The Delta Force

February 14th, 1986


The Delta Force

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A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists...

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.2/10 (7,175 voted)

Director: Menahem Golan

Stars: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam

A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) as been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner and who's involved in the hijacking and try to retake the plane before the terrorists kill all the hostages.

Writers: James Bruner, Menahem Golan

Chuck Norris - Maj. Scott McCoy
Lee Marvin - Col. Nick Alexander
Martin Balsam - Ben Kaplan
Joey Bishop - Harry Goldman
Robert Forster - Abdul
Lainie Kazan - Sylvia Goldman
George Kennedy - Father O'Malley
Hanna Schygulla - Ingrid
Susan Strasberg - Debra Levine
Bo Svenson - Capt. Campbell
Robert Vaughn - Gen. Woodbridge
Shelley Winters - Edie Kaplan
William Wallace - Pete Peterson
Charles Grant - Tom Hale (as Charles Floye)
Steve James - Bobby

Taglines: They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away!

Release Date: 14 February 1986

Filming Locations: Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel

Opening Weekend: $5,959,505 (USA) (17 February 1986)

Gross: $17,768,900 (USA) (11 May 1986)

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Did You Know?

The C-130 at the end of the film has a tail number of 4X-FBB. This is the number of a C-130H flown by the Israeli Air Force. -FBB is former USAF 71-1375, delivered to IAF in October or November of 1971. The aircraft has also used tail numbers 4X-JUB and 4X-EBB while with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). The Lockheen C-130 Hercules is known in Hebrew as the 'Karnaf', which means Rhinoceros.

Errors in geography: When the Delta Force arrives at the airport to leave country, they sneak through a cotton field, Lebanon does not have such fields, Israel does.

Harry Goldman: I was in Beirut 20 years ago. You should've been here then. It was beautiful! Beirut had casinos, dances, parties, concerts. It was the Las Vegas of the Middle East.

User Review

good for the first half, cheesy for the second


THE DELTA FORCE is an odd movie. The first hour of the film is a well written and directed portrait of an airline highjacking. The music is tense and the performances are solid (especially Robert Forster as the head terrorist). Then, when Chuck and Lee show up, the film turns into a patriotic cheesefest where the delta force whips out the terrorists along to cheesy 80s patriotic pop music. The film definitely goes down from here. The director should've realized that the first half was tense and realistic and decided to keep it that way, even if they were going to have the delta force take out the terrorists. I really dont know why they changed the mood of the film so much, because if they had'nt, this could've been an excellent actioner. The second half is still somewhat enjoyable and very unintentionally funny, but those who think that the second half of the film would be as gripping as the first will be disappointed. 3/5


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