|Starring:||Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, Richard Harris, Shirley Knight, David Hemmings, Omar Sharif|
|Original title||Terror on the Britannic|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 May 2005|
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A Forgotten GemBy Marc Smith from Bishop Auckland , 01 May 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of those films that as soon as you start to watch it, you will instantly be whisked back in a flurry of nostalgia to the days o being able to stay up on a saturday night, and just after match of the day on bbc1, there was always a film. This was such a film, with a superb cast,it is a taut and well directed thriller with touches of typically british humour thrown in for good measure. This suprises the viewer throughout through the sheer quality of material and above all, the convincing performances from the leads. All in all, a bit dated, but well worth looking at.
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A JUGGERNAUT IN EVERY SENSEBy a customer , 08 Jul 2012Still one of the best of the pre-big budget 'disaster' movies from the mid-seventies.
Although, the 'disaster' tag is a bit unfair as it is more of a taught cat and mouse thriller as Richard Harris and his team try to find who the 'Juggernaut' of the title is before he detonates a number of bombs aboard a luxury cruise liner.
It still remains a real cinematic classic due to the solid characterisation and the no-nonsense plot. Except where three of the passengers are concerned,
Aboard the liner are the usual collection of melodramatic and idiosyncratic characters that populated many of the larger budget films of the seventies. But, of course, they are all wiped from the screen by the excellent performance from Richard Harris.
There is some tragedy in the 107 minute running time, another good aspect of the film as it's not too long, and a couple of major deaths. But, it is more of a thriller than a disaster movie. And a damn good one.
Slow Burning ThrillerBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 11 Apr 2012An excellent thriller which has dated a lot less than other films from the period. The story's credible, even more so today, and the deliberately slow sense of tension works extremely well. Good performances all round, especially from Richard Harris as the swashbuckling incendiary specialist. Very good.
A Juggernaut of a movieBy Jburg (3 reviews) from Chichester , 02 Apr 2009Juggernaut is a great British action film from the 1970's, suspenseful and tense. The atmosphere is deliberately bleak and un-glamorised. Richard Harris and David Hemmings lead crack Royal Navy bomb disposal unit called in to disarm a number of bombs placed on a British liner bound for America - the Captain is played by Omas Sharif.
Meanwhile detective Anthony Hopkins [whose wife and children are unfortunately aboard the stricken ship] races against time to find the bomber, whilst the head of the cruise line - played by the always superb Ian Holm - is under increasing pressure to pay the ransom money whilst the politicians tell him it is not the way of Her Majesty's Government to give in to terrorists. As time runs out, the tension becomes well nigh unbearable, particularly in the claustraphobic and scary bomb disarming scenes.
I highly recommend this movie. Question is - why don't we make 'em like this any more?
Great , Super, Fantastic.By David Moore from Harold Hill, Essex. , 09 Mar 2007Heres a good film to watch ! I first saw this movie years ago, but it still holds out to be a great film.
The sounds not too clever in certain places, but the picure is a good copy onto DVD.
This is a good story, with decent British actors in for a change, which to me, makes all the difference.
Theres also some Good old fashion British humour from Mr Roy Kinnear.
Well worth viewing this one !
Sea SickBy robertconnor (177 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 11 Dec 2006Captain Omar Sharif battles the North Atlantic weather, hidden explosive devices, Shirley Kinght's advances and Richard Harris's scenery chewing as he attempts to maintain the safety of his liner and all onboard.
Gloriously 70s thriller, complete with grey skies, stunningly unglamourous liner interiors (it all looks like a British Rail ferry!) and daft script. The acting styles on display are quite fascinating - Sharif is, always, effortless and charming even when looking worried, whilst Knight underplays as the cool, enigmatic Mrs. Banister. Compare these with the OTT Harris, who practically shouts his way through the film (a characteristic he often shared with Michael Caine in the 70s!) and Hopkins in a fairly early role - his trademark set of tics and mannerisms are only beginning to emerge here. Kinnear is wonderful as the beleagured 'light-relief' (his Lambeth Walk is hilarious), whilst Hemmings must have wondered how he ended up in a supporting role, playing second fiddle to Harris (but check out his pink sweater!). A damp squib next to Poseidon, but entertaining nevertheless.