Juggernaut


1h 49m 1974
Juggernaut

Brief Synopsis

Two demolitions experts race the clock to find and disarm a set of bombs placed on an ocean liner at sea.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Disaster
Thriller
Release Date
1974

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Synopsis

Two demolitions experts race the clock to find and disarm a set of bombs placed on an ocean liner at sea.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Disaster
Thriller
Release Date
1974

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Articles

Juggernaut


Richard Lester's Juggernaut (1974) stands apart from other all-star disaster movies of the 1970s such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake and Airport in that it downplays the spectacle, depending more on offbeat relationships, wry humor and well-developed suspense than heroic characters, epic action scenes and special effects. Like such other Lester credits as A Hard Day's Night (1964), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Petulia (1968) and The Three Musketeers (1974), Juggernaut is directed with visual flair and edited with imagination (especially in the bomb-defusing sequences).

The threatened disaster is the blowing up of a transAtlantic ocean liner, the "Britannic," by a mad terrorist who calls himself "Juggernaut" and demands a half-million pounds in ransom. The cast includes the requisite number of stars, all of whom also happen to be solid actors. Omar Sharif is the ship's captain; Anthony Hopkins is a navigation-company official whose wife and children are aboard; Richard Harris and David Hemmings are part of the bomb-disposal team; and Shirley Knight is a passenger who happens to be Shariff's mistress. Harris comes near to stealing the show as the wisecracking explosives expert, although Roy Kinnear gives him some competition as a bumbling social director charged with distracting the passengers from the danger at hand.

Kinnear was an actor much favored by Lester, who cast him in no less than nine movies. In the year that Juggernaut was released by United Artists, Hopkins came to the U.S. for his first lengthy stay, appearing on Broadway in Equus and working in American films. In the "Goofs" department, Hopkins' friend Cyril Cusack, appearing in Juggernaut in the unbilled role of Major O'Neill, greets his pal in one scene by saying, "Hello, Tony." (Hopkins' moniker in the film is "Johnny.")

Producer: Richard DeKoker, David V. Picker, Denis O'Dell (Associate)
Director: Richard Lester
Screenplay: Richard DeKoker, Alan Plater (additional dialogue)
Cinematography: Gerry Fisher
Production Design: Terence Marsh
Art Direction: Alan Tomkins
Original Music: Ken Thorne
Editing: Antony Gibbs
Costume Design: Evangeline Harrison
Principal Cast: Richard Harris (Commander Anthony Fallon), Omar sharif (Captain Alex Brunel), David Hemmings (Charlie Braddock), Anthony Hopkins (Supt. John McCleod), Shirley Knight (Barbara Banister), Ian Holm (Nicholas Porter), Clifton James (Corrigan), Roy Kinnear (Social Director Curtain).
C-110m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning.

by Roger Fristoe
Juggernaut

Juggernaut

Richard Lester's Juggernaut (1974) stands apart from other all-star disaster movies of the 1970s such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake and Airport in that it downplays the spectacle, depending more on offbeat relationships, wry humor and well-developed suspense than heroic characters, epic action scenes and special effects. Like such other Lester credits as A Hard Day's Night (1964), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Petulia (1968) and The Three Musketeers (1974), Juggernaut is directed with visual flair and edited with imagination (especially in the bomb-defusing sequences). The threatened disaster is the blowing up of a transAtlantic ocean liner, the "Britannic," by a mad terrorist who calls himself "Juggernaut" and demands a half-million pounds in ransom. The cast includes the requisite number of stars, all of whom also happen to be solid actors. Omar Sharif is the ship's captain; Anthony Hopkins is a navigation-company official whose wife and children are aboard; Richard Harris and David Hemmings are part of the bomb-disposal team; and Shirley Knight is a passenger who happens to be Shariff's mistress. Harris comes near to stealing the show as the wisecracking explosives expert, although Roy Kinnear gives him some competition as a bumbling social director charged with distracting the passengers from the danger at hand. Kinnear was an actor much favored by Lester, who cast him in no less than nine movies. In the year that Juggernaut was released by United Artists, Hopkins came to the U.S. for his first lengthy stay, appearing on Broadway in Equus and working in American films. In the "Goofs" department, Hopkins' friend Cyril Cusack, appearing in Juggernaut in the unbilled role of Major O'Neill, greets his pal in one scene by saying, "Hello, Tony." (Hopkins' moniker in the film is "Johnny.") Producer: Richard DeKoker, David V. Picker, Denis O'Dell (Associate) Director: Richard Lester Screenplay: Richard DeKoker, Alan Plater (additional dialogue) Cinematography: Gerry Fisher Production Design: Terence Marsh Art Direction: Alan Tomkins Original Music: Ken Thorne Editing: Antony Gibbs Costume Design: Evangeline Harrison Principal Cast: Richard Harris (Commander Anthony Fallon), Omar sharif (Captain Alex Brunel), David Hemmings (Charlie Braddock), Anthony Hopkins (Supt. John McCleod), Shirley Knight (Barbara Banister), Ian Holm (Nicholas Porter), Clifton James (Corrigan), Roy Kinnear (Social Director Curtain). C-110m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning. by Roger Fristoe

Richard Harris, 1930-2002 - TCM Remembers Richard Harris


Two-time Best Actor nominee Richard Harris, who was also famous for his feisty, off-screen exploits, was once characterized along with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as one of Britain's most charismatic and unpredictable leading men during the heyday of their popularity in the '60s and '70s. He died at the University College of London Hospital on Friday, Oct. 25. He had been suffering from Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymphatic cancer, and was 72 years old.

Harris was born October 1, 1930, in Limerick, Ireland, one of nine children born to farmer Ivan Harris and his wife, Mildred Harty. He was a noted rugby player as a youth, but shortly after his move to London in the mid-50s, Harris studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After a few years of stage experience, he made his screen debut in Alive and Kicking (1958) and quickly developed a reputation as a talented young actor. His film career became increasingly impressive with such strong supporting turns in Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

Yet it wasn't until 1963 that Harris became an unlikely star after thrilling movie viewers and critics with his electrifying performance in This Sporting Life. His portrayal of a bitter young coal miner who becomes a professional rugby star marked the arrival of a major international talent and won him the Best Actor award at Cannes and an Oscar nomination.

Strangely enough, Harris' next projects were multimillion dollar epics and he went largely unnoticed amid the all-star casts; he had a small role as Cain in John Huston's production of The Bible (1966) and in Hawaii (1966) he played a sea captain who falls in love with a married woman (Julie Andrews). He also tried his hand at a mod spy comedy opposite Doris Day - Caprice (1967). A much better role for him was playing King Arthur in the film version of the Broadway hit Camelot (1967). The movie was not well received critically, but Harris' singing skills proved to be a surprise; not only did he win a Golden Globe for his performance, but the film's soundtrack album proved to be a bigger commercial hit than the film itself. Even more surprising was his unexpected success the following year with the pop hit "MacArthur Park" - that kitsch cornerstone of lounge karaoke. The song just missed topping the Billboard singles chart in the "Summer of 1968;" It was topped by Herb Albert's "This Guy's In Love with You."

The '70s proved to be a mixed bag for Harris. He scored a huge commercial hit with his best-known film of that decade, A Man Called Horse (1970). It became a cult Western and featured him as an English aristocrat captured, tortured and eventually adopted by Sioux Indians. He also showed some promise behind the camera, co-writing the screenplay for the psychological thriller The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970) and directing (as well as starring) in The Hero (1972), a drama about an aging soccer star. But the quality of films in which Harris appeared declined as the decade progressed: Orca (1977) - a terrible Jaws rip-off, The Wild Geese(1978), and worst of all, Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), in which he had a thankless role as Bo Derek's explorer father.

Based on those films and his general inactivity in the '80s, Harris' comeback performance in The Field (1990) was a wonderful surprise. In that film he played a man who has nurtured a field into a prized piece of real estate only to lose his sanity as the property is taken from him; the role earned him a deserved Oscar nomination and showed that he was still a vital screen presence. Harris took full advantage of this new spurt in his career by committing himself to many fine character roles: the cool, refined gunslinger in Unforgiven(1992), his intense portrayal of a father mourning the death of his son in Cry the Beloved Country (1995), the resident villain of Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), and as the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in the epic Gladiator (2000).

Yet Harris will probably be best remembered by current audiences for his portrayal of Dumbledore, the benevolent and wily head of Hogwarts School in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) which will be released nationwide in just three weeks. Harris is survived by his three sons, Jared, Jamie (both actors) and the director Damian Harris.

by Michael T. Toole

Richard Harris, 1930-2002 - TCM Remembers Richard Harris

Two-time Best Actor nominee Richard Harris, who was also famous for his feisty, off-screen exploits, was once characterized along with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as one of Britain's most charismatic and unpredictable leading men during the heyday of their popularity in the '60s and '70s. He died at the University College of London Hospital on Friday, Oct. 25. He had been suffering from Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymphatic cancer, and was 72 years old. Harris was born October 1, 1930, in Limerick, Ireland, one of nine children born to farmer Ivan Harris and his wife, Mildred Harty. He was a noted rugby player as a youth, but shortly after his move to London in the mid-50s, Harris studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After a few years of stage experience, he made his screen debut in Alive and Kicking (1958) and quickly developed a reputation as a talented young actor. His film career became increasingly impressive with such strong supporting turns in Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). Yet it wasn't until 1963 that Harris became an unlikely star after thrilling movie viewers and critics with his electrifying performance in This Sporting Life. His portrayal of a bitter young coal miner who becomes a professional rugby star marked the arrival of a major international talent and won him the Best Actor award at Cannes and an Oscar nomination. Strangely enough, Harris' next projects were multimillion dollar epics and he went largely unnoticed amid the all-star casts; he had a small role as Cain in John Huston's production of The Bible (1966) and in Hawaii (1966) he played a sea captain who falls in love with a married woman (Julie Andrews). He also tried his hand at a mod spy comedy opposite Doris Day - Caprice (1967). A much better role for him was playing King Arthur in the film version of the Broadway hit Camelot (1967). The movie was not well received critically, but Harris' singing skills proved to be a surprise; not only did he win a Golden Globe for his performance, but the film's soundtrack album proved to be a bigger commercial hit than the film itself. Even more surprising was his unexpected success the following year with the pop hit "MacArthur Park" - that kitsch cornerstone of lounge karaoke. The song just missed topping the Billboard singles chart in the "Summer of 1968;" It was topped by Herb Albert's "This Guy's In Love with You." The '70s proved to be a mixed bag for Harris. He scored a huge commercial hit with his best-known film of that decade, A Man Called Horse (1970). It became a cult Western and featured him as an English aristocrat captured, tortured and eventually adopted by Sioux Indians. He also showed some promise behind the camera, co-writing the screenplay for the psychological thriller The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970) and directing (as well as starring) in The Hero (1972), a drama about an aging soccer star. But the quality of films in which Harris appeared declined as the decade progressed: Orca (1977) - a terrible Jaws rip-off, The Wild Geese(1978), and worst of all, Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), in which he had a thankless role as Bo Derek's explorer father. Based on those films and his general inactivity in the '80s, Harris' comeback performance in The Field (1990) was a wonderful surprise. In that film he played a man who has nurtured a field into a prized piece of real estate only to lose his sanity as the property is taken from him; the role earned him a deserved Oscar nomination and showed that he was still a vital screen presence. Harris took full advantage of this new spurt in his career by committing himself to many fine character roles: the cool, refined gunslinger in Unforgiven(1992), his intense portrayal of a father mourning the death of his son in Cry the Beloved Country (1995), the resident villain of Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), and as the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in the epic Gladiator (2000). Yet Harris will probably be best remembered by current audiences for his portrayal of Dumbledore, the benevolent and wily head of Hogwarts School in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) which will be released nationwide in just three weeks. Harris is survived by his three sons, Jared, Jamie (both actors) and the director Damian Harris. by Michael T. Toole

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Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974