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It's time to pack up the dune buggies and the motorcycles with rocket launchers and prepare for part 2 of "Karl's Inaction in Action" trilogy started by Hell Squad and finishing with Megaforce.
This time it's Chuck Norris & Lee Marvin (his last film) vs The Middle East as Cannon Films makes their 4th appearance on Stinker Madness. Golan himself directed this nugget. Which Chuck Norris will we get? Bearded, Mulleted, or Clean Cut?
Jackie's Rant - assorted trivia questions
and a brief tribute to Leonard Nimoy because everyone else is doing it.
Menaham Golan and Yoram Globus are back in the house. This film is directed by Menaham Golan himself.
The film Stars: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Robert Vaughn, Steve James, Robert Forster, Bo Svenson, Shelley Winters and George Kennedy… Are you kidding me!!! Music by Alan Silvestri, who also scored such films as Forest Gump, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and The Back to the Future trilogy!!!
But Sam, the Cannon group is known for producing relatively low budget films with possibly 2 relevant character actors next to a star? Yes.
But Sam, The Cannon Group usually found up and coming directors and paid them next to nothing? Yes.
But Sam, The Cannon Group consistently kept it’s misreported budgets to around 2 million, yet this one cost 9 million? Yes
This is a more than a bit contradictory to how Cannon did things. After many years of “do as I say” the Golan/Globus combo became “do as I say not as I do”. Generally, the action films produced under the Cannon moniker were given a strict running time of ninety minutes as well as budgetary and production time constraints. They, however, pulled out all the stops on this one. As we will never find out how much it really cost, it probably worked this time around. In previous Golan/Globus episodes I talked about their loyalty to Israel and their commitment to political ideals. This film is a sub text soap box for the two of them. They don’t beat around the bush at all and directly portray Operation Eagle Claw (1979) and TWA Flight 187 (1985) in the film The two hour and ten minute run time supports a mini movie of the plane hijacking which leads to very nearly foregrounded state of affairs in Israel brief inside the film.
This was Lee Marvin’s last film.
Charles Bronson was originally cast for the role of the Colonel but was replaced by Marvin. Pre-production posters depicted Bronson next to Norris.
ABC used to use the score of this film for the Indianapolis 500. I still use the score of this film for my ringtone.