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Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)
"Geheimcode Wildgänse" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, War  |  September 1986 (USA)
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Commander Robin Wesley, leader of a group of mercenaries, go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow the dictator, who is a major manufacturer and dealer of the world's opium.

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Commander Robin Wesley, leader of a group of mercenaries, go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow the dictator, who is a major manufacturer and dealer of the world's opium.

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This is a corporation of businessmen... Their business is war. For them, the jungle and the city are the same.

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Arcobaleno selvaggio  »

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Performed by H. Arcona (Eloy), H.L. Folbert (Eloy), K.P. Matziol (Eloy) and Jan Nemec (Bolek)
Music Equipment by Yamaha
Arranged by Amptown
(c) by VIP Music
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Codename: Eurotrash
2 February 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Antonio Margheriti (that's the linguine Anthony Dawson) directs this in-name only second sequel to "The Wild Geese", with ex-Professionals' Lewis Collins as the indomitable Commander Robin Wesley (a very masculine sounding name befitting the tough guy profile), and his band of rag-tag mercenaries as they venture into the jungles of Borneo or thereabouts for a supposedly benign mission to bust an opium operation. But the evil, double crossing Charleton (crazy-eyed Kinski) is playing both sides, and the group find themselves taking refuge in a mission with language assistance from expatriate American (Farmer) as they search for an escape route.

Glorious colour tones, stylish costumes and jazzy synthesisers give this true grit war opus the Armani makeover treatment it didn't need, its credibility already waning from the outset. Collins' suave sophistication and stiff upper lip as he delivers painfully awkward dialogue is so artificial, it's cringe worthy. Ernest Borgnine looks sedated in his brief cameo, while Kinski, conversely, is so over the top, he's hilarious. Only Van Cleef offers some restraint, but he's a passenger on this train wreck. The set designers, special effects crew and pyrotechnic personnel showed flair with their multitude of explosions, and the bodies blown apart in gory detail give it that Euro-trash touch you've come to expect.

But while the action sequences are fluent and well constructed, and the general gist of the film is easy to follow, there's still an awful lot of stilted dialogue, pointless encounters and plot troughs. Nice try, but in spite of Collins' penchant for smoking stogies, no cigar.


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