During World War I, a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur, and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battlecruiser, which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.
A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader.Written by
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In the first scene with Captain Rafer Janders (Sir Richard Harris), his son, Emile, is seen working briefly on a model car. The kit is of a Mercedes Benz Model 1906 roadster, made by Bandai. See more »
During the Medical Orderly's final scene he runs out of ammo for his Uzi.
The weapon, however, doesn't click once but three times which is impossible with a real weapon.
All of the three clicks were added post production to enhance the fact to the audience that Witty ran out of ammo. See more »
RSM Sandy Young:
There's your killing ground. Take Tosh and four other men and set up a field of fire. Rafer and I will go deep around and take them in the flank.
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NBC edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »
A splendid old-fashioned action film, with all concerned giving it their best shot.
A few people have objected to the average age of the actors in this film, from Burton to Kenneth Griffiths - but they don't seem to realise that the age of these mercernaries is the point. The Wild Geese is about a generation of men who demobbed from the Army after the Second World War, were unable to make peace work, and who sold their services as soldiers in the world's troublespots to the highest bidder. The late 1970's would have been the time of life that their age at last compromised their work, and the film is a recognition of the last of them.
For me this film is like a beloved childhood toy, kept and never forgotten - when it aired recently on television I just didn't want it to end.
Brilliant, gloriously sentimental and the anti-thesis of PC. 10/10
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