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Producer Euan Lloyd desperately wanted to make the film after reading the novel "The Thin White Line" by Daniel Carney, on which it was based. However, funding was so tight that Lloyd had to sell his car, his wife's fur coat, some jewelry and mortgage his house in order to finance his sales pitches to the studios, and to cover other pre-production costs. See more »
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[after the parachute drop]
Shawn, how goes it?
Lt. Shawn Fynn:
[in some discomfort]
Oh fine, fine thanks. I tell you, Jock, that's it. My heels are where my balls used to be.
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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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