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Talk:Final Option, The

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It would appear that this film is the first appearance of the MP5 in media, at least according to the MP5 page here. Do you think it's the first appearance of the MP5 in media, period? --Funkychinaman 23:12, 27 April 2012 (CDT)

Not necessarily MP5 related but the only thing that has ever bugged me about the movie is the fire discipline among the raiders. In at least two cases in the movies the raiders fire multi-second bursts instead of the usual short (three round) burst. In one scene in particular it looks like the raiders are hosing down the room packed with hostages. --Charon68 21:16, 28 April 2012 (CDT)
And from the hip, no less. --Funkychinaman 21:23, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

Actually,the long short bursts have some basis in fact;some of the authorities were upset with what they considered to be too many shots in the deceased terrorists in the Iranian embassy. Also both curved and straight mags were used in the troopers' MP5s as the former were rather new at the time. There is a very good photo of SAS troopers heading into the Embassy which shows this;one trooper with a Maglite mounted MP5 has the straight type while the one in front of him has a curved version and the 20 round magazine in his Browning Hi Power.--Tecolote (talk) 22:02, 16 June 2015 (EDT)

Production Notes

Firstly, well done for adding this film. This film gets a lot of criticism from people who don't know how the SAS conducts CRW operations, little do they know the SAS had advised the makers of the film. Other than the 2 troopers hanging from the helicopter with grenade launchers, everything else was how the SAS did these operations in the early 1980's. The SAS even participated in the film, it was them that abseiled from the helicopters in the finale according to Ian Sharp and Euan Lloyd.--The Mercenary 14:11, 27 April 2012 (CDT)

I agree. I remember this move was very controversial when it came out.Especially because it showed the anti-nuke movement (i.e. anti - United States) that was popular in Western Europe in the early eighties as being a dupe of the Soviet Union. I recall theaters refusing to show it, protests outside of theaters that did and so on. Made me want to see it even more. LOL. --Jcordell 22:23, 27 April 2012 (CDT)
Thank you for all the help. After watching this film, I can't believe no one else had done it before me. I'm an American, and even I thought they were being a little too hard on Labour, especially in the end. I was very confused by why they were playing "O Christmas Tree" in the end, it wasn't until later that I found it it was also the Labour party anthem. The film plods along for much of the running time, but the raid itself it spectacular. The only thing that bothered me was how much these SAS guys were firing from the hip. Do they actually do that? --Funkychinaman 23:01, 27 April 2012 (CDT)
No. I have photos showing GSG 9, GIGN, SAS and Gruppo di Intervento Speciale doing firearms/hard entry training from the late seventies. All the different members were using two hands for their pistols/revolvers and putting their SMG's/rifles/shotguns up to their shoulders. Just call it poetic license. And that type of "shooting" was portrayed more often in the seventies than it is now. You're right the movie does plod until the end. Not a great movie, but it sure did scare some people when it came out. All the attention backfired though. The movie did better at the boxoffice than many folks probably counted on. Nothing like forbidden fruit.--Jcordell 23:17, 27 April 2012 (CDT)
The demands that the terrorists made, however, were so ludicrous, I couldn't believe Edward Woodward's character could give such a deadpan reply. Richard Widmark didn't have much to do in the film, but his attempts at reasoning with the terrorists were hilarious. I think the ridiculous demands did detract from the seriousness of the film though. --Funkychinaman 23:55, 27 April 2012 (CDT)
Thats the job of the negotiator, he's there to appease the terrorist(s) and slowly wear them down. Although its the Labour Party anthem i thought the tune was played to highlight the communist influence in terrorism during that time, as the words of the chorus say "keep the red flag flying".
Oh, I don't doubt it. They also dropped in the Nazi appeasement reference in the end. (Very random appearance by Paul Freeman, BTW.) --Funkychinaman 21:23, 29 April 2012 (CDT)
Also anyone notice how many characters were called Andy?..... 1st was Lt. Andrew Wilcox, the SAS man killed by the crossbow at the beginning. 2nd was Andy Ryan, Skellen's contact (in the novel he's also ex-SAS). 3rd and final was Major Andy Steele, Skellen's squadron commander.--The Mercenary 18:37, 28 April 2012 (CDT)
I don't know if they ever revealed that much about names. Heck, I didn't even know that Major Steele's name until I looked on IMDb. I just knew him as "That guy who played Colonel Munro in Last of the Mohicans who somehow looks exactly the same." --Funkychinaman 21:23, 29 April 2012 (CDT)
Its in the scene were Hagen and Freund assault the railway carriage, Col. Hadley arrives and asks Steele "Who's up next Andy?". There was a story about him suing the makers of the film because the helo's he rode in flew too high!! FFS he's in a film about the SAS playing an SAS squadron commander and expects the helo's to hover 20 feet off the ground. Probably why he never stared in anything until Mohicans.--The Mercenary 18:19, 8 May 2012 (CDT)


Unknown Grenade Launcher

Two SAS troopers suspected from a helicopter fire grenades from an unknown grenade launcher.

It may look a little silly, but they swing straight into the building right after blowing out the windows with the grenade launcher.

Federal Gas Riot Gun?

Federal M201-Z - 37mm. Upgrade from the L-5, the M201Z has a secondary ladder sight behind the latch and the barrel is ringed for a sling swivel. The L-5 has a plain smooth barrel.
I guess. You don't really get any better shots of it in the film. (Believe me, I know, I've watched the raid like five times already. It's amazing.) --Funkychinaman 10:04, 27 April 2012 (CDT)

Unknown grenade

The SAS troopers have an unknown grenade on their webbing.

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Thats a dummy grenade, used for practice as it has the weight to go through glass windows. Its not specifically any type such as stun. smoke or frag.--The Mercenary 16:45, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

Specifically, it is a Schermuly Training Grenade:

Schermuly Training Grenade

The body of the grenade is plastic with an open bottom with the interior filled with a paper wrapped pyrotechnic charge. Once the lever was released there was a two second delay before this charge was propelled out the base of the grenade and exploded about half a second later. Although, as the name implies, it was originally intended as a training grenade it was found it could also be used as a stun grenade so its appearance on an SAS troopers webbing, particularly in the early 80s, is legitimate. --commando552 17:41, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

Thank you both, I'll put it in. --Funkychinaman 21:23, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

Unknown smoke grenade

The SAS troopers have an unknown smoke grenade on their webbin.

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Looks like a mock up of an 1980's "Flash Bang" Stun Grenade.--The Mercenary 16:47, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

Not a smoke grenade? --Funkychinaman 21:23, 29 April 2012 (CDT)

I think it is meant to be a smoke grenade, it doesn't look anything like the stun grenades that the SAS used in the 80s. I think the first generation of stun grenades, such as the L13A1 made by Haley & Wellerm, had a metal top with the rest of the "tube" being made of black rubber, which allowed the flash to "burst" through. I think these early stun grenade also contained a small small amount of CS to add to the general disorenting effect. On the grenade shown here I don't recognise the markings but the shape of it looks like the L1A3 CS grenade or L60 series smoke grenades. --commando552

Thats why i said i thought it was a mock up "Flash Bang". No CS Gas is used in the film just stun grenades but that doesn't mean they wouldn't carry them, then again the stun grenades in the film just make a loud bang and a little smoke and bright flash of light. If we're putting in what these actually are then its got to be a "smoke grenade possibly standing in for a L13A1 'Flash Bang' stun grenade".--The Mercenary 18:43, 1 May 2012 (CDT)
I just watched the film, and I don't think they were standing in for stun grenades as when they use stun grenades they seem to correctly use the Schermuly grenades. This can be seen when the german and American guys practice the assault on the train, where they each have one of each type before the excercise, but after they have used a flashbang one of the guys doesn't have a Schermuly anymore. Also, when they are actually used (although never seen particularly clearly) they seem to be a dark rounded grenade rather than a light tubular grenade. --commando552 06:22, 14 May 2012 (CDT)

Unknown crossbow

I don't even know if it's really a crossbow. The cops refer to it as a crossbow. It's used by the terrorists to kill a police informant.

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IMDB trivia

"When the movie's grand action sequence, the storming of the embassy by SAS troopers, to be played by movie stuntmen, was about to be filmed, the real-life SAS soldiers offered to do the sequence for the production, not requiring the use of stuntmen. For director Ian Sharp, it was an offer he simply couldn't refuse, as this level of authenticity couldn't be achieved by acting stuntmen, no matter how well trained." That can't be true, can it? And how far did it go? Just the scenes where they blew open the door and crash through windows or did they clear the rooms as well? --Funkychinaman (talk) 21:59, 1 March 2014 (EST)

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