The Dogs of War


The Dogs of War (1980)



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Adapted from the Frederick Forsythe novel, Dogs of War focuses on a mercenary named Shannon (Christopher Walken), who is hired by a wealthy businessman to topple a small African government. An initial reconnaissance mission goes haywire, however, and Shannon ends up in prison; A fellow inmate, renowned as a freedom fighter, provides the information he needs to complete the mission.

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Critic Reviews for The Dogs of War

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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

Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Walken has rarely delivered such an earthy, physical performance, and his character gives as well as he takes.

Apr 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Long on plot and short on character.

Sep 29, 2012 | Full Review…

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
Aj V

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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!

Khris N
Khris N

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