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The Octagon (1980)

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director:

Eric Karson

Writers:

Leigh Chapman (screenplay by), Paul Aaron (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Scott James
Karen Carlson ... Justine
Lee Van Cleef ... McCarn
Art Hindle ... A. J.
Carol Bagdasarian Carol Bagdasarian ... Aura
Tadashi Yamashita ... Seikura
Kim Lankford ... Nancy
Larry D. Mann ... Tibor
Kurt Grayson Kurt Grayson ... Doggo
Richard Norton ... Kyo - Seikura's Enforcer / Longlegs
Yuki Shimoda ... Katsumo - Seikura's Aide
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Duffy
Alan Chappuis Alan Chappuis ... Pierre
Brian Libby ... Deadwyler
Ken Gibbel Ken Gibbel ... Meat
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Storyline

Scott's life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he and a friend endured under a martial arts master. The second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered. Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago. Written by Spaz <junebug2@texas.net>

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No-one will admit they still exist! Unholy masters of terror... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oktagon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,971,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,971,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the film's cast and crew drew and wrote a cartoon comic strip during the film's production which they officially launched at the movie's wrap party. It was called "The Adventures of Captain Eric in the Octagon vrs the Elements". See more »

Goofs

During a car chase sequence, the off-white colored car hits the pursing red vehicle that is parked in its path. The next time we see them, both cars are undamaged and not touching each other. See more »

Quotes

McCarn: If you saw ninjas, you're seeing ghosts.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was uncut. Video releases however were cut by 32 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of nunchakus and throwing stars. The cuts were waived for the 2012 Anchor Bay DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Sad Lady
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Parker
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In a world of choices, there is no choice…Chuck Norris must face THE OCTAGON.
18 October 2016 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

The Octagon's premise is simple. Chuck Norris vs Ninjas. That's really about it. Norris is Scott James, a man haunted by memories of his growing up and rivalry with his former martial art brother Seikura, who now heads a Ninja training camp and is teaching international terrorists the ways of the Ninja. James must stop the organization and face off, once and for all, with his former brother.

There's little in the way of story, and sadly the film takes it's time in getting to the point where Norris finally takes out the Ninja trash. Like a lot of his movies, the lack of much plot means the film moves pretty slowly between the action. When the action does kick in, it's quite impressive. The real standout though is Norris infiltrating the Ninja base in the film's climax. It's classic Norris.

The cast are okay. Lee Van Cleef and Richard Norton pop up in small roles, Richard Norton actually has a few different roles here.

I would have rated it an 8 out of 10 if there was a bit more action in the middle half of the film. For the most part, only Chuck Norris and ninja fans will get the most out of THE OCTAGON (1980).

Overall worth watching..7 out of 10


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