Delta Force 2 (1990)

R | 106 mins | Adventure | 24 August 1990

Director:

Aaron Norris

Writer:

Lee Reynolds

Cinematographer:

Joao Fernandes

Editor:

Daniel Candib

Production Designer:

Ladislav Wilheim

Production Company:

Cannon Entertainment
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HISTORY

Cards introduce the locations “Rio De Janiero,” “San Carlos, South America,” and “Presidential Palace, San Carlos.” End credits contain the following information: “The producers wish to thank the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense; Government of the Republic of the Philippines; Makati Medical Center; Teletron Israel; Airspan Corp.; The Film Commissioner of the State of Tennessee.” End credits also enclose a memorial for five crewmen killed in a helicopter crash during production: “This film is dedicated with fond remembrance to: Geof Brewer, Donald Marshall, Mike Graham, Gadi Danzig and Jojo Imperial.”
       An advertisement in the 6 May 1988 HR announced that Delta Force II: Spitfire was in production. Six months later, according to the 30 Nov 1988 Var, the title had changed to America’s Red Army: Delta Force II. The following year, however, the 17 Jan 1989 HR and 18 May 1989 HR listed the film as Delta Force II—Operation Crackdown and Stranglehold: Delta Force II, respectively. It screened at the Cannes Festival on 13 May 1990 as Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, the 23 May 1990 Var noted, but reverted to Delta Force II: Operation Stranglehold when it was screened for newspaper critics in late Aug 1990. The theatrical release’s title was shortened to Delta Force 2, but the film’s final credit card retained the title Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.
       Producer Yoram Globus told the 13 Dec 1988 HR that he tried to rewrite the script in order to start ... More Less

Cards introduce the locations “Rio De Janiero,” “San Carlos, South America,” and “Presidential Palace, San Carlos.” End credits contain the following information: “The producers wish to thank the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense; Government of the Republic of the Philippines; Makati Medical Center; Teletron Israel; Airspan Corp.; The Film Commissioner of the State of Tennessee.” End credits also enclose a memorial for five crewmen killed in a helicopter crash during production: “This film is dedicated with fond remembrance to: Geof Brewer, Donald Marshall, Mike Graham, Gadi Danzig and Jojo Imperial.”
       An advertisement in the 6 May 1988 HR announced that Delta Force II: Spitfire was in production. Six months later, according to the 30 Nov 1988 Var, the title had changed to America’s Red Army: Delta Force II. The following year, however, the 17 Jan 1989 HR and 18 May 1989 HR listed the film as Delta Force II—Operation Crackdown and Stranglehold: Delta Force II, respectively. It screened at the Cannes Festival on 13 May 1990 as Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, the 23 May 1990 Var noted, but reverted to Delta Force II: Operation Stranglehold when it was screened for newspaper critics in late Aug 1990. The theatrical release’s title was shortened to Delta Force 2, but the film’s final credit card retained the title Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.
       Producer Yoram Globus told the 13 Dec 1988 HR that he tried to rewrite the script in order to start filming in Israel, but changed the film’s location to Mexico in order to cut costs. He eventually moved the production to the Philippines to trim the budget further. Principal photography was scheduled to begin there on 6 Mar 1989 and finish on 27 May 1989, according to the 7 Feb 1989 HR and 16 May 1989 LAT.
       Studio documents in AMPAS library files detail how the film’s primary stunt, a skydiving scene in which one man catches another in midair, required “six days, two dozen takes and thousands of dollars of special equipment.” The scene required a small, custom-made parachute that could be hidden under a business suit and a special parachute capable of supporting two people. One skydiver expressed the opinion that it surpassed a similar stunt in the James Bond film, Moonraker (1979, see entry).
       A 15 May 1989 helicopter crash in the mountain resort of Tagaytay, south of Manila in the Philippines, killed gaffer Donald Marshall, key grip Mike Graham, 2nd unit director of photography Gadi Danzig, and Filipino helicopter pilot Jojo Imperial, the 17 May 1989 HR reported. Stuntman Geof Brewer, who portrayed “Major Anderson,” died the following day, the 19 May 1989 HR added.
       Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists (MGM/UA) told the 2 Aug 1990 LAT it planned a saturation television advertising blitz for Delta Force II that might cost “as much as $5 million.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 May 1989
p. 1, 19.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 1989
p. 1, 22.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 1990
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 1990
p. 6, 19.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
24 Aug 1990.
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Long Beach Press-Telegram
4 Sep 1990.
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Los Angeles Times
16 May 1989
p. 105.
Los Angeles Times
19 May 1989
Section J, p. 2E.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1990
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
29 Aug 1990
Section F, p. 8.
New York Times
25 Aug 1990
p. 15.
Variety
30 Nov 1988
p.
Variety
23 May 1990
p. 30.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
and
as Ramon Cota
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
a Globus-Pearce Production
an Aaron Norris Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
1st asst dir, Philippine crew
2d asst dir, Philippine crew
3rd asst dir, Philippine crew
3rd asst dir, Philippine crew
Asst dir, Philippine 2d unit crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Line prod, Tennessee crew
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Freefall/Helmet cam
Still photog
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Cam op, Philippine crew
Cam op, Philippine crew
Cam op, Philippine crew
Asst cam, Philippine crew
Asst cam, Philippine crew
Asst cam, Philippine crew
Asst cam, Philippine crew
Asst cam, Philippine crew
Gaffer, Philippine crew
Elec, Philippine crew
Rigging gaffer, Philippine crew
Rigging gaffer, Philippine crew
Generator op, Philippine crew
Generator op, Philippine crew
Crane op, Philippine crew
Best boy grip, Philippine crew
Grip, Philippine crew
Grip, Philippine crew
Dolly grip, Philippine crew
Dir of photog, Philippine 2d unit crew
Dir of photog, Philippine 2d unit crew
Gaffer, Philippine 2d unit crew
Key grip, Philippine 2d unit crew
Best boy grip, Philippine 2d unit crew
Still photog, Philippine 2d unit crew
Cam op, Tennessee crew
Aerial cam op, Tennessee crew
Asst cam, Tennessee crew
Asst cam, Tennessee crew
Asst cam, Tennessee crew
Asst cam, Tennessee crew
Asst cam, Tennessee crew
Cam loader, Tennessee crew
Still photog, Tennessee crew
Gaffer, Tennessee crew
Best boy elec, Tennessee crew
Elec, Tennessee crew
Elec, Tennessee crew
Key grip, Tennessee crew
Best boy grip, Tennessee crew
Grip, Tennessee crew
Grip, Tennessee crew
Grip, Tennessee crew
Grip, Tennessee crew
Video coord, Tennessee crew
Loc film processing
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Storyboard artist
Art dir, Philippine crew
Asst art dir, Philippine crew
Art dept coord, Philippine crew
Art dept asst, Philippine crew
Art dept asst, Philippine crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Addl ed
Addl ed
1st asst ed
Apprentice ed
1st asst ed, Philippine crew
2d asst ed, Philippine crew
2d asst ed, Philippine crew
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Prop master, L.A.
Set dec, Philippine crew
Asst set dec, Philippine crew
Leadman, Philippine crew
Draftsman, Philippine crew
Prop master, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine crew
Vehicle dresser, Philippine crew
Vehicle dresser, Philippine crew
Greensman, Philippine crew
Asst greensman, Philippine crew
Head painter, Philippine crew
Asst head painter, Philippine crew
Head armorer, Philippine crew
Armorer, Philippine crew
Armorer, Philippine crew
Armorer, Philippine crew
Armorer, Philippine crew
Const mgr, Philippine crew
Asst const mgr, Philippine crew
Const foreman, Philippine crew
Prop, Philippine 2d unit crew
Prop, Philippine 2d unit crew
Set dec, Tennessee crew
Set dresser, Tennessee crew
Set dresser, Tennessee crew
Asst set dresser, Tennessee crew
Asst set dresser, Tennessee crew
Leadman, Tennessee crew
Prop master, Tennessee crew
Prop, Tennessee crew
Asst prop, Tennessee crew
Armorer, Tennessee crew
Greens foreman, Tennessee crew
Greensman, Tennessee crew
Asst greensman, Tennessee crew
Const coord, Tennessee crew
Foreman, Tennessee crew
Foreman, Tennessee crew
Foreman, Tennessee crew
Labor foreman, Tennessee crew
Shop mgr, Tennessee crew
Head painter, Tennessee crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv, Philippine crew
Ward asst, Philippine crew
Ward asst, Philippine crew
Master cutter, Philippine crew
Tailor, Philippine crew
Cost asst, Philippine crew
Ward supv, Tennessee crew
Ward asst, Tennessee crew
Set ward, Tennessee crew
MUSIC
Mus ed
Orch mus performed by
Rec mixer
Mus score prod by
for LH-81 Entertainment
Mus score prod by
Synthesizer programming & eng
Balance mixer
Mus prod coord, France
Mus prod coord, U.S.
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
1st asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley rec
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Boom op, Philippine crew
Sd mixer, Philippine 2d unit crew
Sd mixer, Tennessee crew
Boom op, Tennessee crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff, Philippine crew
Spec eff fabricator, Philippine crew
Spec eff fabricator, Philippine crew
Spec eff supv, Tennessee crew
Spec eff asst, Tennessee crew
Effectsman, Tennessee crew
Effectsman, Tennessee crew
Effectsman, Tennessee crew
Title des
Title des
Main titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Makeup & hair for Chuck Norris
Asst makeup
Hairdresser, Philippine crew
Hairdresser, Philippine 2d unit crew
Hairdresser, Tennessee crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting consultant
Aerial coord
Exec in charge of prod, L.A.
Prod supv, Philippines
Prod supv, L.A.
Scr supv
Scr supv, L.A.
Prod coord, L.A.
Prod auditor
Asst to Aaron Norris
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Post prod accountant
Voice casting
Prod supv, Philippine crew
Prod supv, Philippine crew
Prod supv, Philippine crew
Loc mgr, Philippine crew
Prod coord, Philippine crew
Casting, Philippine crew
Casting asst, Philippine crew
Casting secy, Philippine crew
Casting prod asst, Philippine crew
Helicopter pilot, Philippine crew
Transportation mgr, Philippine crew
Transportation capt, Philippine crew
Vehicle coord, Philippine crew
Asst vehicle coord, Philippine crew
Mechanic, Philippine crew
Military liaison, Philippine crew
Prod liaison, Philippine crew
Prod secy, Philippine crew
Prod secy, Philippine crew
Accountant, Philippine crew
Cashier, Philippine crew
Cashier, Philippine crew
Purchasing officer, Philippine crew
Typist, Philippine crew
Typist, Philippine crew
Prod office asst, Philippine crew
Prod asst, Philippine crew
Prod asst, Philippine crew
Prod asst, Philippine crew
Prod asst, Philippine crew
Craft service, Philippine crew
Wigwam, Philippine crew
Prod supv, Philippine 2d unit crew
Scr supv, Philippine 2d unit crew
Transportation capt, Philippine 2d unit crew
Casting, Tennessee crew
Prod office coord, Tennessee crew
Loc mgr, Tennessee crew
Helicopter coord/Pilot, Tennessee crew
Helicopter/Ground coord, Tennessee crew
Helicopter pilot, Tennessee crew
Const prod asst, Tennessee crew
Prod secy, Tennessee crew
Prod secy, Tennessee crew
Prod secy, L.A., Tennessee crew
Prod office asst, Tennessee crew
Asst accountant, Tennessee crew
Asst accountant, Tennessee crew
Prod asst, Tennessee crew
Prod asst, Tennessee crew
Prod asst, Tennessee crew
Prod asst, Tennessee crew
Catering, Tennessee crew
Catering, Tennessee crew
Transportation consultant, Tennessee crew
Transportation coord, Tennessee crew
Transportation capt, Tennessee crew
Transportation co-capt, Tennessee crew
Transportation co-capt, Tennessee crew
Transportation co-capt, Tennessee crew
Helicopter modification made by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Fight choreog
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord, Philippine crew
Stunt coord, Philippine crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by James Bruner and Menahem Golan.
SONGS
"Winds Of Change," music by Frederic Talgorn, lyrics by Harriet Schock, performed by Lee Greenwood.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
America's Red Army: Delta Force II
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
Delta Force II: Spitfire
Delta Force II--Operation Crackdown
Delta Force Two: Operation Stranglehold
Stranglehold: Delta Force II
Release Date:
24 August 1990
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 24 Aug 1990; New York opening: week of 25 Aug 1990
Production Date:
6 Mar--27 May 1989
Copyright Claimant:
MGM-Pathe Communications Company
Copyright Date:
7 January 1991
Copyright Number:
PA505170
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
With animated sequences
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
106
Length(in feet):
9,959
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30207
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During Carnival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents led by John Page raid a costume party attended by drug lord Ramon Cota. However, Cota has replaced himself with another man. While Page’s men unmask Cota’s double, assassins outside machinegun a DEA surveillance van, killing its occupants. Meanwhile, in Florida, Colonel Scott McCoy, head of a commando unit called Delta Force, eats dinner with Major Bobby Chavez and Bobby’s wife, Rita. When three “Skinheads” at the next table harass the Chinese proprietor, Scott knocks them out with punches and karate kicks. In the South American country of San Carlos, Cota lands at a private airstrip and is met by his right-hand man, Miguel, in an armored limousine. Cota tells Miguel that the DEA’s interception of cocaine shipments means there must be a spy in their organization. He instructs Miguel to fly to Miami, Florida, to talk to distributors. On the way to his compound, Cota stops the limousine and demands to know why a pretty Indian woman, Quinquina, is nursing her baby instead of working in his coca field. When Quinquina’s husband objects, Cota stabs him to death. He tells Miguel to get rid of the baby, clean up Quinquina, and send her to his bedroom. In Florida, Scott and Bobby report to General Taylor’s office for a briefing from DEA director George Fogarty. John Page, the DEA’s San Carlos chief, is also present. Taylor informs them that Ramon Cota and his drug operation are protected by General Olmedo, San Carlos’ top military officer. San Carlos President Alcarar is relatively honest, but has no power to overrule Olmedo. Therefore, Delta Force will have to kidnap ... +


During Carnival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents led by John Page raid a costume party attended by drug lord Ramon Cota. However, Cota has replaced himself with another man. While Page’s men unmask Cota’s double, assassins outside machinegun a DEA surveillance van, killing its occupants. Meanwhile, in Florida, Colonel Scott McCoy, head of a commando unit called Delta Force, eats dinner with Major Bobby Chavez and Bobby’s wife, Rita. When three “Skinheads” at the next table harass the Chinese proprietor, Scott knocks them out with punches and karate kicks. In the South American country of San Carlos, Cota lands at a private airstrip and is met by his right-hand man, Miguel, in an armored limousine. Cota tells Miguel that the DEA’s interception of cocaine shipments means there must be a spy in their organization. He instructs Miguel to fly to Miami, Florida, to talk to distributors. On the way to his compound, Cota stops the limousine and demands to know why a pretty Indian woman, Quinquina, is nursing her baby instead of working in his coca field. When Quinquina’s husband objects, Cota stabs him to death. He tells Miguel to get rid of the baby, clean up Quinquina, and send her to his bedroom. In Florida, Scott and Bobby report to General Taylor’s office for a briefing from DEA director George Fogarty. John Page, the DEA’s San Carlos chief, is also present. Taylor informs them that Ramon Cota and his drug operation are protected by General Olmedo, San Carlos’ top military officer. San Carlos President Alcarar is relatively honest, but has no power to overrule Olmedo. Therefore, Delta Force will have to kidnap Cota. General Taylor tells Scott and Bobby that the DEA’s spy in Cota’s organization is in Florida and wants to talk. Later, when a taxicab picks up Scott and Bobby, the driver is Miguel. He informs them Cota will be flying to Switzerland on a commercial airplane that will fly briefly over U.S. airspace, but Cota and his armed bodyguards will have the first-class section to themselves. Four days later, on the flight to Switzerland, Bobby and Scott knock out the bodyguards, unscrew a plate in the floor, and drag Cota into the airplane’s underbelly. As Scott and Bobby put on parachutes, Cota refuses to put one on, so Scott pushes him out of the plane and jumps a moment later. He catches Cota in freefall, pops his own parachute, and lands in the ocean, where General Taylor takes custody of the drug lord. When a Florida judge grants Cota bail at $10 million, Bobby is outraged because Cota can easily post that amount and leave the country. Feeling betrayed, he punches the drug king. Later, Cota and two henchmen break into Bobby’s house and kill his wife, Rita, and their son. Threatening revenge, Bobby flies to San Carlos and attempts to shoot Cota at a polo game, but John Page and two DEA agents subdue him. Suddenly, they are surrounded by Cota’s armed thugs and taken prisoner. President Alcarar, under the auspices of General Olmedo, delivers a speech deriding the President of the United States for calling San Carlos a “nation of drug smugglers.” At a mountaintop compound, Ramon Cota videotapes Bobby Chavez’s death in a private gas chamber and sends the videotape to General Taylor. When Taylor shows it to Scott, the Delta Force colonel makes plans to invade Cota’s fortress. The general provides aerial photographs that show the compound sits at the top of a steep, undefended cliff. To provide a cover for the Delta Force’s incursion into San Carlos, the U.S. President threatens to end economic aid to the small country, prompting President Alcarar to grant authority for an American army unit to invade a small section of San Carlos, damage the cocaine trade, and leave. However, the designated area is outside Cota’s territory, and to ensure that the Americans stay within the safety zone, Alcarar assigns liaison officer Ernesto Flores to accompany them. During the week leading up to the incursion, Scott trains his Delta Force commandos for the assault. When General Taylor informs Scott that Cota threatens to kill the DEA prisoners if American boots touch the ground, the commando colonel volunteers to parachute into San Carlos a day ahead of the invasion, break into the compound, and rescue Page and the other men. Scott is instructed to meet an Indian woman, Quinquina, who was raped by Cota after he murdered her husband and baby. After making a night parachute jump, Scott meets Quinquina in the jungle and follows her to the base of Cota’s mountain. Meanwhile, General Taylor and his aide, Major Anderson, meet with Ernesto Flores, who shows exactly where they are allowed to raid coca fields. Quinquina returns to her village in time to see Cota and his men murder the chief for not telling them who landed nearby in a parachute. That night, after infrared aerial photographs reveal where the major coca fields are located, the U.S. President gives General Taylor the go-ahead to raid them. At Cota’s compound, Scott reaches the top of the cliff, cripples the drug lord’s radar, and kills several sentries. U.S. Army helicopters drop Delta Force commandos nearby. Elsewhere, helicopter gunships attack fields and drug processing factories. Scott frees the DEA agents before Cota can kill them, but the drug lord takes him prisoner. Scott awakens in a gas chamber as it fills with deadly gas. Suddenly, missiles from a helicopter hit the house and blow down several walls. John Page frees Scott, and Scott finds Cota lying unconscious from the blast. They shackle the drug lord, put him in his own armored limousine, and escape, but several vehicles filled with Cota’s guards pursue them. General Olmedo joins the chase in a helicopter and cripples the limousine with a missile, allowing Cota to escape. General Taylor’s gunship sneaks up behind Olmedo’s helicopter and blows it out of the sky. Quinquina grabs a machete and chases after Cota, but he kills her. Scott overtakes him, knocks him unconscious, and carries him away as henchmen surround them. Overhead, General Taylor drops harnesses. Scott puts one around himself and the other around Cota. As the helicopter drags them through the jungle, one of Cota’s men swings a machete at Scott but hits Cota’s cable instead. The helicopter finally gets free of the jungle and gains altitude as it heads over the ocean. Dangling from his line, Cota taunts Scott by saying he will soon be free again to resume his drug trade, but suddenly the weakened cable breaks, and Cota falls toward the ocean below. +

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