Well it’s Valentine’s Day and nothing says “I love You” like a Chuck Norris movie kicking you in the face.
The Delta Force officially turns 30 today; do you feel old? I sure do. The Norris classic remains one of my favourites although I do secretly prefer part 2, but don’t tell anyone.
The Delta Force was everything a Cannon movie should be; pure cheese with a missile firing motorbike and Chuck Norris kicking asses galore.
I always found it a surprisingly intense film and the terrorists were particularly nasty. It was allegedly inspired by true events alluding to the real-life hijacking of a TWA plane in 1985.
It takes a while before the big action scenes take place but the buildup is worth the wait climaxing with an action packed battle between Chuck and the terrorists. Guess who wins?
What a cast too; the film was initially meant to star Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris but the filmmakers decided that having two legendary heroes would be too much epic for one movie and it might make the world spin off its axis and head into the Sun… probably. That simply wouldn’t do so we got Lee Marvin instead… who is also awesome I might add, although this was sadly his last film.
The supporting cast includes Robert Forster, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters and Steve James which is still one of the best action movie casts in the business.
Imagine how awesome it would have been with Bronson though; that would have been pretty special…
Alan Silvestri’s score is pure 80’s greatness and is one of those earworm tunes that sticks in your head for hours after watching the movie.
After 30 years The Delta Force remains one of Chuck Norris’ best movies and despite being very much of the time it’s still a massively entertaining actioner.