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The Wild Geese (1978)

A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Colonel Allen Faulkner
... Lt. Shawn Fynn
... Capt. Rafer Janders
... Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)
... Sir Edward Matherson
Winston Ntshona ... President Julius Limbani
... Sgt. Jesse Link
... R.S.M. Sandy Young
... Father Geoghagen
Kenneth Griffith ... Arthur Witty
... Thomas Balfour
... Jock McTaggart
... Tosh Donaldson
... Rushton
... Heather
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Storyline

A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader. Written by Richard Young <richy@vnu.co.uk>

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The Dogs of War... The Best **** Mercenaries in the Business! See more »


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11 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,423,104, 31 December 1978
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton and Sir Richard Harris were delighted with how the film turned out. Harris said, "I'd been plodding through sewage, and then at the end of the tunnel, there was a romp with the boys, a night on the town. Was The Wild Geese (1978) a movie? I thought it was a summer holiday." See more »

Goofs

During Witty's big action scene he cries out: "Come on you beauties, where are you?" Although that is the spoken line, the footage shows him, (partially concealed behind a bush), actually firing his weapon. The weapon sounds were removed from the brief footage and the dialogue inserted, but the gun-smoke and weapon shaking from the firing is visible. See more »

Quotes

Faulkner: What do I call you? SIR Edward?
Sir Edward Matherson: You do.
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Sammy's Theme
"Dance of Death"
Written and Performed by Jerry Donahue & Marc Donahue (as Jerry and Marc Donahue)
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The Mercenary and his Employer
12 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Africa has been the background setting for many an exciting film. In this story a powerful, but arrogant English lord and wealthy financier, (Stewart Granger) Sir Edward Matherson, hires, a professional Mecernary, Col. Allen Faulkner, (Richard Burton) to fly into Africa and rescue a popular but imprisoned African leader Julius Limbani. (Winston Ntshona) This action will threaten and force a ruthless, but established dictator to sign over his country's lucrative copper mining rights. To help Faulkner with his dangerous task, he calls on close military friends. Lt. Shawn Fynn, (Roger Moore), Capt. Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) Lt. Pieter Coetze, (Hardy Krüger) and Sagarent Major Sandy Young. (Jack Watson). Together, they plan, organize, train and secretly fly into the heart of enemy country. What they don't know is that Sir Edward Matherson will expect the dreaded and merciless "Simbas" to be more efficient than his hired men. Rarely does a dramatic, action packed film contain a simple subliminal message; that men of war can also be men of conscience seeking common bond and family life. A superb vehicle for Richard Burton. ****


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