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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Release Date:

11 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Los gansos salvajes  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Euan Lloyd, Roger Moore liked a drink, though he was capable of managing it. One morning, while driving past Moore's apartment, Lloyd saw him standing on the front lawn in his underpants with his eyes closed holding a garden hose over his head. 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

Lt. Shawn Fynn: That's the best news I've had since I threw up my breakfast.
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Soundtracks

Sammy's Theme
"Dance of Death"
Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue (as Jerry and Marc Donahue)
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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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