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The Challenge (1970)

Gallery, a U.S. commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed U.S. space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.

Director:

George McCowan (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Marc Norman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Jacob Gallery
Broderick Crawford ... Gen. Lewis Meyers
James Whitmore ... Overman
Skip Homeier ... Lyman George
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Nagy
Sam Elliott ... Bryant
Mako ... Yuro
Adolph Caesar ... Clarence Opano
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Swiss Official
Arianne Ulmer Arianne Ulmer ... Sarah
Davis Roberts ... Scientist
Byron Morrow ... Defense Secretary
Bill Zuckert ... Army Colonel
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Doctor
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Karate Instructor
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Storyline

All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion, and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sustituto See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Paul Lukas' final acting role before his death on August 15, 1971, at the age of eighty. See more »

Goofs

For about three minutes in the film, some tree brush is seen hanging off the camera in the upper left corner and it remains there for the three minutes putting it over every shot, only once disappearing slightly when it appears to either be blown slightly off or pulled back by a crewman, but not fully. See more »

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A Gem Cut With Stars!
7 March 2002 | by tvhepcatSee all my reviews

I was a dumb 15 year-old kid when this movie was aired and, boy, did it ever impress me. Not only was it a mind-tripper at the time as far as plot and action, but this piece of art introduced me to Darren McGavin, treated me with the likes of James Whitmore, Mako and Broderick Crawford, and presented future biggies Sam Elliot and Adolph Caesar (who knew?!) Also appearing is the great Joe Bernard, supporting actor icon. Neat twists throughout the flick and its ending just about killed me. I rate this work as essential viewing in the same vein as "Fail-Safe" and "Ice Station Zebra". Sure do wish I could feast my eyes on it again. Come to think of it, I'll bet something like this has probably already happened in our lifetime. Chilling, man!


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