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For the record label, see Megaforce Records. For the 2013 Power Rangers Series, see Power Rangers Megaforce.
MegaForce movie poster
Directed by Hal Needham
Produced by Andre Morgan
Albert S. Ruddy
Screenplay by James Whittaker
Albert S. Ruddy
Hal Needham
André Morgan
Story by Robert S. Kachler[1]
Music by Jerrold Immel
Cinematography Michael C. Butler
Edited by Patrick Roark
Skip Schoolnik
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (USA)
Toho-Towa (Japan)[2]
Release dates
  • June 25, 1982 (1982-06-25)
Running time
99 min.
Country United States
Hong Kong
Language English
Budget $20 million[3]
Box office $5,675,599

Megaforce (or MegaForce), is an action film made in 1982 directed by former stuntman Hal Needham. The film starred Barry Bostwick, Persis Khambatta, Michael Beck, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Evan C. Kim, Ralph Wilcox, Robert Fuller (who, years later, admitted to being less than fond of the picture) and Henry Silva.

The film featured a "phantom Army of super elite fighting men whose weapons are the most powerful science can devise", including realistic 3-D holograms and combat vehicles such as a motorcycle called the "Delta MK 4 Megafighter" equipped with missile launchers. The movie included extreme scenarios, such as motorcycles and dune buggies launching missiles that proved lethal for main battle tanks. The dune buggies, "megadestroyers" or "megacruisers", also had lasers that could destroy a tank in a single shot. The vehicles were coated with a photo-sensitive paint that was a white, tan, and black lightning-bolt scheme during the day and darkened to a solid black camouflage at night. In the film finale, the main character's motorcycle activates small (~2 ft or 0.6 m) fold-out wings and flies.

The movie was made into a computer game, most notably for the Atari 2600.

The film was a critical and commercial failure on its release and was nominated for three Razzie Awards, Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor (Michael Beck).

A sequel titled Deeds Not Words was considered, but it was scrapped due to the poor performance of the original film. Delta Force, the 1986 Chuck Norris blockbuster, had a plot very similar to MegaForce, and in the movie, Norris rides a motorbike that fires missiles.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The story involves two fictional countries, the peaceful Republic of Sardun and their aggressive neighbor Gamibia. Unable to defend themselves from a Gamibian incursion, Sardun sends Major Zara (Persis Khambatta) and General Byrne-White (Edward Mulhare) to ask the help of MegaForce – a secret mercenary army composed of international soldiers of fortune, equipped with advanced weapons and vehicles. The MegaForce leader, Commander Ace Hunter (Barry Bostwick), accepts the peacekeeping mission when he learns that his rival, and former military academy friend, Duke Gurerra (Henry Silva) is leading the Gamibian invasion.

While Hunter composes an elaborate battle plan to destroy Gurerra's forces, Zara tries out to become a member of MegaForce. Although she passes the tests, Hunter's growing feelings of affection toward her prevent him from accepting her on for such a dangerous mission.

Eventually, MegaForce successfully para-drops its attack vehicles into Gamibia and Hunter mounts his sneak attack against Gurerra's forces. Although they manage to destroy his base, Gurerra has set a trap for them at the team's only means of escape – a dry lake bed where the cargo planes will pick them up. Gurerra sends his tanks to secure the lake bed while Hunter comes up with a plan to attack Gurerra from behind by crossing over a mountain range the enemy tanks had turned their backs toward.

The plan succeeds, and MegaForce manages to break through Gurerra's tanks, but one of MegaForce's cargo planes is damaged in the process. Having to abandon their hi-tech vehicles, (which they program to self-destruct), the team successfully makes it on foot to the last plane, except for Hunter. The commander, instead, makes his own dramatic escape on his motorcycle after it deploys airfoils and a rocket motor and catches up with the cargo plane in midair. Although he has lost the battle, Gurerra shows admiration for Hunter's cunning, and he gives his old friend a thumbs up.


An album was released on Boardwalk Records, with the theme song done by the group 707, was released as a single reaching the mid level of the charts in the U.S.A. and Canada.[4] The soundtrack was released on Compact Disc in 2011 by BSX Records.[citation needed]


Mattel also produced a Vertibird and Hot Wheels play sets based on the MegaForce theme.

A video game based on the film was released in 1982 on the Atari 2600.

In popular culture[edit]

In the DVD introduction to the season two South Park episode, "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", Trey Parker graphically describes MegaForce as if it were the plot for what the viewer is about to see. Matt Stone stops Parker mid-sentence and reminds him that he is describing the movie MegaForce and not their episode. A disappointed Parker remembers and says, "We should have done MegaForce, that was a sweet movie, we should have done that." Their film Team America: World Police includes a number of apparent references to the film, including similar scenes of a flying motorcycle and an underground base where the hero meets various specialists.


  1. ^ Needham, Hal (Director) (1982). Megaforce (DVD). 2:39 minutes in. 
  2. ^ Megaforce at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (1989). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Scarecrow Press. p. 259. 
  4. ^ Mega Force at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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