During World War I, a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur, and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battlecruiser, which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.
Rod Slater is the newly appointed General Manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the ... See full summary »
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
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A seventeenth century Irish mercenary Army, named The Wild Geese, provided the inspiration for this film's title. The losing side of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 (the toppling of King James the 2nd by his son-in-law/nephew William of Orange and daughters Queen Mary and Queen Anne resulting in parliamentary democracy, the Act of Toleration, Bill of Rights and constitutional monarchy) they were offered amnesty on condition of leaving the British Isles as part of the Treaty of Limerick. Whilst departing they saw a flight of wild geese heading south for the winter and adopted them as their emblem, subsequently hiring themselves out as a mercenary army to the highest bidder. 1960s mercenary leader 'Mad' Mike Hoare would later adopt the symbol of the wild geese as the emblem of his mercenary soldiers serving in the Congo. See more »
During the final battle, hundreds of shooters fire thousands of rounds at each other, yet not a single person is seen reloading. See more »
Lt. Shawn Fynn:
[referring to the radio callsigns for his men and for their transport aircraft]
Iron Man,Wild Goose! Sounds like a finger up a tin man's backside,doesn't it?
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NBC edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »
It is not often a producer has the chance to thank his critics in this form. I do so now. The blood-sweat and tears that went into the making of THE WILD GEESE is all forgotten. Appreciation of one's endeavors of some 25 years ago, thanks to DVD, is gratefully received. The Zone 1 version is yet to appear, the lateness due to sloppy distribution. To answer questions about the film's very limited theatrical release in the United States and Canada in 1978, this was due solely to the financial collapse of its distributor, Allied Artists. Chapter II was applied and, to my disgust, it failed to reach many theaters. However, the NBC Network and HBO aired the movie with great success. Euan Lloyd.
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