July 23rd, 2014: The Delta Force (1986)

The Delta Force

Cast and Crew:  Menahem Golan (Director, Co-Writer, Producer); Yoram Globus (Producer); Alan Silvestri (Score); Lee Marvin, Chuck Norris, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Robert Vaughn, Robert Forster, Lainie Kazan, Bo Svenson, Shelly Winters, Steve James, Kim Delaney, Kevin Dillon, Liam Neeson, Eric Norris

What It’s About:  When terrorists hijack an American airliner flying out of Greece the Delta Force is sent in to rescue the hostages.

Why Watch It Today?:  The film climaxes with an ambush on this date in 1985.  The first half of the film plays like a very late Airport sequel in which the plane is hijacking and George Kennedy’s Patroni has joined the priesthood, while the second half is a more typical Chuck Norris action film from the mid-80s.  The disconnect between the two styles can be fun-provided you are accompanied by some game friends and perhaps your favorite alcoholic beverages.

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