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Reginald Rose (screenplay)
Daniel Carney (novel)
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11 November 1978 (USA) See more »
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An action film that really delivers the goods !! See more (113 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Colonel Allen Faulkner

Roger Moore ... Lt. Shawn Fynn

Richard Harris ... Capt. Rafer Janders

Hardy Krüger ... Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)

Stewart Granger ... Sir Edward Matherson
Winston Ntshona ... President Julius Limbani

John Kani ... Sgt. Jesse Link
Jack Watson ... R.S.M. Sandy Young

Frank Finlay ... Father Geoghagen
Kenneth Griffith ... Arthur Witty

Barry Foster ... Thomas Balfour

Ronald Fraser ... Jock McTaggart
Ian Yule ... Tosh Donaldson
Patrick Allen ... Rushton
Rosalind Lloyd ... Heather

David Ladd ... Sonny Martinelli
Paul Spurrier ... Emile Janders

Jeff Corey ... Mr. Martin

Brook Williams ... Samuels

Percy Herbert ... Keith
Glyn Baker ... Esposito
Sydney Chama ... Clark
Ken Gampu ... Alexander
Jane Hylton ... Mrs. Marjorie Young
Taks Senekal ... East German Officer
Martin Grace ... East German Officer
Terry Wells ... Cuban Officer
Joe Cole ... Derek
Fats Bookholane ... Tribal Elder
John Alderson ... Randy
Terence Longdon ... Anonymous Man
Patrick Holt ... Skyjacker
Robert Cunningham ... Man on Aircraft
John Dennison ... Matherson's butler
Thomas Baptiste ... Col. Mboya
Jules Walters ... Mboya's ADC (as Jules Walter)
Fred Bryant ... Baronet Club manager
Valerie Leon ... 1st Girl Dealer
Anna Bergman ... Sonny's Girlfriend
Jeannie Collings ... Sonny's Girlfriend (as Joanna Collings)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Abraham ... Carpenter (uncredited)
Rod Campbell ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Chris Chittell ... Philips (uncredited)
Graham Clarke ... Gennaro (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Richard Cox ... Skyjacker 3 (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ... Randolf (uncredited)
Suzanne Danielle ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Bryan Davis ... Hercules Pilot (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Anthony Fridjhon ... Skyjacker 2 (uncredited)
Ryno Hattingh ... Finchley (uncredited)

Susan Hunt ... Egyptian Girl Flirting with Faulkner (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes ... Jones (uncredited)
George Leech ... Stone (uncredited)
Harry Magnus ... Williams (uncredited)
Solly Marx ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Tullio Moneta ... Tall Mercenary (uncredited)
Maia Newley ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Andre Parnell ... Mercenary (uncredited)

Greg Powell ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Leslie Schofield ... Hitman at Club (uncredited)
Chris Scott ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... Pilot (uncredited)
Len Sparrowhawk ... Slate (uncredited)

Gordon Steel ... Cavendish (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Peter Terry ... Mercenary (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
Reginald Rose (screenplay)

Daniel Carney (novel "The Wild Geese")

Produced by
Chris Chrisafis .... associate producer
Erwin C. Dietrich .... producer
Euan Lloyd .... producer
Douglas Netter .... co-producer
Original Music by
Roy Budd 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (photographed by)
Film Editing by
John Glen 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
Production Design by
Syd Cain 
Art Direction by
Bob Bell 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harold Buck .... production supervisor
Norman Foster .... production manager
Ray Freeborn .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
John Glen .... second unit director
Raymond Becket .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Simon Wakefield .... set director
Maurice Cain .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Terry Wells .... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Gordon Everett .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Allan Sones .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Kit West .... special effects
B.H. Barry .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Clive Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... stunts (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Hardy Krüger (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Solly Marx .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Ian Yule .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Attwood .... stills photographer
James Bawden .... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
Tony Braun .... special photography
John Fenner .... gaffer
Dudley Lovell .... second unit cameraman/operator
Robin Wilter .... associate gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
John Grover .... assembly editor
Other crew
Ronnie Bear .... production liaison
Maurice Binder .... main title designed by
Karl Breyer .... the photograph of Moise Tshombe seen in the main titles of this picture was taken by
Richard Charter .... parachute jump master
Brian Doyle .... publicist
Scott Finch .... production associate (as Scot Finch)
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Dick Hilland .... flying sequences and aerial adviser
Mike Hoare .... military & technical adviser (as Col. Mike Hoare)
Ron Mull .... caterer
Maureen Newman .... production accountant
June Randall .... continuity
Bob Simmons .... action arranger
Edward Eagle .... location assistant (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs .... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
134 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (London premiere print) | Mono
Australia:M | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2005) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1989) (video) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1978) (theatrical) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1978) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Spain:16 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1990) (1998) (2004) (2009) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

According to Roger Moore's memoirs Robert Mitchum was cast as Janders but pulled out and was replaced at late notice by Richard Harris.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
RSM Sandy Young:Get up
Samuels:I can't, sir. I'm dead.
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Movie Connections:
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How much are the mercenaries paid for rescuing Limbani?
Why does Sir Edward Matherson abandon the mercenaries in Africa?
How does the film differ from the book?
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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An action film that really delivers the goods !!, 26 November 2000
Author: Batjac - 49 from Sydney, Australia

Allegedly, loosely based on the incredible adventures of "Mad Mike" Hoare and his mercenary unit operating in the Belgian Congo in the early sixties rescuing Westerners and stemmimg tribal violence..."The Wild Geese" is a real "Boys Own" adventure that races along like a good action film should !

Ageing mercenary leader Allan Faulkner (Richard Burton) is hired by wealthy, but unscrupulous, merchant banker Sir Edward Matherson (Stewart Granger in an oily performance) to rescue an imprisoned African leader, Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona) from terrorists and turn him over to his own stake are copper mine concessions in Africa worth millions !!

Burton enlists the aid of war time pals, Capt. Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) debonair pilot Lt. Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), ex-South African troubleshooter Pieter Coetze (Hardy Kruger) and 'tough as nails' RSM Sandy Young (Jack Watson) as well as about 40 other mercenaries to engage on one last adventure for truth, justice and a very large paycheck.

Burton & Co. parachute into darkened Africa and all goes well....until a double cross emerges and the Wild Geese are running for their lives....outgunned and outmanned by the pursuing brutal, machete-wielding Simba troops

When the action commences in "The Wild Geese" comes thick and fast...the film is filled with gritty firefights, fast paced entertainment and colorful use of African savannah / veldt locations for the battle scenes....highly recommended for fans of the action / war genre !!

Just when is this film going to come out on DVD ???

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