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The Wild Geese

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6.72 h 8 min197815
A British industrialist recruits mercenaries to rescue a deposed African leader who's going to be executed by a military despot. But his reasons aren't altruistic, all he cares about is his business.
Directors
Andrew V. McLaglen
Starring
Richard BurtonRoger MooreHardy Kruger
Genres
SuspenseAction
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None Available
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Richard HarrisStewart GrangerFrank FinlayJeff CoreyKenneth Griffith
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2001 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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rob stirlingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Maybe cringe worthy today but who cares.
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Action by the shed load, plus a bit of political intrigue, plus superb stereotype roles for Burton, Harris, Moore and Kruger in the lead roles, plus a host of British bit part character actors in the support roles.
Some would balk at some very un-pc stuff in the film but I for one just love, nay drool, over this kind of free flowing entertainment, like 'Where Eagles Dare', 'The Guns Of Navarone', 'Cross Of Iron'............
One complaint----- no English subtitles, but the film is so profoundly a 1970's epoch I can't steal a star away. And, to be sure, made in the days when you could recognize actors who didn't wear camouflage make-up and steel helmets in war films to obscure their identities ('Black Hawk Down' --- how many well known 'faces' did I miss in that?).
The geek in me offers you this ----- the sons of two iconic greats have minor appearances as 'wild geese' : David Ladd and Glyn Baker, whose dads were Alan and Stanley and were no strangers to appearing in the odd classic themselves.
15 people found this helpful
BM2662Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Super action movie
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Richard Burton made a trio of movies one after the other late in his career.
The Medusa Touch, Equus and the wild geese are all outstanding.
Maybe the wild geese is the best of the trio.
The blu Ray transfer is excellent with natural colours and accurate lighting.
The plot is well known and contains an assortment of stereotypes that can may you cringe at times.
Thankfully the sum of the movie is better than its parts and everything fits together beautifully.
The political correct brigade will probably be horrified by the movie. That's only to expected when people take movies like this too seriously and don't like having fun.
The wild geese has a great cast of aging legends and household names from a bygone age.
That only increases one pleasure when watching an essential action movie such as the wild geese
19 people found this helpful
Neil ArgueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, great transfer but don't bother with the director's commentary...
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The film is excellent as always and the print is crisp and clear. Be warned though, the commentary from Euan Lloyd is terrible. He blathers on and on about getting the rights to the film and even the flight down, with no regard to what is happening on screen. Roger Moore occasionally interjects with the odd trivia gem or story but mostly the director just waffles on and on. I say waffles but he actually sounds like he is reading.

I know commentaries are not to everyone's liking but this one is a real shame, considering the actors in it. It could have been fascinating.
10 people found this helpful
ThrillascribblaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... times but this remains a solid actioner with a sturdy cast. Burton and Harris had to assure producers ...
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The politics may be dodgy at times but this remains a solid actioner with a sturdy cast. Burton and Harris had to assure producers and insurers that they would lay off the sauce while filming - and they did. More or less. It's exciting stuff, all the better for no CGI. Roy Budd's score is rousing and it's good to see so many old bit players in the squad, keeping their end up, as it were. I may now seek out the follow up (not sequel) The Sea Wolves.
7 people found this helpful
MarkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A real gem.
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Great mercenary action movie with a superb cast (not sure how successful it was back in the day but it should have been a blockbuster)....never tire of watching it and happy to have a blu ray version in my collection,they don't make movies like this anymore.
16 people found this helpful
Liam McArdleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good film bad transfer
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This is a film I have always enjoyed so I decided to buy it on blu-ray. Big mistake. It looks like a dvd version was transferred to blu-ray with no tweaking. The quality of the film is very inconsistent. Several scenes look out of focus. If you have the dvd version don't bother with this one.
5 people found this helpful
RonnieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Action galore!
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I saw this film when it was first released, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Viewed this movie last night, and yet again, felt a similar excitement re-watching it. Good storyline, great acting by the main characters, and realistic shooting in South Africa. Time well spent.
2 people found this helpful
James BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classicc cast, epic kitch
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Such we’re the hell-raising reputations of this cast, Burton , Harris and Moore to the fore, that the director had to take out extra insurance and factor in curfews and other clauses. But somehow they completed this mercenary classic which is thoroughly entertaining and quietly camp. Love be it. Don’t make ‘em like this any more, sadly.
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