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The Dogs of War (1980)

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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

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Colin Blakely ...
Hugh Millais ...
Endean
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Derek
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Michel (as Jean François Stevenin)
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Jessie
Robert Urquhart ...
Capt. Lockhart
Winston Ntshona ...
Dr. Okoye
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The Captain (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Harlan Cary Poe ...
Richard
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Terry
Isabel Grandin ...
Evelyn
Ernest Graves ...
Warner
Kelvin Thomas ...
The Black Boy
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Jamie Shannon is a soldier of fortune -- a mercenary who will stage a coup or a revolution for the right price. He is hired by British mining interests to scout out Zangaro, a small African nation with rich mineral deposits but a brutal and xenophobic dictatorship. Arrested soon after his arrival, Shannon is imprisoned as a spy, badly beaten, and tortured. While in prison he meets one of the country's leading intellectuals, Dr. Okoye, also imprisoned by the regime. Eventually released, he returns to London and is subsequently offered to opportunity to secretly invade Zangaro's capital and lead a military coup. Shannon accepts, but quietly has his own agenda to pursue. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Cry 'Havoc!' And Let Slip The Dogs Of War

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cães de Guerra  »

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(TCM print) | (cut) (1988) (video release) | (cut) (1981) (cinema release)

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Trivia

This movie was originally going to be directed by Norman Jewison. See more »

Goofs

The scene at the railway station is set at London's Liverpool Street, made obvious by the Great Eastern Hotel prominently in the background. However, the station announcement says the train is for Rugby, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Sheffield. Trains do not go from Liverpool Street station to these destinations and did not at the time the film was set. A likelier station for such departure would have been St Pancras. See more »

Quotes

Shannon: [to Endean and Bobi, who have arrived after the fighting is over] You're late!
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Connections

Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
Sung by Gillian McPherson
Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Poem by A.E. Housman
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"Importation Tax, Airport Tax"
15 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the most realistic treatment I've seen of what real mercenary operations and business travels are like. Any who have traveled to third world hell holes like "Zangaro" feel as though they must have had a camera following them around to get the background for this movie, the airport arrival, the hotel holding passports, the "tour guide" and the bar toast are as realistic as you can get. If you like movies that show the real nitty gritty, the backdoor politics, the backstabbing and intrigue that is international diplomacy catch this one the next time it's on cable.


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