The Delta Force is one of the few movies that Cannon actually spent money on. An epic film with an all-star cast of has beens and never weres. Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin (who passes the torch to Chuck) co-star as a pair of black o.p.s. commando team leaders who didn't get the job done back in Teheran 1980, vowed back then to never screw up again. This time they get the chance to redeem themselves when a jumbo jet is hi-jacked by a pair of very sweaty "arabs". Robert Forester plays the lead hi-jacker (he looks like he must have sweated a can of Crisco). Old celebrities can be spotted through out the picture, (check out Robert Vaughn's new "do". I guess that Swedish hair formula must have really worked!).
Even though this was meant to be an epic film based on recent events, in reality it's nothing more than Chuck Norris trying to one up the competition by taking out those no good terrorists who are all hopped up on the Qu'ran. We also get to see Lee Marvin go out in true fashion, appearing in a low budget Cannon film playing second fiddle to Chuck Norris. Years of hard living had finally caught up to Mr. Marvin who bows out of the living world after this film was completed.
This is actually a fun film to watch. Chuck doesn't ruin the film with his non-acting. The villains are so broadly drawn that the movie plays out like a farce. Watching the older actors trying to out act each other is a real hoot. Too bad Cannon Films didn't make more productions like this. If they did they might have become another New Line Cinema instead of another Hammer Films, Amicus or even to a lesser extent Shaw Brothers Ltd.
It's a shame M.G.M. cheaped out on the D.V.D. transfer. A classic epic like this one should have received the deluxe treatment. Restored with a nice letterbox presentation. The poster was awesome as well. They should have used it as the D.V.D. cover.
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