Current events copied and rewritten (and painstakingly explained for those not in the know: "Israel is America's best friend in the Middle East," the command post informs its field officer. "And it's only twenty minutes from Beirut."). There is even less creativity in the rewriting, if possible, than in the copying. Arab terrorists of the New World Revolutionary Organization seize an airliner with an all-star passenger list (well, some rather tarnished stars, actually: George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Lainie Kazan, Shelley Winters, Susan Strasberg -- and what in heaven's name is Fassbinder's Hanna Schygulla doing in this group?), and Chuck Norris is sent to the rescue -- Chuck Norris and a disco musical accompaniment. He and his mates wipe out half the population of Beirut, but not without suffering one casualty themselves -- occasion for a little funeral march before striking up the disco again. With Lee Marvin and Robert Forster; directed by Menahem Golan. (1986) — Duncan Shepherd
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