The Dogs of War (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dogs of War (1980)




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Adapted from the Frederick Forsythe novel, this film focuses on a mercenary named Shannon, who is hired by a wealthy businessman to topple an African government. After an initial reconnaissance mission goes haywire, Shannon ends up in prison. A fellow inmate provides the information he needs to complete the mission.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Gary M. Devore, George Malko, Leonard Glasser, Gary de Vore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Christopher Walken
as Jamie Shannon
Robert Urquhart
as Capt. Lockhart
Winston Ntshona
as Dr. Okoye
Kelvin Thomas
as Black Boy
Shane Rimmer
as Dr. Oaks
Bruce McLane
as Shop Manager
George Harris
as Col. Bobi
David Schofield
as Endean's Man
Tony Mathews
as Bank Vice President
John Quentin
as Party Guest
Jack Lenoir
as Boucher
Martin LaSalle
as Customs Officer
Andre Penvern
as Policeman
Mario Sanchez
as Customs Officer
Maggie Scott
as Gabrielle
Hugh Quarshie
as Zangaron Officer
Olu Jacobs
as Customs Officer
Kenny Ireland
as Film Crew
Jim Broadbent
as Film Crew
Joanne Flanagan
as Godmother
Robert Berger
as Poker Player
William Cain
as Poker Player
Russell T. Carr
as Poker Player
Jose Rabelo
as Hotel Clerk
Victoria Tennant
as Dinner Party Guest
Erica Creer
as Dinner Party Guest
Sheila Ruskin
as Dinner Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Dogs of War

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

The Dogs of War can be recommended only as a desperate snack for rabid tastes.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is just another weary hack job from a rootless British film industry in decline.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Completing the tableau is the requisite whiff of Boy's Own Fascism, too diffuse to spoil our entertainment but tangible nevertheless.

Full Review… | August 2, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

Long on plot and short on character.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
People Magazine

[An] action film that will evaporate from the memory shortly after the end credits roll.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Dogs of War

It's an okay movie with good actors, but I was wanting to see more action, and this is mostly a dramatic film about life after the war. Felt like it could have had a better balance of those two. I was bored.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Classic and undderated! Noone gives this mercenary war movie enuff credit - it deserves heaps more! Christopher Walken is Shannon, the mercenary hired to subvert a small African nation for high paying executives - until his encounter as a prisoner and his morality takes charge in his firestorm war against the totalitarian government. WONDERFUL!

Khris N

Super Reviewer

Fair to above average film, good performances, especially JoBeth Williams, but it never rises much above ordinary. Well produced with a reasonably interesting story. Watchable but not particularly memorable.

James Higgins

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