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Dog Soldiers (2002)

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

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Neil Marshall

Writer:

Neil Marshall
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Complete credited cast:
Sean Pertwee ... Wells
Kevin McKidd ... Cooper
Emma Cleasby ... Megan
Liam Cunningham ... Ryan
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Bruce
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... Spoon
Chris Robson Chris Robson ... Joe
Leslie Simpson Leslie Simpson ... Terry
Tina Landini Tina Landini ... Camper
Craig Conway ... Camper
Villrikke's Acer Villrikke's Acer ... Sam the Dog
Bryn Walters Bryn Walters ... Werewolf
Ben Wright ... Werewolf
Brian Claxton Payne Brian Claxton Payne ... Werewolf
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Storyline

A British Squad is sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Ignoring the childish "campfire" stories heard about the area, they continue with their mission and come across the bloody remains of the Special Ops Squad, and a fierce howling is pitching the night sky... With two mortally wounded men, they make an escape, running into a zoologist by the name of Megan - who knows exactly what hunts them. What began as what they thought was a training mission turns into a battle for their lives against the most unlikely enemies they would have expected - werewolves. Written by Dismal Angel

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Imagine you're leading a six man squad on a routine army exercise.... ....and it all goes horribly wrong.... See more »


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Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Sean Pertwee asked Neil Marshall if he could have a few drinks before shooting the scene where his character, Sgt. Wells, gets drunk and bandaged up, and the director said yes. "I don't know how many 'a few' was, but it's way more authentic drunk acting than you often get in movies, so I was happy with that." See more »

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Set in a forest at night but shafts of sunlight shine through the trees. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Harry Wells: [drunk] Is it your birthday, Coop?
Cooper: No, mate.
Sergeant Harry Wells: Is it my birthday? Hey, hey!
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Referenced in Diminishing Returns: Ghostbusters (2016) See more »

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Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy
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On careful consideration - pretty much the best werewolf film ever.
12 September 2004 | by Billius44See all my reviews

Why is Aliens the best action SF film ever? One of the reasons is because James Cameron took the time to build up the characters in the squad to the point where you actually cared when the grunts started to get shredded.

Dog Soldiers does exactly the same, and features some great Brit dialogue to boot.

The region 2 DVD features an extra commentary not found on the Region 1 DVD - basically this consists of the director, the co-producer, Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham getting hammered on Stella Artois and producing a brilliantly funny commentary which sounds like a bunch of mates getting drunk while watching the movie. Which was exactly what it was, except that this particular bunch of mates actually made the movie. Genius!!! Liam Cunningham - spectacularly stiff upper-lipped and evil in the film - turns out to be a very droll Irishman with the gift of the gab. "The Uamhunn.... The Uamhunn....."

One of the film's strengths is its gritty portrayal of British infantry in action, both in word and deed. I particularly enjoyed the cast commenting on how much they relished dumping those "crappy plastic guns" (the SA-80s the squad carries at the start) and getting a chance to charge about with MP5s. As Kevin McKidd put it: "So, you want me to run about the woods with a machine-gun, firing it all over the place. And I get PAID for this?!!"


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Country:

UK | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Soldiers See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,537,283
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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