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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 22, 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 September 30, 2014
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.
April 18, 2013
Terrible script, some terrible acting, yet still a fully enjoyable 'out of date' disaster movie, wish some talented actors making the best of what they had.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.
October 31, 2012
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 9, 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 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010

(1974) Juggernaut

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.
January 13, 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.
December 19, 2009
Having castigated EARTHQUAKE, I bring your attention to a lesser-known relic from the "Disaster Movie" era (the 1970s) which actually works quite well. In fact, it was billed as a disaster movie but is actually a thriller. An anonymous extortionist has placed several bombs on board an English luxury liner and its up to a team of elite British navy demoltion experts (led by Richard Harris) to try and disarm the bombs. On land, a team of elite detectives led by Anthony Hopkins try to discover the identity of the bomber. An unusual film from Richard Lester, who is more famous for his comedies. He does have the late Roy Kinnear on hand as a hapless ship's activities planner; Kinnear was in Lester's A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and THE THREE MUSKETEERS/FOUR MUSKETEERS. John McCarty singled out this movie in his excellent book THRILLERS which led me to seek it out on VHS (and later DVD).
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 October 23, 2009
Normally, I have a somewhat troubled relationship with the disaster movie genre - I guess I just can't stomach the fact that terrible things must happen to innocent people and there's nobody to blame for it. Fortunately, some disaster movies are not about actual (natural) disasters, but about conscious attempts to ruin other people's lives, and so there IS somebody to blame, who can be punished. Examples of the second kind would be those disaster movies about terrorist attacks - or saboteurs, like in the case of "Juggernaut". It is a pity that the responsible party is revealed at a somewhat early stage, and that his motives are only briefly explained, but at least there is a responsible party. The element of the bomb to be detonated is what makes this movie special. The viewers' palms get almost as sweaty those of Harris while on the job, even though most of us will not be able to fully understand the technical process going on there. But Harris' acting is sublime, and that is what matters here. Since one can't be expected to watch a bomb being detonated for a good 100 minutes, the movie also contains the other vital bits belonging in a disaster movie (becoming acquainted with the passengers, the actions of the police trying to track down the person responsible, the ship captain's personal problems, etc.). These other bits remain rather superficial, though. We need them alright, but they only seem to be diverting our attention from the main action - they give us some breathing space, so to speak. Anyway, it is a good, thrilling view. "Juggernaut" succeeds in what it is supposed to achieve well enough.
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.
April 6, 2009
A top-notch thriller from Richard Lester, Juggernaut is both criminally underrated and unseen by many. Featuring stellar performances from Richard Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm and Omar Sharif, Juggernaut is one of the most unseen of the 70's disaster movies, but is well worth a watch for any fan of the genre or of thrillers in general. Highly recommended.
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