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The Wild Geese (1978)


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Release Date: Nov 11, 1978 Wide



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The plot of this of this adaptation of the Daniel Carney's novel, sprinkled throughout a series of extended Sam Peckinpah-inspired action sequences, deals with a collection of mercenary toughguys -- Colonel Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), Lieutenant Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), Rafer Janders (Richard Harris), Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Kruger) -- who are hired to parachute into the African bush country and abscond with deposed African president Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona) and reinstall him as a

Sep 27, 2005

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When you're in the mood for a high-caliber, top-notch Brit action film, you can't do much better than "The Wild Geese".

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It's hard to take The Wild Geese seriously, it is instead purely enjoyed as both a nostalgia trip and an example of 'it shouldn't be half as fun as it is'. I say that because of the obvious attempt at trying to give an anti-racist message, making the film acceptable when it is in fact not just racist but homophobic and sexist too. It's a sign of the times for sure. It is both fun and completely ridiculous to watch these aged men act like what have to be the worst mercenaries the world has ever seen. They do a really crap job of it as well, it's pretty laughable throughout even considering its age. It does have some cracking lines in it;

Faulkner: I'm dry when I work.
Sir Edward Matherson: Yes, so I've heard.
Faulkner: There's a separate clause in my contract that says my liver is to be buried separately with honors.
Sir Edward Matherson: I'm not a very humorous man.
Faulkner: So I've noticed.

It would have been a much better film had they just taken it all a little less seriously.
December 6, 2013

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A big, spectacular and explosive good time for two hours. It's smart, very funny and loaded with non-stop action. A classic action movie that you cant help but love. It's a thrilling and endlessly enjoyable British version of The Expendables. It's packed with action, humor, and a large list of British stars that all delivers the goods. I loved this film. Richard Harris, Roger Moore and Richard Burton are excellent together, they are the perfect combo of wit, attitude and heart. Movies like this are rarely made anymore but its nice to look back and see where our heroes of today were inspired from our heroes of back in the day.
February 12, 2013

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Wild Bunch vibe, with a british flavour. In many ways this has the soul and form that was lacking in The Expendables. British people truly are more badass by default.
September 11, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An action war thriller which takes the best parts of the Dirty Dozen, the Dogs of War and others and rolls them into this hectic flick with more than a touch of style and throw in a star leading cast and yep, it works!

One of the best war action movies Ive seen, they sure dont make them as they used to! Meet the Wild Geese, a mercenary group hired to rescue an exiled African president for a British CEO whose interests lie in the Presidents country's copper mines, an obvious plot of treachery and deception afoot. But when things go astray, the Wild Geese decide if they are going to die, they will die hurting those who betrayed them where it hurts - and crossing these men will come at a high price as the CEO and the African dictators' army will find out the hard way.

Its smart, a great script, some great humor and near realistic action scenes, its not a movie with all the huff and fluff of Hollywood, but a geunine near reality based movie, so no fancy computer imagery or such, just nice raw cinema at its best.

Yep, defintley a war movie to watch!
January 14, 2008
Khris N

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