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The Wild Geese (1978)

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
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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
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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 **** mercenaries in the business. See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Los gansos salvajes  »

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Budget:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Moore celebrated his 50th birthday while shooting in South Africa. An ex-serviceman, he helped some of the actors learn the military look (how to march, salute, etc.) See more »

Goofs

The hammer on R.S.M. Sandy Young's Colt .45 is still down after he fires a round into the dirt to get the exhausted soldier moving again during the training sequence. See more »

Quotes

Faulkner: [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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Flight of the Wild Geese
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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