The Delta Force
is an action film from the year 1986.
After a plane is hijacked by terrorists, the Delta Force lead by Col. Alexander (Lee Marvin
in his final film role) and Maj. McCoy (Chuck Norris
) are deployed solve the crisis.
The film got two sequels; Delta Force 2 The Colombian Connection
in 1990 and Delta Force 3: The Killing Game
This film has the examples of:
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Hundred terrorists charge a schoolhouse thinking their opposition consists only of two Delta Force operators, only to turn tail and run when one operator sets off the explosives that they had planted in the building before the terrorists arrived.
- Cool Bike: Scott gets to ride on a dirt bike with dual rocket launchers, machineguns, and rear-facing grenade launchers. Twice.
- Colonel Badass: Colonel Nicholas Alexander, the man who gives Major Scott McCoy his orders.
- Ensemble Cast: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Joey Bishop, Martin Balsam, and Bo Svenson, to name a few.
- Irish Priest: Father O'Malley.
- Just Plane Wrong: Toward the end of the rescue, a Boeing 707 is shown practically bulletproof in that it takes fire from Kalashnikov rifles as it is taking off only to have the bullets apparently glance off its metal skin. In real life, such a plane's relatively thin aluminum skin would be perforated and the plane rendered unsafe or unable to fly. There's also the issue of supposedly USAF C-130s having Israeli Air Force numbers (since the C-130s were leased from the Israeli military for the film), but that issue is quite minor and easily overlooked compared to the Bulletproof Boeing.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Majorly Awesome: Scott.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: McCoy delivers one to the Big Bad at the end of the movie.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The plane hijacking is very similar to the TWA Flight 847 incident, which had happened in the previous year.
- The Something Force
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After the aforementioned No-Holds-Barred Beatdown McCoy could easily have finished the terrorist then and there with his bare hands, or with the assault rifle laying nearby. Instead he goes and gets on his motorcycle, and uses it's dual grenade launchers to blow up not only the terrorist but the car he was sitting in.