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USA, Spain, UK
Drama, Thriller, Action
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Richard Lester
Ian Holm as Nicholas Porter
John Stride as Hughes
Caroline Mortimer as Susan McLeod
Jack Watson as Chief Engineer Mallicent
Roy Kinnear as Social Director Curtain
Shirley Knight as Barbara Bannister
Roshan Seth as Azad
Clifton James as Corrigan
David Hemmings as Charlie Braddock
Richard Harris as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
Julian Glover as Commander Marder
Freddie Jones as Sidney Buckland
Omar Sharif as Captain Alex Brunel
Anthony Hopkins as Supt. John McLeod
Storyline: Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with 1200 passengers. He is asking for a £500,000 ransom, otherwise the 7 bombs aboard will explode. An experienced anti-bomb squad is sent to the "Britannic", but although all the bombs are located, a very high skill level will be necessary to dismantle them. Perhaps that task is impossible... Written by Luis Carvacho
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The British should have made more disaster flicks
This is a nice little rarity from the 70's - a disaster film that's actually good. It's about a bomber who plants several drums of high powered explosives on a British ocean liner and threatens to use it to sink the ship if payment of a half million pounds is not made. Cue Dr. Evil.

What's interesting about this movie, is that instead of boring us with the usual soap-opera antics (the edge-of-divorce couple, the terminally-ill child, etc.) the cruise itself turns into a disaster for everyone before the bombs are ever revealed. The ship immediately sails into a storm to which the captain learns that the new gyros they upgraded to are not working, causing the ship to pitch heavily, getting most everybody on board seasick. The weather outside is bad, so all the guests are moping around, shutting themselves up in their cabins or braving the lounge and the overenthusiastic entertainment director, played by Roy Kinnear, who always seemed to find himself in these kind of roles. Those who venture out onto the rolling decks can't prevent their shuffleboard games from drifting into the tennis court, both of which are placed in an area about the size of a three-car garage. In short, these people could use a good bomb crisis to liven things up.

Richard Harris plays the bomb-squad expert who is called upon along with his team to disarm the explosives. Perhaps 'expert' is not the right choice of words, as his crew end up setting off a couple of the bombs in trying to deactivate them. That, and the fact that Harris drinks on the job and at one point recommends throwing in the towel. And that is what makes this movie work - there are no typical heroics you would find in all the other standard-issue disaster flicks of the era. Even the paratroop-like arrival of Harris' team is sufficiently deflated when one of them clumsily loses his dive mask as he jumps from the plane. The ship's captain (Omar Sharif) is carrying on an adulterous affair, some of the bomb squad members get seasick on the ship, and the entertainment director eventually just gives up trying to raise the morale. Nobody is allowed any glory. One of my favorite moments is when a young boy, after being given a book about ships to pass the time with, correctly identifies an innocuous subtly-marked raised flag noting the presence of explosives on the liner, then nonchalantly exclaims "That's 15 points for me."

The movie does eventually button down and give a good, honest and tense bomb-defusing sequence at the end. There's the usual 'which wire to cut' business, but by the time the movie gets there, it has well established that it's not going to be quite that predictable about it. A good British cast is included as well. In addition to Harris and Sharif (who isn't British), Ian Holm and Anthony Hopkins are present, playing landlubber executives trying to help catch and prevent the bomber from fulfilling his threat. I couldn't find Michael Caine, however. He might have been off making a Jaws movie or something. At any rate, this is an excellent thriller that also provides some choice sardonic humor along the way.
Amazing cast!
How about this cast, huh? Anthony Hopkins, Richard Harris, David Hemmings, Ian Holm, and Omar Sharif, all at the top of their game, in this thrilling adventure. It's a touch dated (I think the bomber only asks for a million pounds), but well-paced and well-made. Great stuff!
Some suspense, but not enough
When the disaster film craze started to brew up in Hollywood in the early 1970s, the British decided to jump on the bandwagon and make one of their own, that being this film. But it was a huge flop at the box office. It doesn't take long into watching it to figure out why. The first half of the movie is for the most part really boring; it's slow-moving, lacks tension, has weakly constructed characters, and there is no real action. The second half is a little more successful - there is a little tension and suspense brewed. But it's too little and too late. What this movie really needed (among other things) was a few bona fide ACTION sequences to keep the tension high and make the movie appear that it was MOVING. Too many British films that have tried to ape American action films have simply forgotten to deliver when it comes to action and instead become talky gabfests. Incidentally, more than ten years after this movie was made, an episode of the American TV show "MacGyver" blatantly ripped off this movie. Despite being a rip-off, I remember that episode being better (and shorter) than "Juggernaut".
Terrific British suspense thriller
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I've just had the pleasant experience of rewatching Juggernaut which I haven't seen since I was a kid back in 1975. What a terrific film! The story concerns a luxury cruiser - the HMS Brittanic - caught in a storm at sea when a terrorist, the 'Juggernaut' of the title, announces that he has planted seven bombs on board and demands a ransom in exchange for the passengers lives (the passengers can't take to the lifeboats because of the storm). So it's up to bomb disposal expert Fallon (Richard Harris) and his team to get on-board the ship by parachuting into the sea with their equipment from an RAF plane. But when negotiations between the terrorist and the police collapse Fallon and his men find themselves in a desperate race against time.

Sounds promising, huh? And the cast is amazing. In addition to Harris you've got David Hemmings as Fallon's sidekick, Anthony Hopkins as the policeman whose wife and kids are trapped on-board the stricken liner, Roy Kinnear (in a scene stealing performance) as the ships hapless entertainments officer and Omar Sharif as the ships captain. There's lots of great British character actors too including Freddie Jones (Firefox), Julian Glover (For Your Eyes Only), Ken Collee (The Empire Strikes Back, Ripping Yarns) and Ken Cope (who played the ghost in Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased).

The production values are equally impressive. The actors are actually on-board a real ocean liner in what looks like fairly rough weather. In some of the deck scenes you can actually see them sliding back and forth across the deck against rolling, grey, choppy seas. There isn't one faked up shot of actors in front of a back projection setup that I could spot and the realism adds a palpable 'you are there' sense of authenticity.

Juggernaut was directed by Richard Lester who demonstrates real talent for making the personal lives of those trapped on the ship as watchable as the suspense sequences. The crew and cast of the Brittanic aren't the laughable cardboard cut-outs of an Irwin Allen epic like The Poseidon Adventure but recognisable individuals with problems sharply observed by Lester with dry, British understatement. Chief amongst them is pretty American actress Shirley Knight who starts off as the Captain's mistress but wins our sympathy by discovering she has more in common with Kinnear's sensitive loser than Sharif's handsome but heartless Captain.

The unique setting of an ocean liner is also very well exploited, especially in one edge-of-your-seat sequence where a kid and a steward end up trapped between sealed bulkheads with a bomb about to explode. The dialogue (credited in part to Alan Plater) is consistently sharp and makes some pointed political digs. When the head of the company (Ian Holm) which owns Brittanic offers to pay Juggernaut's ransom a creepy Govenment rep advises him against it because of the subsidies HMG is paying to the company. When several people get killed even Holm's businessman can't stomach the callousness of risking several hundred lives for the sake of a Government investment, 'Tell him to go stuff his subsidies!' he yells at the adviser in one of many audience-pleasing moments.

Juggernaut is a work of rock solid professionalism and boasts a nail-biting climax. It's a reminder of what suspense thrillers used to be like before the Die Hard's and their successors twisted the format almost beyond recognition. I enjoyed Juggernaut a lot and I think you will too.
Great Cinematography, Top Notch Cast, Strange Errors in Plot and Dialogue
If you love ocean liners, the sea, and a good adventure yarn this movie might be just your cup of tea despite the film's serious shortcomings. As well, there is a wonderful cast of familiar - though much younger- faces (Omar Sharif, Richard Harris, Shirley Knight, Anthony Hopkins, Roy Kinnear, et al.) This wonderful raw material, however, is ill served by some rather horrendous plot and dialogue lapses.

On an ocean liner - beautifully filmed plowing through heavy seas - that is threated with destruction by multiple on-board bombs it does not seem to have occurred to the director to have the passengers and crew wear life jackets! What's worse, while defusing the bombs, a bomb-disposal "expert" (Richard Harris) not only announces that he's turning a screw "clockwise" when he's actually turning it counter-clockwise, but often announces what he's doing only after he's done it! At one point he announces that he's going to cut a particular wire, but then cuts a different one! Needless to say, if he had blown himself up his team mates would have assumed that the wire that he said he was going to cut was the incorrect one, they would have cut the other one, and they, too, would have been blown to smithereens! These lapses in dialogue are totally inexcusable. How on earth can Richard Harris turn a screw in one direction while saying that he's turning it in the opposite direction and have this apparently escape the notice of Harris, the director, the film editor, and everyone else involved? This is the verbal equivalent of having an actor wearing a red shirt in one frame that magically turns into a green shirt in the next.

This is not a low-budget film. That's a real passenger liner at sea that they're filming, and the cast must have cost a bundle, as well. There are even cameo appearances by Michael Hordern and Cyril Cusack! What could have gone down as one of the best adventure films is, alas, just another missed opportunity. Such a shame. Nevertheless, go see it just to know what might have been.
A very cool 70's thriller!
Back in the seventies disaster movies were the big thing - the Poseidon Inferno, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Airport, etc. Briton Richard Lester, director of the Beatles movies and a lot of comedies, went the same way with his thrilling 1974 bombs-on-a-big-ship thriller starring Richard Harris, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins and Omas Sharif. The plot is rather simple, but thrilling and entertaining from the beginning to the end. You will maybe even stop breathing during the ongoing action and suspense that are dominating the second half of the film when Harris and his team are trying to defuse seven bombs on the travel ship on its way over the Atlantic Ocean. Don't miss this suspense thriller when they show it on your TV station, it's worth being watched even after nearly thirty years.
Well worth a watch!
Actually, not a bad film at all: the ever reliable Richard Harris (probably getting warmed up for his Rafer Janders role in WILDGEESE) steals the show playing the slightly cynical, cocky bomb disposal trouble shooter whose tired of life and doesn't know who the good guy's are anymore! He plays the part well and is supported by Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, Omar Sharif and a huge assortment of fine British character actors.

There is no nudity, profanity, endless gun battles nor a huge body count but a lot of dialog, so anybody under the age of the 35 will be bored stiff and consequently unable to follow the movie! In addition because it was made in 1974 there is no scenes with anybody tapping away on a computer or cell phones going off all the time and lastly no American squared-jawed tough guy to save the day. Fashions and hairstyles can all come back into favor I suppose but to me the most dated part of the film was when one of the support staff back at central command was drawing the bomb on a black board with chalk! That type of support would be utterly ludicrous today in the light of new technology. Never the less it's well paced, engrossing and a very under valued 70's thriller which I would certainly recommend!

The DVD has been restored to full grace and viewers can see at first hand the gray miserable weather that you can get around the British Isles, as well as the outrageous fashions and hairstyles way back then. It's well worth a rent for all of the above! (Note: in the 1980's TV series MACGUYVER there was an episode where they ripped off the plot from this movie.)
A Richard Harris Tour de Force
I had the opportunity of seeing this movie in a full theatre. By the 2/3 point of the movie you could hear a pin drop, and when Richard Harris starts working on the last bomb (no spoilers), people were literally jumping out of their seat.

This is a tense, very dramatic movie. Richard Harris' performance is a tour de force, full of swagger, intelligence and fear.

There is a superb supporting cast as well, including Clifton James, Roy Kinnear as a very annoying social director and Omar Sharif as the cold, aloof captain. A young Anthony Hopkins is also on-hand back in London.

Great direction by the never boring Richard Lester. Highly recommended. See it with people, even on Video.
Reasonably exciting and solid suspense thriller with an exceptional cast.
Director Richard Lester certainly had the know-how to draw good performances from the great drunkards of our time. In 1973 he got Oliver Reed giving his performance of the decade in a couple of Musketeers films, and just a year later he coaxes a fine acting job out of the formidable Richard Harris in this rather exciting suspense flick.

The HMS Britannic is a huge luxury liner travelling across stormy seas when news reaches the captain, Brunel (Omar Sharif), that his vessel has been targeted by a mad bomber who simply calls himself the "Juggernaut". The Juggernaut claims that he has placed several bombs aboard the ship and he will only refrain from detonating them if he receives a hefty ransom. A weary, experienced bomb disposal expert, Fallon (Richard Harris), and his team are parachuted aboard the Britannic to locate and defuse the devices. The bomb disposal team realise pretty quickly that the explosive devices they're dealing with are more treacherous than usual, with various booby traps and trip-wires that might vaporise them at any moment. . Meanwhile, back on dry land a policeman named John McLeod (Anthony Hopkins), whose wife and kids are on the stricken ship, races against time to unmask the identity of the bomber. In a taut finale, the captured Juggernaut reveals how to safely deactivate the bombs…. but is he telling the truth, or does he plan to supply false information to his captors, thereby triggering the bombs and sinking the ship?

"Juggernaut" has a fantastic cast by any standards – besides the considerable presence of Harris, Hopkins and Sharif, there is Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Freddie Jones, Clifton James, David Hemmings and Roy Kinnear. Kinnear is especially good as the ship's entertainment organiser, while Hemmings generates convincing anxiety as one of the cool-nerved bomb disposal guys. Knight is somewhat wasted as the customary glamorous American female, most likely included so that the film might attract a little box office business in the States. The excitement is kept at a good pitch thanks to Lester's direction and the eventful script by Richard DeKoker and Alan Plater. While the plot is very basic and unoriginal, it serves its purpose by getting the audience gripped in the potentially disastrous proceedings. There's nothing new or ground-breaking about "Juggernaut" – it is merely an exercise in suspense which pushes all the right buttons and delivers its intended excitements with professional, polished precision.
Well made but still dull...
SPOILER ALERT! A so-so suspense yarn directed in the most restrained way, especially when you consider that the director is Richard Lester. Lester, usually the most imaginative film-maker, hands in what amounts to journeyman work. Richard Harris heads a large cast as a British navy man trying to defuse seven bombs planted on an ocean liner during a transatlantic trip. Harris cracks a lot of jokes and yells a lot at ship's captain Omar Sharif. It's all very tame and extremely well put together but nevertheless lacks punch. In addition to Harris & Sharif, the impressive cast includes Anthony Hopkins, David Hemmings, Ian Holm and Shirley Knight in the odd role of Sharif's shipboard mistress. Freddie Jones, Michael Hordern and Cyril Cusack appear briefly...one of them is a lunatic.
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