all of them) don't like British films because I reckon they feel that we Brits don't know how to make films, whether they are good or not. Who Dares Wins featured very good actors like Lewis Collins (who played the main character Peter Skellern), Maurice Roeves (pronounced Reeves but spelled differently), John Duttine, the late great Edward Woodward, and all the others in the film. Buy this if you're a fan of decent action films like this one, you won't regret it. Excellent delivery service from Kyle4DVDs by the way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good UK action film, 2 July 2010
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Nice wide screen copy although the Blu Ray seem to show a lot of grain due to it's age.

There is a standard dvd disc supplied.

The Blu Ray is Region Zero so played well for me here in Canada.

Story of under cover SAS officer working to infiltrate 'Peace Terrorists' is a fine story that keeps you entertained for 2 hours & I have a soft spot for Lewis Collins films anyway!

Very enjoyable, extras nothing that has not been seen before.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated Film - Mediocre DVD, 19 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Who Dares Wins [DVD] [1982] (DVD)
Who Dares Wins is a vastly underated film. The action sequences and the soundtrack are superb and it features a great cast of British character actors. Some of the script and acting is dodgy, but it's hardly unique in that respect. It's a shame Universal simply used the old Polygram video master as their source as a new remaster with an interview etc. would have done this film justice.
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