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 to 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.
- 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."
- California Doubling: Beirut, Greece, the US and Israel are all played by the last-named country.
- 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.
- 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.