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The Dogs of War (1980)

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Christopher Walken stars in John Irvin's graphic adaptation of Frederick Forsythe's novel about a mercenary sent to overthrow the government of an African country. Walken is Shannon, an American soldier of fortune who has staged incidents in Central America and Africa that helped topple governments. Shannon decides to take on one more mission when American businessman Endean (Hugh Millais), working for a large mining company wanting to move into an African country, hires Shannon to scout out the

Nov 20, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (4) | DVD (7)

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

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Long on plot and short on character.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

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

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A bonafide classic. Walken is terrific

October 26, 2008
Tsunami Magazine

The Dogs of War is a guilty pleasure that is now old enough it sometimes actually pops up on Turner Classic Movies.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Cry Havoc . . . and wake me up for the last 15 minutes. Not a bad film, but it is a bit of a mixed bag. I just wish that bag had held a higher body count.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.
August 30, 2013
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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!
August 8, 2006
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