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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Jamie Shannon

as Capt. Lockhart

as Dr. Okoye

as Black Boy

as Dr. Oaks

as Shop Manager

as Endean's Man

as Hackett

as Bank Vice President

as Party Guest

as Benny Lambert

as Boucher

as Policeman

as Zangaron Officer

as Customs Officer

as Jinja

as Film Crew

as Film Crew

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Hotel Clerk

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Dogs of War

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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

A bonafide classic. Walken is terrific

October 26, 2008
Tsunami Magazine

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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