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½ December 8, 2011
A solid enough thriller that hasn't aged well do to the stylistic advances to this type of movie. Mostly just feels flat now, although it might have been a better thriller when it was first released.
November 30, 2009
Pretty exciting action thriller from the mid 1970's. Good cast, and the storyline keeps your interest. The ocean liner setting a plus. Richard Harris is good, as is Anthony Hopkins.
½ May 7, 2009
Director Richard Lester gives this British disaster movie about a bomb threat on a cruise liner a peculiarly detached tone. He mines some good suspense out of several prolonged bomb-defusing sequences — thanks to a terrific central performance by a salty Richard Harris — but most of the rest of the film is in as much of a distracted daze as its bewildered cast of characters. This isn't necessary a strike against the film, as Lester has always been at his best when he's exploring the strange textures of life or when he's mounting elaborately executed comic set pieces; just don't come to Juggernaut expecting a typical disaster flick (or an articulated truck, for that matter). The cast is a who's who of British thesps, many early in their careers: Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, David Hemmings, Roy Kinnear, Freddie Jones, Julian Glover, Gareth Thomas. Aside from Harris, Kinnear scores big in a melancholic role as the ship's entertainment director. Bond fans will get a kick out of seeing Clifton James as a vacationing American who sure knows how to tell when he's being bullshitted.
September 25, 2006
Pretty exciting action thriller from the mid 1970's. Good cast, and the storyline keeps your interest. The ocean liner setting a plus. Richard harris is good, as is Anthony Hopkins.
October 27, 2015
Strangely overlooked nail-biter from Richard Lester, shot in his trademark ad hoc style, and stuffed with great British actors (and one Egyptian) giving exemplary performances. The tension becomes unbearable.
½ June 23, 2015
Juggernaut is a decent film. It is about saving the Britannic before it blows up. Richard Harris and Omar Sharif give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Richard Lester did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and mystery.
½ May 18, 2015
UK disaster pic and knock off of 'the posedian adventure'
½ October 19, 2014
Maybe this story was more original in it's day, but this disaster story about a series of bombs placed on an ocean liner was pretty familiar. Richard Lester keeps the story moving, but there really isn't a lot of action going on, which made for something of a dull disaster film. Richard Harris, Omar Sharif and David Hemmings star in the dud.
½ December 8, 2011
A solid enough thriller that hasn't aged well do to the stylistic advances to this type of movie. Mostly just feels flat now, although it might have been a better thriller when it was first released.
May 17, 2010
Terrible script, some terrible acting, yet still a fully enjoyable 'out of date' disaster movie, wish some talented actors making the best of what they had.
January 14, 2013
Usually incorrectly classified as a disaster film because of when it was released and the general subject matter, "Juggernaut" will probably disappoint anyone expecting a film that conforms to the broad outlines of that genre. A disaster film will set up a series of melodramatic plot strands that all culminate in the characters having to escape some form of catastrophe in progress. "Juggernaut" makes some perfunctory motions towards personal melodrama (the captain is sleeping with one of the passengers, the police officer in charge of the investigation's family in on the boat), but is much more concerned with the procedural plots of locating the bomber and defusing the bomb. This is a very British take on the police procedural. It takes a very roundabout way of getting to its climax, but once it gets there, it's quite thrilling. I'm not a big fan of Richard Lester's, or at least of his Beatles films, the Three Musketeers films and "Superman II". I do love "Petulia" and this film feels much more like that film in style and tone.
January 3, 2008
Just ok mad bomber movie, that owes all its charm to Richard Harris, although it was nice seeing Anthony Hopkins and Ian Holm at younger points in their careers, and man, did cruise ships suck back in the day.
July 9, 2012
A terrorist threatens to blow up an ocean liner.
June 4, 2011
"Terreur sur le Britanic"
½ December 14, 2010
Richard Lester nahm sich in den 1970er Jahren gewisserma√en ein popul√§res Genre nach dem anderen vor, um ihm seine individuelle Handschrift aufzupr√§gen. JUGGERNAUT ist gewisserma√en seine pers√∂nliche Variation auf das Katastrophenfilmgenre, in der er ein Starensemble mit einer Bombendrohung gegen ein Passagierschiff konfrontiert. Die Erz√§hlung spaltet er auf drei r√§umlich konsequent voneinander getrennte Sph√§ren auf, die jeweils unterschiedliche Aspekte des Plots durchf√ 1/4hren. Einerseits die Ermittlungsarbeit der Polizei auf dem Festland, die den Erpresser aufsp√ 1/4rt, dann die Arbeit der Bombenentsch√§rfer Richard Harris und David Hemmings, an der Lester vor allem das Moment der Einsamkeit und Isolation zu interessieren scheint - der Beruf als eine immer wieder erneuerte Zwiesprache mit dem Tod. Und schlie√lich, und vielleicht sogar am wichtigsten: Die sozialen Prozesse unter den Passagieren, die an Bord angesichts der Todesdrohung zum Weiterfeiern gen√∂tigt werden, w√§hrend unter ihnen um Leben und Tod gerungen wird. Existenz angesichts der Angst, f√ 1/4r die Erm√§chtigten und die Machtlosen: vielleicht ist das das Hauptthema von JUGGERNAUT, den Lesters Regie √ 1/4ber die Klischees des Genres hinaus in gleich zwei einander widerstrebende Richtungen erweitert. Hin auf den typisch absurden, hier aber vergleichsweise zur√ 1/4ckgenommenen Humor seiner Werke hin, und gleichzeitig auf den lakonisch-schmutzigen Realismus, der ebenso kennzeichnend ist. Noch die groteskeste Figur bekommt bei diesem zutiefst humanistischen Filmemacher W√ 1/4rde und Tiefe. Und nicht zuletzt ist JUGGERNAUT auch ein extrem spannender Thriller.
½ December 6, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010

(1974) Juggernaut
DRAMA/ SUSPENSE/ THRILLER

13 minutes in after people had already boarded a cruise ship, sailing several miles away. It was later learned from an anonymous caller that 7 explosive barrel containers had been placed throughout the ship and that he will disclose information to deactivate them for a fee of 500,000 pounds or the bombs will go off automatically upon the next day at a specified time! Richard Harris stars as one of several bomb experts but is the person in charge of this group! I like the guessing games played with the bomb experts but some of the accidental deaths that occurred in this film are 100% percent avoidable especially in a real life situation!

2 out of 4
October 14, 2010
An interesting movie about a crooked bomb expert.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2010
A typical (but very British) 70's disaster film, full of silly errors and unlikely events that will have you shouting at your TV set (especially at the bloody kids) but it's all worthwhile thanks to a good cast, especially Richard Harris who acts like he's drunk for most of the film and goes around calling everyone and everything a bastard. You've got to love it!
January 9, 2010
A terrorist threatens to blow up an ocean liner.
½ December 26, 2009
A better than expected disaster film about an atom bomb planted by terrorists on a transatlantic ocean liner. Great cast, snappy direction by Dick Lester.
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