Film / The Delta Force

The Delta Force is an action film produced by The Cannon Group in 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 to solve the crisis.

The film got two sequels; Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection in 1990 and Delta Force 3: The Killing Game in 1991.

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.
  • Badass Crew: The Delta Force themselves.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The terrorists during the first half of the film.
  • Big Bad: Captain Abdul Rafai of the New World Revolutionary Organization.
  • Bond One-Liner: After shooting a terrorist hiding under a bed, Scott tells him to "sleep tight."
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Dragon has a Pet the Dog moment with a girl who reminds him of his own daughter, and the terrorists allow the children and female passengers to leave once the plane lands.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The film could be used as an instructional video at said academy.
  • Irish Priest: Father O'Malley. When terrorists are grouping their captives, he says that he should be grouped with the Jewish hostages, because he considers himself both a Jew and a Christian.
  • 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.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: McCoy delivers one to Captain Rafai at the end of the movie.
  • Oh Crap!: Colonel Alexander is debriefing the hostages who have been released, and finds out that the terrorists have received reinforcements during a previous landing. This is just when Delta Force is about to attempt a hostage rescue, and they've just cut off radio communications. Alexander has to drive onto the airfield to stop them, alerting the terrorists to their presence.
  • Pregnant Hostage: An Arab hijacker who swears the Germans didn't kill enough Jews in World War II, pummels a sailor nearly to death with a chair's armrest, and flies off the handle when he sees an abandoned ring with Hebrew script on it, yet orders some hostages to vacate their seats so a pregnant hostage can recline. He even has the other hostages give up their pillows for her.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The plane hijacking is very similar to the TWA Flight 847 incident, which had happened in the previous year. The story's Action Prologue also happens during the botched Delta operation to save hostages from Iran.
  • The Something Force: The team in the title.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Count on Alan Silvestri's theme music to appear whenever the Delta Force are on screen.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After the aforementioned No-Holds-Barred Beatdown McCoy could easily have finished Rafai 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.