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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
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Tosh Donaldson
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Rushton
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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! See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los gansos salvajes  »

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Budget:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first scene with Captain Rafer Janders (Sir Richard Harris), his son, Emile, is seen working briefly on a model car. The kit is of a Mercedes Benz Model 1906 roadster, made by Bandai. See more »

Goofs

During Fynn and Coetzee's first meeting in the pub, the volume of beer in their glasses increases and decreases between shots. See more »

Quotes

Faulkner: Jesse, I'm glad to got my wire.
Sgt. Jesse Blake: So am I, sir... it was my breakfast.
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Connections

Referenced in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Show 1 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Flight of the Wild Geese
Written and Performed by Joan Armatrading
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Thanks to all who enjoyed my film
17 November 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It is not often a producer has the chance to thank his critics in this form. I do so now. The blood-sweat and tears that went into the making of THE WILD GEESE is all forgotten. Appreciation of one's endeavors of some 25 years ago, thanks to DVD, is gratefully received. The Zone 1 version is yet to appear, the lateness due to sloppy distribution. To answer questions about the film's very limited theatrical release in the United States and Canada in 1978, this was due solely to the financial collapse of its distributor, Allied Artists. Chapter II was applied and, to my disgust, it failed to reach many theaters. However, the NBC Network and HBO aired the movie with great success. Euan Lloyd.


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