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 terrain of the country and see if the government is weak enough to be overthrown. Shannon assumes the guise of a photographer for a nature magazine and travels through the country, meeting a wide-array of people. But the government becomes suspicious of Shannon and throws him in jail, where, between torture sessions, he meets an imprisoned dissident leader. Through his imprisonment, Shannon comes to understand more fully the struggles of the African country. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for The Dogs of War
This is just another weary hack job from a rootless British film industry in decline.
Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role.
[An] action film that will evaporate from the memory shortly after the end credits roll.
A bonafide classic. Walken is terrific
The Dogs of War is a guilty pleasure that is now old enough it sometimes actually pops up on Turner Classic Movies.
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.More
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!More
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