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Director:
Writers:
Reginald Rose (screenplay)
Daniel Carney (novel)
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Release Date:
11 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Dogs of War. The Best D*** Mercenaries in the Business!
Plot:
A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Richard Burton ... Colonel Faulkner

Roger Moore ... Lt. Shawn Fynn

Richard Harris ... Capt. Rafer Janders

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

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

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

Frank Finlay ... The Priest
Kenneth Griffith ... Witty
Barry Foster ... Balfour
Ronald Fraser ... Jock
Ian Yule ... Tosh
Patrick Allen ... Rushton
Rosalind Lloyd ... Heather

David Ladd ... Sonny
Paul Spurrier ... Emile

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
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:
George Lane Cooper ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ... Randolf (uncredited)
Suzanne Danielle ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Bryan Davis ... Hercules Pilot (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon ... Mercenary (uncredited)

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

Greg Powell ... Mercenary (uncredited)
Leslie Schofield ... Hitman at Club (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... Pilot (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... Mercenary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
 
Writing credits
Reginald Rose (screenplay)

Daniel Carney (novel "The Wild Geese")

Produced by
Chris Chrisafis .... associate 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
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
134 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (London premiere print) | Mono
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2005) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1989) (video) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1978) (theatrical) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | 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)

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Trivia:
The producers originally wanted Burt Lancaster for the role of Rafer Janders, but when he began submitting alterations to the script to give his character the central role, he was replaced with Richard Harris.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Faulkner enters the cell block the Cuban officer removes the cigar from his mouth. In the next shot you see the Cuban do the exact same thing.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Shawn Fynn:[referring to the radio callsigns for his men and for their transport aircraft] Iron Man,Wild Goose! Sounds like a finger up a tin man's backside,doesn't it?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Sammy's ThemeSee more »

FAQ

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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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Those Old Cavalry Flicks, 6 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Watching The Wild Geese puts me so in mind of those old John Ford cavalry flicks. Not surprising since the Director Andrew McLaglen learned his trade while on the set of those films with his father Victor McLaglen.

A fine cast was assembled here for this film. Richard Burton, Roger Moore, and Richard Harris certainly have all done better stuff, but their skill makes The Wild Geese enjoyable. Of the three, I think Harris comes off the best, his scenes with his young son are very poignant.

Richard Burton is a mercenary who is being offered a contract by gazillionaire industrialist Stewart Granger. Train and equip a group of mercenaries to rescue a Nelson Mandela type African leader who has been deposed in a military coup. Burton does the job, but when the job is finished he and his mercenaries find getting out a whole lot more than the bargained for.

Starting with Where Eagles Dare, Burton was trying the action/adventure genre on for size and he did well with that. He came up way short with Raid on Rommel, but recouped quite a bit with The Wild Geese. It was his only joint film venture with Richard Harris, pairing both the stage and screen King Arthurs from Camelot.

Of course action adventure is old hat for Roger Moore. He was in his prime as James Bond when The Wild Geese was done. But Moore shows he can be quite serious here. None of the tongue in cheek deadpan that characterizes a Bond film.

The scenes dealing with the recruiting a training of the mercenaries come straight out of John Ford. So are the various types among the soldiers.

I liked Kenneth Griffith's portrayal of the openly gay medic with the group. Yes he's certainly stereotypical, but the point is he's accepted by the men who really don't care about his sexual orientation when in a fight. Secondly he turns out to be quite the John Wayne type hero in the end.

The Wild Geese turned out to be very popular, Burton was going to do a sequel Wild Geese II when he died in 1983. Might have been interesting had he done it since it would have paired with Laurence Olivier in that one.

The Wild Geese is an action/adventure film to be sure, but it's also about loyalty, tradition, and camaraderie. These men may fight for a good paycheck, but they are fanatically loyal to the unit created and to each other.

If that ain't John Ford.............................

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