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The Dogs of War (1980)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  13 February 1981 (USA)
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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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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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Cry 'Havoc!' And Let Slip The Dogs Of War

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Cães de Guerra  »

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

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Trivia

Tom Berenger has said in interviews that around half of his role was omitted from the final release print. When executive producer Norman Jewison asked him to go on a promotional trip to Japan, the angry actor vociferously refused. According to Berenger, Helen Shaver, who played his wife in the film, was totally eliminated from the release print. See more »

Goofs

When Shannon meets with Endean and Bobi, in subsequent shots his necktie moves from the left to right side of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Shannon: [to Endean and Bobi, who have arrived after the fighting is over] You're late!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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When It's Springtime in the Rockies
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Music by Robert Sauer
Lyrics by Maryhale Woolsey
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Anybody want to buy a Coup'?
5 September 2002 | by (Charlotte North By God Carolina) – See all my reviews

The best of the "hired killers takes out a bassackwards third world African nation in ten minutes or less" genre. Christopher Walken fans will love this one as he occupies the camera for about 98% of the film and does an admirable job playing ringleader to a small band of mercenaries hired by London's Enron branch to take down some dude with a Gucci sword named Kimba, the benevolent ruler of Okka Bokka Boo. The pace is a little slow for my tastes but they threw in my favorite girl next door, JoBeth Williams, as Walkens ex-wife just to keep me occupied while the guns were being shipped in from Switzerland or somewhere. All I can tell you is the climax is worth waiting for. It's outstanding actually. The DVD is a little disappointing. 2ch sound and no widescreen. See if you can spot Ed O'Neill from Married With Children fame. 7 hand grenades/10


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