The Wild Geese

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A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

ACTORS :  Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1978

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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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.

Last Hurrah

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.

Great

This is one great film, all the cast are wonderful, especially Frank Finley as a local Priest…Moore, Burton, Harris, Kruger, all work well together…Jack Watson is very good as the RSM Once there was a TV show on bloopers in films, in this one when Ronald Fraser comes into the control tower to tell Burton that the plane coming in, he trips and they did it 4 times before he did not trip, all the actors were in stitches, also when Kenneth Griffith falls victim to the Simbas they are all using machetes, but there is not one drop of blood on any of these long knives. The action comes thick and fast and does not stagnate at all, there is no love interest the spoil the action this is one dam good film and l recommend it to everyone and give it 10 out of 10

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