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  • Actors: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward, Robert Webber
  • Directors: Ian Sharp
  • Writers: George Markstein, James Follett, Reginald Rose
  • Producers: Chris Chrisafis, Euan Lloyd, Raymond Menmuir
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: EuroCine Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZ4R4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Climaxes with a stunning 20 minute sequence --Film4.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
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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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Who Dares Wins is a brilliant film, and this is a wonderful release from Arrow.

You get a nice little booklet, plus a revisable cover, and loads of bonus features.

The Blu-ray is very nice, and for the age of the film it gets a 4/5,
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Format: 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.
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Format: 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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By A Customer on 25 July 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Who Dares Wins.
Inspired by the SAS rescue of hostages at the besieged Iranian Embassy in May 1980 (itself the subject of a recent BBC2 documentary), this film received sniffy reviews at the time of its release, presumably out of some kind of inverted snobbery about "Good Guys" winning by force (why was this OK in The Magnificent Seven?) or in reaction to an alleged glamorisation of gratuitous violence. In truth, though undoubtedly violent, it is a very good action movie that has dated little, revolving about the incredible capabilities of 22 Regiment, the Special Air Service, to carry out what it calls Counter-Revolutionary Warfare. And, if this movie is remotely authentic (and it probably is), how incredible their tactics are.
In fact, the military expertise shown here is told in an almost understated, typically British way. The innumerable comic-book-style Delta Force movies are not in even a neighbouring league. It also touches on some very serious issues - witness, for example, the argument between captor Judy Davis and hostage American Secretary of State Richard Widmark about the rights and wrongs of countries having nuclear weapons in the name of peace and defence of democracy. Who, you might ask, are the real terrorists?
Lewis Collins stars as the cool but deadly SAS officer who has to infiltrate the terrorist anti-nuclear gang, Judy Davis as the gang's leader, John Duttine as her Marxist-revolutionary sidekick, Tony Doyle as the SAS chief and Edward Woodward, particularly fine as the calm but authoritative police commander. The nature of rescuing hostages with ultimate force is debated briefly but importantly by the latter two. Who knows when we will next be faced with this issue again?
But the real star of the movie is the reputation of the SAS itself.
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