The Wild Geese 1978


Producer Euan Lloyd pursued his dream of making great British action movies through the 70’s and 80’s with some success, notably this boisterous romp about a group of mercenaries in Africa. Hired on dubious grounds by Sir Edward Matherson (Stewart Granger), The Geese parachute into Rhodesia to rescue president Julius Limbani. Doublecrossed and left for dead, it’s left to the mercenaries to fight their way out. Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris are amongst the soldiers of fortune, and after a patient build-up, The Wild Geese delivers plenty of explosions, one-liners and some interesting political discussions. Well filmed by Andrew McLaglan from Reginald Rose’s script, based on Daniel Carney’s book, The Wild Geese features big names and big action, old school style.


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