Final Option

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6.42 h 5 min1983X-RayR
Led by a radical chief, terrorists take over the American Embassy in London and make impossible demands that jeopardize the safety of the hostages.
Directors
Sharp,Ian
Starring
Richard WidmarkLewis CollinsJudy Davis
Genres
SuspenseAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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4.4 out of 5 stars

766 global ratings

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M4SOPMODReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realism from a different age. Two thumbs and five stars.
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I recently returned to a simpler time by watching this movie - one of my favorites from the 80's. My original fascination back then was because what most viewers do not realize (especially the haters) is that in the final raid scene - the technical advisory role of the SAS turned into an actual part. When the time came to film the raid, actual SAS operatives offered to perform the duties on film, so you don't see many stuntmen at all in the raid - and it's an added level of realism simply not found in any other film of the time. If I recall correctly - the director not only filmed them doing it, but also took the time to incorporate little details from stories the real SAS Operatives told about things that had happened during their past operations. Simply put, these are the guys that walked the walk in a different time - before the surety of technology like Plates, Nomex, and ELINT. Even with today's tech, doing CQB right still means the real chance of getting shot, and squaring your own plates up against a threat to protect other team members is part of any good indoor gunfight strategy. But these guys had nothing like that - they went through the door 100% ready to eat that bullet to protect the freedoms that you and I get to enjoy. Hats off!
15 people found this helpful
nelson allenReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who Dares Wins
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The only film I know of to represent what Britain's SAS does so brilliantly; take out terrorists! Lewis Collins encapsulates the double life such operatives must lead to fulfill their roles of infiltration enabling others to neutralise terrorists operating in Britain. Such a group intends to kill a group of top British and American leaders. Collins must infiltrate and pass on the information that will stop the country being held to ransom or the fore-mentioned assassinated. An exciting, gripping tale that will hold you in your seat as this action-packed thriller greatly entertains and grips you! Ably supported by Edward Woodward this 1982 DVD runs for 2 hours, showing many of the SAS techniques and training methods in the process. Informatively packaged non-stop thriller. Well worth purchasing!!!
7 people found this helpful
SamReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Will only play on a Multi Region DVD player
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I thought the video transfer is that good for this DVD. No subtitles but the audio dialogue is very clear and you probably won't need the subtitles anyway. Years down the road, I would enjoy rewatching this movie again about the British SAS & the younger looking Lewis Collins as a member of this elite anti terrorist unit and as "Bodie" in the 1977 TV series "The Professionals"
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WJ McVaughReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not in the USA!?
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I originally saw this back in the early 80s. I absolutely loved it! I purchased the VHS when it became available. Since then, I, like so many others, converted over to DVDs. At that point, I could not find it and spent over 20 years looking for it. I had given up ever finding it. Finally, smartphones came along with Amazon and lo and behold there it was. I hit the purchase button so fast that I missed the part where it says multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD will not play in USA. I was crushed!!! Now I have to return it or buy a new DVD player.
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M. BrittonReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Glad to see this great movie get a decent blu ray release!! This was hard to find!
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Ever since the '80s I have loved The Final Option (original title Who Dares Wins) on VHS video. I would wear that tape (along with The Terminator) out from watching it. I was so excited to finally see this great movie get released on a region free blu ray! This title has never been released here in the states on laserdisc, DVD, or blu ray. And thankfully I was able to purchase this import from Arrow for under $15 used and in great condition! The video on this disc is not the greatest, but it is the best I have seen it. For some reason, films from the '80s don't transfer well onto hi def medium. I don't know if it's the film stock used back then or what. Most movies have this softness to them that curses all the future transfers. That is why people are giving this a lower score for that. We must realize this is not a major big budget film in the first place, so I am forgiving of the lack of "knock my socks off" with this amazing picture! For what print Arrow had, this will be the best this movie can look (unless there is another prestine print out there), so I will take it and enjoy this classic all over again!
Also, Arrow is re-releasing this blu ray with newer packaging. Arrow informed me that it is the same print, but will not be region free. The new blu ray, they stated, will be region B locked. Why now would they lock this title when this region free version is floating around (it is out of print, of course) is beyond me. But Arrow has always impressed me with their blu ray releases from Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci among others. And this particular release of Who Dares Wins is another winner from their vaults. Thanks Arrow for giving us fans of this film a chance to appreciate this classic in hi def.
Fans of this film from the states, grab up a copy of this particular release before they are gone. I am VERY fortunate to have found this so cheap when others want two hundred bucks for a copy. This version will be hard to come by.
4 people found this helpful
Okemos56Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good for its time
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The British SAS save hostages in the American embassy. More than that would require plot spoilers, but it is fair to say that the set up to the raid is preposterous. The accompanying music shows why most of us don't listen to seventies and eighties music any more.
The raid itself is good for when the movie was made, but of course our expectations are much higher from a movie. Our knowledge about how elite forces operate is much greater (or so we think). The technology available to special forces is much greater.
I wish the hero had become James Bond instead of those who did because he fits the Bond character better than those chosen, maybe because of his voice. In any event, he's what gets the movie 4 stars instead of three.
4 people found this helpful
ANVIL 1/73Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
FINALLY
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I love this movie, for everything it is and everything it's not. as far as the transfer to blu ray, yeah maybe a little grainy, but it has been a pain trying to find this movie on standard DVD. any copy I have found has been a bootleg transfer from VHS. Of course it is quite understandable that a film like this, with perhaps a very small following of fans, would not have a total supreme transfer, but I do have to say the picture quality is pretty decent especially on a 52" LCD Tv. Please, anyone who is a big fan of this movie, keep an open mind, it does look as though it was transferred from a standard DVD but that seems better than a VHS transfer. But hey, The Final Option on Blu ray, well...Who Dares Wins, I have always known it by the other title. Yeah the cost may be a bit high, but hell, I've seen criterion edition movies going for well over 50 or 60 dollars and they were not blockbusters. If you are big fan of this film, don't hesitate, I think it's worth it.
5 people found this helpful
APEX IIIReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The word "like" is not said over again...
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Well-written story line. Came out a few years after the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the Iranian Embassy in London.

Without giving it away the following military organization are involved: SAS, US Army Rangers; West Germany GSG9.
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