Who Dares Wins

Film

Main Details
Premiere Date 1982-08-26
Alternative Titles
  • The Final Option (English)
  • S.A.S. Los invencibles (Spanish)
  • Commando (French)
  • Chi osa vince (Italian)
  • Кто рискует - побеждает (Russian)
  • Das Kommando (German)
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Credits
Director Ian Sharp
Writer (story) George Markstein
Screenplay Reginald Rose
Writer (novel) James Follett
Cast Lewis Collins as Captain Peter Skellen
Cast Judy Davis as Frankie Leith
Cast Richard Widmark as Secretary of State
Cast Edward Woodward as Commander Powell
Cast Robert Webber as General Ira Potter
Cast Tony Doyle as Colonel Hadley
Cast John Duttine as Rod
Cast Kenneth Griffith as Bishop Crick
Cast Rosalind Lloyd as Jenny Skellen
Cast Ingrid Pitt as Helga
Cast Norman Rodway as Ryan
Cast Maurice Röeves* as Major Steele
Cast Bob Sherman as Hagen
Cast Albert Fortell as Freund
Cast Mark Ryan as Mac
Cast Patrick Allen as Police Commissioner
Cast Aharon Ipale* as Malek
Cast Paul Freeman as Sir Richard
Notes Who Dares Wins (U.S. title: The Final Option) is a 1982 British political thriller film starring Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark and Edward Woodward, directed by Ian Sharp. The title is the motto of the elite Special Air Service (SAS).

The plot is largely inspired by the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980, where the United Kingdom's SAS special forces dramatically stormed the building to rescue those being held hostage inside. Euan Lloyd, the film's producer, got the idea for the film after watching live television coverage of the event, but he had to move quickly to prevent the idea being taken by somebody else. An initial synopsis was created by George Markstein. This was then turned into a novel by James Follett as The Tiptoe Boys, in thirty days. Meanwhile, chapter-by-chapter as the novel was completed, it was posted to Reginald Rose in Los Angeles, who wrote the final screenplay.

Famous for using actual SAS troopers during the Embassy assault.

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