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The Wild Geese (1978)

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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 ... See full summary »

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A group of British mercenaries are hired by a shady multinational corporation to free the benevolent leader of an African nation held captive by a ruthless dictator.

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Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)
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Matherson / Sir Edward Matherson
Winston Ntshona ...
President Limbani
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Sgt. Jesse
Jack Watson ...
R.S.M. Sandy Young
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Kenneth Griffith ...
Witty
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Balfour
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Jock
Ian Yule ...
Tosh
Patrick Allen ...
Rushton
Rosalind Lloyd ...
Heather
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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 who is also critically ill and due for execution. Just when the team has performed a perfect rescue, the multinational does a deal with the vicious dictator leaving the mercenary band to escape under their own steam and exact revenge. 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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Release Date:

11 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Agries hines  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ex-mercenary Ian Yule, who was cast as Tosh in this film, had previously worked with Col. Mike Hoare, an Irish soldier of fortune whose exploits were allegedly the inspiration for this film. Yule introduced producer Euan Lloyd to Hoare, and eventually the latter was made an adviser on the film, in an attempt to boost the realism of the combat sequences. See more »

Goofs

During Witty's big action scene he cries out: "Come on you beauties, where are you?" Although that is the spoken line, the footage shows him, (partially concealed behind a bush), actually firing his weapon. The weapon sounds were removed from the brief footage and the dialogue inserted, but the gun-smoke and weapon shaking from the firing is visible. See more »

Quotes

[after womanizer Sean Finn fails at a simulated parachute drop]
RSM Sandy Young: That was LUDICROUS, sir. You're jumping from an aeroplane, not a whorehouse window. Do it again.
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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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