The Wild Geese

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Overview

The plot of this of this adaptation of the Daniel Carney's novel, sprinkled throughout a series of extended Sam Peckinpah-inspired action sequences, deals with a collection of mercenary toughguys -- Colonel Allen Faulkner Richard Burton, Lieutenant Shawn Fynn Roger Moore, Rafer Janders Richard Harris, Pieter Coetzee Hardy Kruger -- who are hired to parachute into the African bush country and abscond with deposed African president Julius Limbani Winston Ntshona and reinstall him as a reigning monarch of an African...
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Overview

The plot of this of this adaptation of the Daniel Carney's novel, sprinkled throughout a series of extended Sam Peckinpah-inspired action sequences, deals with a collection of mercenary toughguys -- Colonel Allen Faulkner Richard Burton, Lieutenant Shawn Fynn Roger Moore, Rafer Janders Richard Harris, Pieter Coetzee Hardy Kruger -- who are hired to parachute into the African bush country and abscond with deposed African president Julius Limbani Winston Ntshona and reinstall him as a reigning monarch of an African country, to satisfy British mercantile interests. The action sequences were successful enough to spawn a sequel -- appropriately titled Wild Geese II.
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Special Features

"Last of the Gentleman Producers" documentary; Star War: the making of Wild Geese; Wild Geese audio commentary with sir Roger Moore; Star studded charity premiere newsreel; Original radio spots; Star biographies; Stills gallery; Original theatrical trailers; Liner notes; Interactive combat menu
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This wonderfully cast and delightfully offbeat caper film blends comedy, pathos, high adventure, and thrills into a package that will delight most unsuspecting viewers. Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Stewart Granger, and Hardy Kruger star in this tale of aging mercenaries on a mission, adapted by Reginald Rose from Daniel Carney’s story and directed with a sure hand by British journeyman Andrew V. McLaglen. The tale follows a predictable course but contains just enough surprises and changes of tone to keep viewers interested. The titular characters parachute into the African jungle to find a recently deposed ruler and reinstate him on behalf of British business interests. It’s interesting to see Roger Moore -- at that time, the screen’s reigning James Bond -- plying his trade outside of that series; when he takes out Mafia thugs in London an operation that has nothing to do with the principal story line, you’ll swear he’s still acting for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. However, you would never hear 007 swearing up a storm the way these old salts do, and a Bond movie would never feature the kind of drawn-out and bloody action sequences found here. But that's what you want from rousing entertainment like this. They weren't the Tame Geese, after all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 844628010160
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Source: Tango Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,265

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Col. Allen Faulkner
Roger Moore Lt. Shawn Flynn
Richard Harris Rafer Janders
Hardy Kruger Peter Coetzee
Stewart Granger Sir Edward Matherson
Jack Watson RSM Sandy Young
Winston Ntshona Julous Lambani
John Kani Jesse
Kenneth Griffith Witty
Barry Foster Balfour
Jeff Corey Mr. Martin
Ronald Fraser Jock
Ian Yule Tosh
Brook Williams Samuels
Percy Herbert Keith
Patrick Allen Rushton
Glyn Baker Esposito
Rosalind Lloyd Heather
Jane Hylton Mrs. Young
David Ladd Sonny
Paul Spurrier Emile
Christopher Chittell Philips
Graham Clark Gennaro
Joseph Cotten
Clive Curtis Randolf
Frank Finlay The Priest
Ken Gampu Alexander
Jazzer Jeyes Jones
George Leech Stone
Valerie Leon
Len Sparrowhawk Slate
Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Joan Armatrading Songwriter
Bob Bell Art Director
Roy Budd Score Composer
Sidney Cain Production Designer
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Gordon Everett Sound/Sound Designer
John Glen Editor
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Euan Lloyd Producer
Reginald Rose Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wild Geese
1. Wild Geese [8:21]
2. Payback [11:04]
3. Round Up [7:28]
4. Briefing [7:32]
5. Roll Call [8:10]
6. Ethics [8:46]
7. Take Off [6:57]
8. Storm [11:52]
9. Iron Man [6:35]
10. Ambush [7:10]
11. Talk [5:59]
12. Combat [7:27]
13. Hanging On [8:44]
14. Escape [8:32]
15. Spirit [14:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Wild Geese
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Extras
      The Last of the Gentleman Producers
      Wild Geese Premiere Footage
      Stars' War (The Flight of the Wild Geese)
      Radio Spot
      Star Biographies
         Sir Roger Moore
         Richard Burton
         Andrew V. McLaglen
      Commentary: Actor Sir Roger Moore, Producer Euan Lloyd and Journalist Jonathan Sothcott
      Trailer
      Interactive Combat Menu
         Grenade 1
         Grenade 2
         Grenade 3
         Grenade 4
         Grenade 5
         Bazooka
         Crossbow 1
         Crossbow 2
         Missile Strike
         Knife in the Chest
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly a classic

    Action-adventure at its best...and even better yet, the background is loosely based on true events. The kidnapping of Moise Tshombe from the Congo/Zaire/Katanga province in the 1960s provides the backdrop in this film for the attempt to re-instate an African leader to rule his country. All-star cast with an appropriate cynical outlook on world/political events.

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