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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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Perhaps A Difficult Novel To Adapt For Cinema See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
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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:
The toast given by the French member of the mercenary group is "Vive la mort, vive la guerre, vive le sacre mercenaire." ("Long live death, long live war, long live the cursed mercenary.") This is an adaptation of the original Foreign legion toast, "Vive la mort, vive la guerre, vive la Légion Etrangère", which makes lot more sense!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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
When It's Springtime in the RockiesSee more »

FAQ

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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps A Difficult Novel To Adapt For Cinema, 25 January 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

The great thing about reading a Fredirick Forsyth novel is that you're educated while being entertained . He gives you facts and details on everything from modern jet fighters to Ukrainian history . The problem with this though is that the info tend to hold up the narrative which makes a Forsyth novel difficult to successfully translate to screen and to be honest the original THE DOGS OF WAR novel isn't really a book that will appeal to a cinema goer who's into no brain action shoot them ups . I can forgive this since I know what to expect from a Forsyth story but would Mr action fan ? I can just imagine a disappointed Arnie/Bruce/Sly fan slagging the movie off for having only two battle scenes , one at the start of the movie and one at the end , so let me point out that if you're expecting to see DIE HARD IN AFRICA it's maybe not you're kind of movie

If there's a problem with the movie it's mainly down to the structure of the novel with much of the running time taken up with planning the coup , getting the equipment , hiring the boat etc . I also noticed the dialogue was a bit iffy " Which one of your men do I kill to make way for mine ? " . Things like structure and dialogue don't matter too much on the written page but tend to leap out at you on the silver screen , but as many of the commentators on this page have pointed out it's an action film/political thriller with a brain . It's perhaps not as enjoyable as say THE DARK OF THE SUN or THE WILD GEESE but there's certainly entertainment to be had trying to spot the actor before they were a well known face

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