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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:
The White Man's Burden!, See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (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:
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)

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
 
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)

Did You Know?

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. Lancaster claimed to have turned the part down because he felt the film was "inferior".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Richard Harris is lying dead on the runway after being shot multiple times, his body continues to move as if he is breathing normally.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Shawn Fynn:That's one of the most moving benedictions I ever heard.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nocturna (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rafer'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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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The White Man's Burden!,, 4 February 2007
Author: unreasonableboy from Dallas, Texas

They don't make em like this anymore, it's certainly not 'Cannes'or 'Sun dance' film festival material. There is an all star cast with an assortment of fine British character actors in support, plenty of action and a laundry list of politically incorrect overtones. This certainly puts Wildgeese well up their as a relic of the past, I tell you it doesn't get any better than this! It's just another day at the office when they massacre a garrison of 250 Zimbas with cyanide gas and then finish the rest off with what could best be described as a "mass case of lead poisoning" while making good their escape. In addition there is the racist South African who has no problem calling blacks "Kaffers" and the medical orderly Witty who hilariously epitomizes the image of how gays were portrayed back in 1970's "ooh ducky"! Also, 'the white mans burden' attitude, Africans can't run their own show even after decolonisation i.e tribal rivalry, and when any of the Zimbas were shot they shook violently for a second while accompanied by a high pitch scream; you see --- white guys die quietly! Also, local native superstition about Limbani coming back from the dead! It's still a great action flick but today many people would have a fit if this type of movie was released today even if it was meant to be from a 1960's perspective. I noted that the infamous and well known mercenary "Mad Mike" Hore was technical adviser to the film which would consequently make this type of film even more loathed today.

Some have commented on the fact that the cast were all too long in the tooth to be taken seriously as mercenaries, but ironically the film does not hide the fact that this was a last hurrah for some of the aging former soldiers. In addition back in the 1960's and 70's many mercenaries were recruited from the ranks of the unemployed or were former soldiers who after being de-mobbed found life in civy-street difficult. Many were former cooks and mechanics who often lacked the training the equipment as well as finding that their pay was often slow in coming.

***Spoilers*** Wildgeese starts off with the romantic notion of being a Soldier of fortune as they complete their mission easily. However things start to unravel when they are double crossed by that scoundrel Matheson , then they really had to work hard for their $7000, subsequently very few of them make it back. The film keeps faith with the good guys always win in the end as "Sir Edward" learns the hard way that he double crossed the wrong man because the ever resourceful Faulkner eventually turns the tables on him; Matheson comes off second best in the confrontation in the study

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