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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SEK 4,765,658 (Sweden)
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was based on the novel "The Thin White Line" by Rhodesian Daniel Carney. It was not published until Euan Lloyd had bought the screen rights, and was then renamed "The Wild Geese". See more »

Goofs

When the Geese take over the prison command post; the Cuban officer removes the cigar from his mouth when the camera changes angle he removes it again. 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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Soundtracks

Rafer's theme
by Aleksandr Borodin (as A. Borodin)
Arr. Roy Budd (as Budd)
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Last Hurrah
3 July 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A splendid old-fashioned action film, with all concerned giving it their best shot.

A few people have objected to the average age of the actors in this film, from Burton to Kenneth Griffiths - but they don't seem to realise that the age of these mercernaries is the point. The Wild Geese is about a generation of men who demobbed from the Army after the Second World War, were unable to make peace work, and who sold their services as soldiers in the world's troublespots to the highest bidder. The late 1970's would have been the time of life that their age at last compromised their work, and the film is a recognition of the last of them.

For me this film is like a beloved childhood toy, kept and never forgotten - when it aired recently on television I just didn't want it to end.

Brilliant, gloriously sentimental and the anti-thesis of PC. 10/10


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