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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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Colonel Allen Faulkner
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Lt. Shawn Fynn
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Capt. Rafer Janders
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Lt. Pieter Coetzee (as Hardy Kruger)
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Sir Edward Matherson
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President Julius Limbani
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Sgt. Jesse Link
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R.S.M. Sandy Young
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Father Geoghagen
Kenneth Griffith ...
Arthur Witty
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Thomas Balfour
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Jock McTaggart
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Tosh Donaldson
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Rushton
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Heather
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Sonny Martinelli
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Emile Janders
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Mr. Martin
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Samuels
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Keith
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Esposito
Sydney Chama ...
Clark
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Alexander
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Mrs. Marjorie Young
Taks Senekal ...
East German Officer
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East German Officer
Terry Wells ...
Cuban Officer
Joe Cole ...
Derek
Fats Bookholane ...
Tribal Elder
John Alderson ...
Randy
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Anonymous Man
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Skyjacker
Robert Cunningham ...
Man on Aircraft
John Dennison ...
Matherson's butler
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Col. Mboya
Jules Walter ...
Mboya's ADC
Fred Bryant ...
Baronet Club manager
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1st Girl Dealer
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Sonny's Girlfriend
Jeannie Collings ...
Sonny's Girlfriend (as Joanna Collings)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Abraham ...
Carpenter (uncredited)
Rod Campbell ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
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Philips (uncredited)
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Body double (uncredited)
Graham Clarke ...
Gennaro (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
Richard Cox ...
Skyjacker 3 (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ...
Randolf (uncredited)
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Girl at Party (uncredited)
Bryan Davis ...
Hercules Pilot (uncredited)
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Mercenary (uncredited)
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Skyjacker 2 (uncredited)
Ryno Hattingh ...
Finchley (uncredited)
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Egyptian Girl Flirting with Faulkner (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes ...
Jones (uncredited)
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Stone (uncredited)
Harry Magnus ...
Williams (uncredited)
Solly Marx ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
Tullio Moneta ...
Tall Mercenary (uncredited)
Maia Newley ...
Girl at Party (uncredited)
Andre Parnell ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
Greg Powell ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
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Hitman at Club (uncredited)
Chris Scott ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Slate (uncredited)
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Cavendish (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
Peter Terry ...
Mercenary (uncredited)

Directed by

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Andrew V. McLaglen

Written by

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Reginald Rose ... (screenplay)
 
Daniel Carney ... (novel "The Wild Geese")

Produced by

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Chris Chrisafis ... associate producer
Erwin C. Dietrich ... producer
Euan Lloyd ... producer
Douglas Netter ... co-producer

Music by

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Roy Budd

Cinematography by

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Jack Hildyard ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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John Glen

Editorial Department

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John Grover ... assembly editor

Casting By

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Rose Tobias Shaw

Production Design by

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Syd Cain

Art Direction by

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Bob Bell

Makeup Department

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Ron Berkeley ... makeup artist
Paul Engelen ... makeup artist
Richard Mills ... makeup artist
Neville Smallwood ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Harold Buck ... production supervisor
Norman Foster ... production manager
Ray Freeborn ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Derek Cracknell ... assistant director
John Glen ... second unit director
Raymond Becket ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Simon Wakefield ... set director
Maurice Cain ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson ... stand-by props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dino Di Campo ... sound editor
Gordon Everett ... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer
Colin Miller ... sound editor
Allan Sones ... sound editor
Richard Hymns ... sound editor: making of doc "Stars' War The Flight of the Wild Geese" (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Kit West ... special effects
Nick Allder ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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B.H. Barry ... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren ... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon ... stunts (uncredited)
Martin Grace ... stunt double: Hardy Krüger (uncredited) / stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited) / stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon ... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes ... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech ... stunts (uncredited)
Solly Marx ... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Richards ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb ... stunts (uncredited)
Ian Yule ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Graham Attwood ... stills photographer
James Bawden ... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
Tony Braun ... special photography
John Fenner ... gaffer
Dudley Lovell ... second unit cameraman/operator
Robin Wilter ... associate gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elsa Fennell ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Ray Freeborn ... location manager
Edward Eagle ... location assistant (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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June Randall ... continuity

Other crew

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Ronnie Bear ... production liaison
Maurice Binder ... main title designed by
Karl Breyer ... the photograph of Moise Tshombe seen in the main titles of this picture was taken by
Richard Charter ... parachute jump master
Brian Doyle ... publicist
Scot Finch ... production associate
Dick Hilland ... flying sequences and aerial adviser
Mike Hoare ... military & technical adviser (as Col. Mike Hoare)
Ron Mull ... caterer
Maureen Newman ... production accountant
Bob Simmons ... action arranger
Barbara Back ... production assistant (uncredited)
Guy J. Louthan ... production assistant (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs ... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot 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 Richard Young

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Dogs of War. The Best Damn Mercenaries in the Business! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les oies sauvages (France)
  • Die Wildgänse kommen (Germany)
  • Patos salvajes (Spain)
  • Qazhaye vahshi (Iran, Persian title)
  • I 4 dell'oca selvaggia (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Richard Burton hated the screenplay and the process of filming the actual movie. One day he told BBC correspondent John Simpson, "If Elizabeth would have me back, I'd leave this s----y film and this ghastly heat right now and charter a plane to go wherever she was. But it's the old thing: can't live with her, can't live without her. But I adore Elizabeth, and I always will." See more »
Goofs During the Medical Orderly's final scene he runs out of ammo for his Uzi. The weapon, however, doesn't click once but three times which is impossible with a real weapon. All of the three clicks were added post production to enhance the fact to the audience that Witty ran out of ammo. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Wild Geese/A Dream of Passion/Goin' Coconuts/Slow Dancing in the Big City/Violette (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Flight of the Wild Geese See more »
Quotes [as the enemy attacks]
Esposito: We're dead!
RSM Sandy Young: Esposito, you're not dead until I TELL you you're dead.
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