Rent The Wild Geese (1978)

3.5 of 5 from 76 ratings
2h 13min
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Synopsis:
Colonel Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton) is secretly back in London to accept the task of reinstating an African leader deposed in a violent military coup, but without the combat skills of his two old friends, there isn't going to be a mission. With his two reliable loose cannons in place, Faulkner and the team enact a text book rescue operation but disaster is close at hand when the cynical multinational who set up the whole deal turns the tables, striking a new deal with the local despot which sees The Wild Geese trying to escape with their lives intact
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Euan Lloyd, Erwin C. Dietrich
Writers:
Reginald Rose, Daniel Carney
Studio:
Mosaic Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/05/2004
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore, "Last of the Gentleman Producers" Documentary
  • Footage of original Charity Premiere
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/10/2012
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Roger Moore, producer Euan Lloyd and second unit director John Glen World Premiere Newsreel Footage
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Wild Geese

A bunch of British mercenaries fight their way in and out of a Southern African nation - The Wild Geese review by PJ

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2020

Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), a former British Army colonel turned mercenary, arrives in London to meet a banker, Sir Edward Matheson. The latter proposes an operation to rescue Julius Limbani, the imprisoned President of a southern African nation who is due for execution by the country's current ruler. The film shows the preparation of the expedition and its unfolding, as well as its outcome and aftermath.

Thanks to the very good acting (there are several big names of 1970s British cinema, alongside R Burton) and the effective construction of the plot and its key characters, this is a very good and entertaining movie, which actually comes across as plausible in terms of its storyline. Ultimately, this is a man's world, where action and fighting predominate right through: this is a war film, in effect, adapted to the context of Africa in the post-colonial era.

The film is not a masterpiece, but it is very good. And the characters are not shallow or caricatural. I recommend it.

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