Juggernaut

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Following his successful foray into swashbuckler comedy with The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, director Richard Lester made what has proved to be one of the few quality films from the disaster craze that dominated filmmaking in the mid-'70s. Juggernaut is the pseudonym of a madman Freddie Jones who plants several steel drums aboard a luxury liner and calls the company's officials once the boat has put out to sea, demanding a large sum of money in exchange for instructions on how to defuse bombs inside...
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Overview

Following his successful foray into swashbuckler comedy with The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, director Richard Lester made what has proved to be one of the few quality films from the disaster craze that dominated filmmaking in the mid-'70s. Juggernaut is the pseudonym of a madman Freddie Jones who plants several steel drums aboard a luxury liner and calls the company's officials once the boat has put out to sea, demanding a large sum of money in exchange for instructions on how to defuse bombs inside the drums. Anthony Hopkins plays one of the company officials whose wife and children are aboard the ship, Omar Sharif is the ship's captain, Shirley Knight is a passenger who is also his mistress, and Richard Harris and David Hemmings are two members of the bomb disposal team, which is helicoptered onto the ship to defuse the explosives. As in many of Lester's best works, humor pops up in unexpected places; particularly memorable are Harris as the weary but wisecracking top dog among the explosives experts and Lester regular Roy Kinnear as a bumbling entertainment director desperately trying to distract the apprehensive passengers.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
In the canon of Richard Lester's work, Juggernaut occupies a solid second rung, below his masterwork Petulia and his Beatles films (A Hard Day's Night and Help!), as well as his Dumas films (The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers). Here, Lester effortlessly rises above the mediocrity of the star-laden, special effects-driven disaster genre to something intimate and witty. The characters in Juggernaut are all weary and haggard looking, even before the discovery of the bombs aboard the cruise ship. Lester isn't interested in square-jawed heroism or plucky little people rising to the occasion. The characters aboard the floating bomb of a ship are all flawed: the captain is carrying on an adulterous affair, the bomb disposal team almost blow up the vessel on their first try at defusing, the roly-poly entertainment director is a bust at eliciting even a smile from the passengers, who are a sulking and hardly plucky lot. It's not an anti-genre film, though, because Lester and writer Richard Alan Simmons supply it with tart and sly humor, typical of Lester's best work. And finally, the suspense is real, in part because of the frailty of the characters. This is one disaster film where anything is possible and the survivor list might be very short indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • UPC: 738329138028
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Kl Studio Classics
  • Region Code: A
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,941

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Fallon
Omar Sharif Capt. Brunel
David Hemmings Braddock
Anthony Hopkins McCleod
Shirley Knight Barbara Banister
Ian Holm Nicholas Porter
John Stride Hughes
Cyril Cusack
Michael Hordern
Norman Warwick
Jack Watson Chief Engineer Mallicent
Kenneth Colley Detective Brown
Andrew Bradford 3rd Officer Hardy
Paul Antrim Digby
Ben Aris The Walker
John Bindon Driscoll
Tom Chadbon Juggernaut's Contact
Kenneth Cope Bridgeman
Michael Egan Mr. Fowlers
Freddie Fletcher 2nd Radio Officer
Barnaby Holm Christopher Porter
Victor Lucas Detective
Paul Luty Clerk
Simon MacCorkindale #1 Helmsman
Eric Mason 2nd Detective
Richard Moore Junior Officer
Doris Nolan Mrs Corrigan
John Pennington Passenger
Liz Ross Laura Kellogg
Bob Sessions Jerry Kellogg
Ian Talbot Naval Technician
Clifton James Corrigan
Roy Kinnear Social Director
Caroline Mortimer Susan McCleod
Mark Burns First Officer Hollingsworth
Roshan Seth Azad
Julian Glover Marder
Freddie Jones Buckland
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Peter Allwork Camera Operator
Freddie Cooper Camera Operator
Ernest Day Camera Operator
Richard de Koker Producer, Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Evangeline Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Denis O'Dell Producer
David V. Picker Producer
Alan Plater Screenwriter
John Richardson Special Effects
Paul Richardson Special Effects
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Richard Alan Simmons Producer, Screenwriter
Roy Stevens Production Manager
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
David Tringham Asst. Director
Paul Wilson Camera Operator
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