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Juggernaut (1974)

Juggernaut (1974)

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Director Richard Lester proves to be as skillful with edge-of-seat suspense as he is at slapstick farce in Juggernaut. Richard Harris and David Hemmings star as a pair of demolition experts, dispatched on a highly dangerous and delicate mission. A extortionist has planted a number of bombs on a seaborne ocean liner, carrying 1200 passengers and captained by Omar Sharif. Knowing full well that the ship is too far out to sea for a conventional rescue, the extortionist demands a huge ransom or he'll detonate his explosives by remote control. It's up to Harris and Hemmings to track down all the bombs before time runs out. Part of the fun in Juggernaut is trying to guess who the extortionist really is: likely suspects include Anthony Hopkins, Clifton James, Freddie Jones, and even Lester regular Roy Kinnear (hilarious as the ship's social director).
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
United Artists

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Cast

Richard Harris
as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
Omar Sharif
as Captain Alex Brunel
David Hemmings
as Charlie Braddock
Anthony Hopkins
as Supt. John McLeod
Shirley Knight
as Barbara Bannister
Ian Holm
as Nicholas Porter
Clifton James
as Corrigan
Roy Kinnear
as Ship's Social Director
Caroline Mortimer
as Susan McLeoad
Freddie Jones
as Sidney Buckland
Mark Burns
as Hollingsworth
John Stride
as Hughes
Julian Glover
as Commander Marder
Jack Watson
as Chief Engineer Mallicent
Kenneth Colley
as Detective Brown
Andrew Bradford
as 3rd Officer Hardy
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Critic Reviews for Juggernaut

All Critics (4)

Deceptively casual, yet there's hardly moment when it's not extracting near-perfect details of character and setting.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014
Blu-ray.com

How prescient it all seems.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you show a ticking bomb, then you'd better blow something up with it

October 11, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Juggernaut

½

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.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

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.

Andrew Syder
Andrew Syder

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