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The Greatest Sea Adventure In History has Just Begun! The high seas have never been more terrifying than in this riveting, tension-packed adventure. Richard Harris (A Man Called Horse) and Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago) head on all-star cast that includes the great Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) in a 'tingling' (The Village Voice), edge-of-your seat shipboard thriller! HMS Britannic is caught in a storm at sea, but the real terror is on board - seven bombs planted by a terrorist calling himself Juggernaut, who demands a high ransom in exchange for the passengers' lives. Bomb expert Fallon (Harris) is flown to the ship and, as negotiations break down, he struggles with the most challenging job of his life in a race against time! Top-notch direction by Richard Lester (Superman II) with an amazing supporting cast that includes David Hemmings, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Clifton James, Roy Kinnear, Freddie Jones and Julian Glover.
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The film had a tortuous production with Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night") ultimately directing a very different film than originally envisioned. The film was made largely onboard the Soviet cruise ship "TS Maxim Gorkiy," a former German liner (the "TS Hamburg") which was between owners and was chartered with extras and sent intentionally to find the worst seas possible for dramatic effect in the North Sea (a notoriously rough area.) It is easily identifiable among ship enthusiasts due to its extremely novel funnel. (She was scrapped in India in 2009.) While the film ended up looking splendid (I'd like to give it 4.5 stars) and was certainly more credible than most contemporary American disaster flicks ("The Poseidon Adventure," etc.) it still has some clichés (McLeod's family is on the ship, Brunel's mistress is too, etc.) that could have been done away with, while a few situations are plainly ridiculous (a hungry kid wandering into an abandoned galley winds up in the middle of a bomb disarming, etc.) Most of the main actors do an excellent job with the material, though Harris is occasionally a bit over the top, though I suppose it's in keeping with his character.
The DVD comes with one extra, a trailer.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching "Juggernaut" again. It's a distinctly British take on the nautical thriller, and while not as fast-paced as many later disaster flicks, is vastly more cerebral and entertaining than most, credit for which largely goes to Lester, Hopkins, and Sharif.
It's all long gone now, but the exterior and interior shots of the ship during the movie were quite nostalgic. She had a very singular funnel.
Don't get me wrong...it's a good suspenseful thriller as well..with a great cast, particularly Harris. Recommended.
Has dry wit, clever lines, and keeps you intrigued.
Has captured onboard cruises in the 70's perfectly aswell, a very good few hours of viewing.
Great movie, thoroughly enjoyed watching it, will watch again.
Its a keeper:)