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The Dogs of War ()


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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

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Jamie Shannon
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Drew
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North
Hugh Millais ...
Endean
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Derek
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Michel (as Jean François Stevenin)
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Jessie
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Capt. Lockhart
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Dr. Okoye
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The Captain (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Harlan Cary Poe ...
Richard
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Terry
Isabel Grandin ...
Evelyn
Ernest Graves ...
Warner
Kelvin Thomas ...
The Black Boy
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Dr. Oaks
Joseph Konrad ...
Priest (as Father Joseph Konrad)
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Shop Manager
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Col. Bobi (as George W. Harris)
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Endean's Man
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Hackett
Tony Mathews ...
Bank Vice President
John Quentin ...
Party Guest
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Benny Lambert
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Baker
Jack Lenoir ...
Boucher
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Policeman (as Andre Penvern)
Lawrence Davidson ...
Policeman
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Customs Officer (as Martin La Salle)
Maggie Scott ...
Gabrielle
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Zangaron Officer
Olu Jacobs ...
Customs Officer
Gyearbuor Asante ...
Geoffrey (as Christopher Asante)
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Dexter
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Jinja
Kenny Ireland ...
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Film Crew
André Toffel ...
Priest (as Andre Toffel)
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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)
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Dinner Party Guest
Erica Creer ...
Dinner Party Guest
Sheila Ruskin ...
Dinner Party Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Beckwith ...
Mercenary (uncredited)
Mason Cardiff ...
Boy in Station (uncredited)
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Long Shoreman (uncredited)
Angel Ramirez Jr. ...
Beggar (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Irvin

Written by

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Gary DeVore ... (screenplay) and
George Malko ... (screenplay)
 
Frederick Forsyth ... (novel)

Produced by

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Larry DeWaay ... producer
Norman Jewison ... executive producer
Patrick J. Palmer ... executive producer (as Patrick Palmer)

Music by

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Geoffrey Burgon

Cinematography by

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Jack Cardiff ... director of photography

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Antony Gibbs

Editorial Department

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Terry Busby ... assistant editor
Peter Honess ... assistant editor

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Peter Mullins

Art Direction by

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Bert Davey
John Siddall

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Emma Porteous

Makeup Department

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Ramon Gow ... hairdresser
Richard Mills ... makeup artist
Neville Smallwood ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Lois Kramer Hartwick ... unit production manager: New York (as Lois Hartwick)
Ted Lloyd ... production supervisor

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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

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Roy Carnon ... illustrator
Fred Carter ... set dresser
Harry Cordwell ... set dresser
Tony Graysmark ... construction manager
Dave Jordan ... property master
John Roberts ... lead scenic
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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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

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Jay Amor ... utility stunts
John Ashby ... stunts
Alex Brown ... stunts
Lincoln McSweeney ... stunts
Marc Mercury ... stunt player
Roy Scammell ... stunts
Eddie Smith ... stunts
Eddie Stacey ... stunt coordinator: Europe
Marvin Walters ... stunt coordinator: Africa
Ray Woodfork ... stunts

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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

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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

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Keith Denny ... wardrobe master

Location Management

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Peter Bennett ... location manager (as Peter D. Bennett)
John Downes ... location manager
Terry Needham ... location manager

Other crew

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Barbara Allen ... production coordinator
Pamela Allen ... assistant to producer
Yvonne Axeworthy ... script supervisor (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Charles Cannon ... production accountant
Cassian Elwes ... production assistant
Gregory Palmer ... production assistant
Mike Russell ... unit publicist
Alan Beckwith ... stand-in: Christopher Walken (uncredited)
Jeremy Coote ... production runner (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Jamie Shannon is a soldier of fortune -- a mercenary who will stage a coup or a revolution for the right price. He is hired by British mining interests to scout out Zangaro, a small African nation with rich mineral deposits but a brutal and xenophobic dictatorship. Arrested soon after his arrival, Shannon is imprisoned as a spy, badly beaten, and tortured. While in prison he meets one of the country's leading intellectuals, Dr. Okoye, also imprisoned by the regime. Eventually released, he returns to London and is subsequently offered to opportunity to secretly invade Zangaro's capital and lead a military coup. Shannon accepts, but quietly has his own agenda to pursue. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Cry 'Havoc!' And Let Slip The Dogs Of War See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les chiens de guerre (France)
  • Die Hunde des Krieges (Germany)
  • Los perros de la guerra (Spain)
  • Savas Köpekleri (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Los perros de la guerra (Mexico)
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Trivia While researching the novel in the early 1970s, author Frederick Forsyth pretended he was actually financing a coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea. The pretense allowed Forsyth access to a number of underworld figures, including mercenaries and arms dealers. Forsyth has since commented that the arms dealers were the most frightening people he has ever met. See more »
Goofs The original Manville Gun was designed in 1935 by Charles Manville as a 12gauge multi-barrel shotgun (24 shot capacity). However, the XM-18 in DOW is based on an updated 1936 design as a 25mm grenade launcher with an 18 shot capacity (hence the "18" in XM-18). The movie version was still considerably more powerful than WWII era 25mm grenades were capable of. Unable to interest the military in his design, Manville's company stopped making the weapon. Ironically, in the early 1980's, the movie Dogs of War served to generate some interest from the military. Utilizing updated manufacturing processes and materials, the XM-18 type grenade launcher has actually seen some military service as a 25mm (18 shot) or 40mm (12 shot) grenade launcher. It is used by US Special Forces as well as some South American and African countries. With a range of between 150-350 meters, and with modern explosive technology, the 25mm grenade is fully capable of causing as much or more damage as was portrayed in the film. The 40mm grenade version uses the same projectile as is used in the Mk 19 grenade launcher which is widely used in the US Army. The current manufacturer is the Hawk Engineering Company who makes it under the designation MM-1. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries See more »
Quotes Michel: [raising his glass in a toast] Vive la mort ! Vive la guerre ! Vive le sacré mercenaire !
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