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

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Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)
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Sir Edward Matherson
Winston Ntshona ...
President Julius Limbani
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Sgt. Jesse Link
Jack Watson ...
R.S.M. Sandy Young
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Kenneth Griffith ...
Arthur Witty
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Thomas Balfour
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Jock McTaggart
Ian Yule ...
Tosh Donaldson
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>

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


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11 November 1978 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Pieter Coetzee was originally supposed to be Rhodesian. When Hardy Krüger was cast, the character was made a Boer to explain Kruger's German accent. See more »

Goofs

During the training sequence, the sergeant-major calls WItty a "screaming faggot." That is an American insult which would've been unknown to a British NCO in the seventies - and who would, in any case, have a store of home-grown alternatives in his vocabulary. See more »

Quotes

Keith: Who are you leaving your money to, Queenie?
Medical Orderly Arthur Witty: Well, if it's any of your business, To the dearest, kindest proctologist in the whole wide world.
Keith: What's that?
Medical Orderly Arthur Witty: "Bum-doctor" to you, chubby cheeks.
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Referenced in Nocturna (1979) See more »

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Written and Performed by Joan Armatrading
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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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