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Director:
Writers:
Gary DeVore (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
13 February 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Cry 'Havoc!' And Let Slip The Dogs Of War
Plot:
Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Existential mercenaries go to war for war's sake. One of best of breed. See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Christopher Walken ... Jamie Shannon

Tom Berenger ... Drew
Colin Blakely ... North
Hugh Millais ... Endean

Paul Freeman ... Derek
Jean-François Stévenin ... Michel (as Jean François Stevenin)

JoBeth Williams ... Jessie
Robert Urquhart ... Capt. Lockhart
Winston Ntshona ... Dr. Okoye

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... The Captain (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Harlan Cary Poe ... Richard

Ed O'Neill ... Terry
Isabel Grandin ... Evelyn
Ernest Graves ... Warner
Kelvin Thomas ... The Black Boy

Shane Rimmer ... Dr. Oaks
Joseph Konrad ... Priest (as Father Joseph Konrad)

Bruce McLane ... Shop Manager

George Harris ... Col. Bobi (as George W. Harris)

David Schofield ... Endean's Man
Terence Rigby ... Hackett
Tony Mathews ... Bank Vice President
John Quentin ... Party Guest
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Benny Lambert
Christopher Malcolm ... Baker
Jack Lenoir ... Boucher
André Penvern ... Policeman (as Andre Penvern)
Lawrence Davidson ... Policeman

Martin LaSalle ... Customs Officer (as Martin La Salle)
Maggie Scott ... Gabrielle

Hugh Quarshie ... Zangaron Officer
Olu Jacobs ... Customs Officer
Gyearbuor Asante ... Geoffrey (as Christopher Asante)
Thomas Baptiste ... Dexter
Eddie Tagoe ... Jinja
Kenny Ireland ... Film Crew

Jim Broadbent ... Film Crew
André Toffel ... Priest (as Andre Toffel)
Diana Bracho ... Nun
Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Kimba (as Ilarrio Bisi Pedro)
Joanne Flanagan ... Godmother
Robert Berger ... Poker Player
William Cain ... Poker Player (as William B. Cain)
Russell T. Carr ... Poker Player
José Rabelo ... Hotel Clerk (as Jose Rabelo)

Victoria Tennant ... Dinner Party Guest
Erica Creer ... Dinner Party Guest
Sheila Ruskin ... Dinner Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Beckwith ... Mercenary (uncredited)

David Mandel ... Long Shoreman (uncredited)

Ángel Ramírez ... Beggar (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Irvin 
 
Writing credits
Gary DeVore (screenplay) and
George Malko (screenplay)

Frederick Forsyth (novel)

Produced by
Larry DeWaay .... producer
Norman Jewison .... executive producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... executive producer (as Patrick Palmer)
 
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
 
Art Direction by
Bert Davey 
John Siddall 
 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
 
Makeup Department
Ramon Gow .... hairdresser
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lois Kramer Hartwick .... unit production manager: New York (as Lois Hartwick)
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director
Lewis Gould .... second assistant director: New York
Terry Madden .... second assistant director
Michelle Marx .... first assistant director: Miami
John Robertson .... second assistant director: Miami
Candace Suerstedt .... first assistant director: New York (as Candace Suerstedt-Rehmet)
Anthony Waye .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Roy Carnon .... illustrator
Fred Carter .... set dresser
Harry Cordwell .... set dresser
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Dave Jordan .... property master
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don Banks .... sound camera
Graham V. Hartstone .... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Archie Ludski .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief dubbing mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Michael Collins .... special effects (as Mike Collins)
Rudy Liszczak .... special effects (as Rudi Liszczak)
Joe Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
Steve Lombardi .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jay Amor .... utility stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Alex Brown .... stunts
Lincoln McSweeney .... stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunts
Eddie Smith .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator: Europe
Marvin Walters .... stunt coordinator: Africa
Ray Woodfork .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
John Cardiff .... additional photographer
Irving Deutch .... director of photography: New York
John Elton .... director of photography: Miami
Frank Heeney .... gaffer
David James .... still photographer
Colin Manning .... camera grip
Peter Norman .... camera operator: New York (as Peter D. Norman)
Bill Pochetty .... best boy
Danny Shelmerdine .... second assistant camera
Robin Vidgeon .... first assistant camera
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Ron Zarilla .... first assistant camera: New York
 
Casting Department
Jane Feinberg .... casting: USA
Mike Fenton .... casting: USA
Susie Figgis .... casting: Europe
Julia Pascal .... location casting
Dee Miller .... extras casting: local (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Denny .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Terry Busby .... assistant editor
Peter Honess .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Barbara Allen .... production coordinator
Pamela Allen .... assistant to producer
Yvonne Axeworthy .... script supervisor (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Peter Bennett .... location manager (as Peter D. Bennett)
Charles Cannon .... production accountant
John Downes .... location manager
Cassian Elwes .... production assistant
Terry Needham .... location manager
Gregory Palmer .... production assistant
Mike Russell .... unit publicist
Alan Beckwith .... stand-in: Christopher Walken (uncredited)
Jeremy Coote .... production runner (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
UK:118 min | USA:102 min | USA:104 min (TCM print) | Finland:114 min (cut) (1988) (video release) | Finland:105 min (cut) (1981) (cinema release)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1981) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1980) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1981) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Irvin had previously filmed amidst real life battles when he worked in a television news crew in Vietnam during the 1960s. Irvin once said: "Unlike most young film directors, I've been in battle. Throughout the sixties I went to various war zones and I met numerous mercenaries in Algeria and South East Asia, so I had my own personal strings to draw on. I would say our depiction of mercenaries is pretty accurate. We talked to a lot of mercenaries and were able to get a lot of information from them about how they would have handled the operation."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Shannon says something doubting the effectiveness of Col Bobi's troops
Col. Bobi:If there is one who does not fight, Ill take his head and mount it on the palace gates
Shannon:You and your brother in law have the same easygoing way of doing buisness
Col. Bobi:Olou Kimba does not do buisness. So Sec Bobi will be president. He wants to be God... I want to be RICH!
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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Existential mercenaries go to war for war's sake. One of best of breed., 13 November 2005
Author: Albarino from United States

Lean, pared down to action, efficiently told story of a mercenary band with a code of honor worthy of Hemingway's life maxim "grace under pressure." Walken's performance is truly riveting, simply acting the truth without embellishment, this is professional soldier whose purpose --- loyalty to his fellow soldiers and dedication to his task --- is clean and spare: get in, win, get out, come home has been rarely topped in movies. A modern day samurai with fatalistic existential details all pass with utter credibility and uncluttered and unremarked on. Chillingly well told. Once it grips you, you will not be released until the end credits. Cuts to the bone. Jack Cardiff's cinematography is a textbook of low budget, maximum effect visuals. Walken seems skinned by combat; you never doubt this is a peak experience for him, there are no alternatives.

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