Wild Geese II

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A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.

ACTORS :  Scott Glenn, Barbara Carrera, Edward Fox

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1985

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.

This is a good film.

I saw this film just once in the mid eighties immediately after it’s release. For anyone mildly interested in the historical events of the ‘cold war’ era, it is an excellent example(without giving away any of the plot) of how the East and West used Hess as a pawn. Olivier as always, does a truly remarkable job portraying the latter day Hess. I could not imagine any other actor being able to portray him so convincingly, and with the usual attention Olivier paid to his visual appearance, he gives a first class performance which has remained in my memory some 17 years on. It left such a good impression on me that I have spent the last 15 years scanning the TV film pages for it – to no avail. Scott Glenn too returns a creditable performance, and Edward Fox steps into the shoes of Richard Burton quite seamlessly. Good story line for anyone with even a scant knowledge of modern history, and well directed. This film has never seemed to make it to the TV screens and I cannot understand why. Nor have I seen a video available in the UK. It is an excellent film, but probably not of much interest to the younger viewer who has no interest in the era and the history
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This is a highly underated film. For those of you who love Hard action films , this is perfect. Peter Hunt gives the procedings a no frills, lean and mean pace. He brilliantly captures the tough World the characters live in. I loved the first film, this isn’t as good but is entertaining enough. It is very much like ‘Who dares Wins’ in its uncinical approach to fast and heavy violence. The characters are not nice people so there is little love loss between them. Scott Glenn plays the lead Emotionless and I believe this is done on purpose.

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