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The Wild Geese (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  11 November 1978 (USA)
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A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African president from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)
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Matherson / Sir Edward Matherson
Winston Ntshona ...
President Julius Limbani
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Sgt. Jesse
Jack Watson ...
R.S.M. Sandy Young
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Kenneth Griffith ...
Witty
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Balfour
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Jock
Ian Yule ...
Tosh
Patrick Allen ...
Rushton
Rosalind Lloyd ...
Heather
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Storyline

A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader. Written by Richard Young <richy@vnu.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Dogs of War. The Best D*** Mercenaries in the Business!


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Release Date:

11 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los gansos salvajes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,765,658 (Sweden)
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(London premiere print)|

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stewart Granger was cast on very short notice - he replaced Joseph Cotten. See more »

Goofs

During the mercenaries flight, Coetzee removes the dismantled crossbow from it's leather case and starts to assemble it. After his parachute-landing, however, he is seen carrying the leather-case containing his dissembled crossbow: Meaning the assembly-scene was overlooked in the final edit of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Faulkner: Let's talk about your father.
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Soundtracks

Sammy's Theme
"Dance of Death"
Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue (as Jerry and Marc Donahue)
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User Reviews

 
The Mercenary and his Employer
12 July 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Africa has been the background setting for many an exciting film. In this story a powerful, but arrogant English lord and wealthy financier, (Stewart Granger) Sir Edward Matherson, hires, a professional Mecernary, Col. Allen Faulkner, (Richard Burton) to fly into Africa and rescue a popular but imprisoned African leader Julius Limbani. (Winston Ntshona) This action will threaten and force a ruthless, but established dictator to sign over his country's lucrative copper mining rights. To help Faulkner with his dangerous task, he calls on close military friends. Lt. Shawn Fynn, (Roger Moore), Capt. Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) Lt. Pieter Coetze, (Hardy Krüger) and Sagarent Major Sandy Young. (Jack Watson). Together, they plan, organize, train and secretly fly into the heart of enemy country. What they don't know is that Sir Edward Matherson will expect the dreaded and merciless "Simbas" to be more efficient than his hired men. Rarely does a dramatic, action packed film contain a simple subliminal message; that men of war can also be men of conscience seeking common bond and family life. A superb vehicle for Richard Burton. ****


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