A Force of One

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A Force of One
Force of one.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed byPaul Aaron
Produced byAlan Belkin
Written byPat E. Johnson
Ernest Tidyman
StarringJennifer O'Neill
Chuck Norris
Clu Gulager
Ron O'Neal
Bill Wallace
Music byDick Halligan
CinematographyRoger Shearman
Edited byBert Lovitt
Distributed byAmerican Cinema Releasing
Release date
June 21, 1979
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.5 million[1] or $3.5 million[2]
Box office$17 million[1] or
$20.2 million[3] or
$23 million[4]

A Force of One is a 1979 action martial arts film starring Chuck Norris, Jennifer O'Neill, Ron O'Neal, Clu Gulager and Bill Wallace. The film was directed by Paul Aaron and written by Pat E. Johnson and Ernest Tidyman.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

When a team of undercover narcotics officers is targeted by a serial killer, the police recruit karate champion Matt Logan to bring the murders to an end. Narcotics Officer Amanda "Mandy" Rust (Jennifer O'Neill) discovers that a traitor within the police ranks is behind the killings.



The Los Angeles Times called it "a swift, taut, handsomely photographed thriller... made with more craftmanship than most martial arts movies."[7]

Norris said he was "ten times better in" the film than in his previous film Good Guys Wear Black.[8]

Critics nicknamed the film "A Farce of One" though it did manage to gross over twenty million dollars domestically.

The film was written by Ernest Tidyman who in a 1980 interview considered it his least successful effort as a craftsman. "I only wrote it to buy my mother a house." he said, although financially it was one of his biggest hits.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b BROESKE, P. H. (1985, May 19). CHUCK NORRIS--AN ALL-AMERICAN HIT. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/154169712
  2. ^ MOVIES: MARTIAL-ARTS FILMS: ALIVE AND KICKING Goldman, Stuart. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]29 June 1980: y28.
  3. ^ "A Force of One - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  4. ^ Drooz, A. (1981, Mar 12). Chuck norris aims for stardom. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/152733428
  5. ^ FORCE OF ONE, A Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 47, Iss. 552, (Jan 1, 1980): 67.
  6. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2004-01-17). "'Superfly' actor Ron O'Neal, '70s blaxploitation film star". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  7. ^ CHUCK NORRIS IN 'A FORCE OF ONE' Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 7 Mar 1980: h11.
  8. ^ Karate champion now has 2 films under his black belt Groen, Rick. The Globe and Mail 16 June 1979: P.35.
  9. ^ ERNEST TIDYMAN'S PEN MIGHTIER THAN MOST Spence, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 June 1980: t6.

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