A Force of One

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A Force of One
Force of one.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Paul Aaron
Produced by Alan Belkin
Written by Pat E. Johnson
Ernest Tidyman
Starring Jennifer O'Neill
Chuck Norris
Clu Gulager
Ron O'Neal
Bill Wallace
Music by Dick Halligan
Cinematography Roger Shearman
Edited by Bert Lovitt
Distributed by American Cinema Releasing
Release date
June, 1979
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $20,200,000[1]

A Force of One is a 1979 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.

Plot summary[edit]

When a team of undercover narcotics officers is targeted by a serial killer, the police recruit karate champion Matt Logan (Chuck Norris) 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.



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 interviewed 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.[3]


  1. ^ "A Force of One - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2004-01-17). "'Superfly' actor Ron O'Neal, '70s blaxploitation film star". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ 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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