Picks and Pans Review: The Delta Force

updated 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

This B-grade production is actually two films in one; both are witless and artless. The title refers to a crack American antiterrorist squad. Unfortunately for action lovers, these commandos, led by a long-in-the-tooth Lee Marvin, are pretty much leashed up until the movie has nearly ended. The bulk of The Delta Force is spent detailing events similar to last year's hijacking of a TWA jet to Beirut. Director Menahem Golan's attempt at realism is severely hampered by implausible details and a dim-wattage cast that might have been left over from an Irwin Allen extravaganza—Joey Bishop, Robert Vaughn, George Kennedy and Shelley Winters. There's a docu-pretension in the first reel, but that is dropped for the sake of a blazing-ballistics finale in which the Arab hijackers prove to be craven weaklings. No one will be more disappointed by The Delta Force than the fans of Chuck Norris, who plays Marvin's second in command. The scant moments he spends snuffing Arabs are about as exciting as it would be to watch him toss a salad. (R)

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