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The Terrorists (1975)

Ransom (original title)
In a Scandinavian country, national security chief Colonel Tahlvik is tasked to rescue the passengers of a high-jacked British airliner while the British Ambassador is being held hostage at his residence by another terrorist team.

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Casper Wrede

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Paul Wheeler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Tahlvik
Ian McShane ... Petrie
Jeffry Wickham Jeffry Wickham ... Barnes
Isabel Dean ... Mrs. Palmer
John Quentin John Quentin ... Shepherd
Robert Harris ... Palmer
James Maxwell ... Bernhard
William Fox William Fox ... Ferris
Harry Landis ... Lookout Pilot
Norman Bristow Norman Bristow ... Denver
John Cording ... Bert
Christopher Ellison ... Pete
Richard Hampton Richard Hampton ... Joe
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Hislop
Karen Maxwell Karen Maxwell ... Eva
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Storyline

A gang of hijackers led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane) seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia. Ruthless Military Police Chief Colonel Tahlvik (Sir Sean Connery) is assigned to rescue the plane and its passengers. But he must also deal with the problem of the British Ambassador, whose residence has been seized by a second group of terrorists. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

Hijackers. Kidnappers. Killers. Only one man can stop them. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Terrorists See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is set in Scandinavia. However, Scandinavia is not a country, but rather a name given to the three countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The movie is filmed in Norway though. See more »

Quotes

Nils Tahlvik: National security becomes a farce if we throw away the rule of law.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SCANDINAVIA DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR See more »

Connections

Referenced in Casper och den förbjudna filmen (2009) See more »

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Action thriller with little action and no thrills.
4 September 2007 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Sean Connery plays a tough, uncompromising security chief who just happens to be a Swede with a distinctive Scottish burr in this forgotten thriller from the mid-70s. It's probably forgotten because it's all a bit hum-drum and consistently fails to thrill at any level. These were sort of Connery's wilderness years when he made a number of stinkers post-Bond (this, Zardoz, The Next Man) before finally hitting his stride. Having said that, he's still the best thing in this. Ian McShane can't compare and, sporting a three piece-suit and footballer's hair-do, makes a completely unconvincing terrorist.

The story is unnecessarily convoluted and – at less than 90 minutes – overlong, with a number of superfluous scenes. Characterisation is non-existent, the terrorist's ideology and objectives sketchily described, and the climax is badly bungled as black-and-white suddenly becomes a murky grey which grows even muddier when two (presumably) good guys come to blows.

The picture's one saving grace is Sven Nykvist's terrific photography. He captures some incredible images during the plane chase sequence which are simply staggering when viewed in high definition.


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