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The Wild Geese (1978) [Blu-ray]

Richard Burton , Roger Moore , Andrew V , McLaglen    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger, Stewart Granger
  • Directors: Andrew V, McLaglen, Produced by Euan Lloyd
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TVT5LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,876 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One Last Pay Day... One More Chance To Die!

Legendary hell-raisers Richard Burton and Richard Harris, along with a coolly detached Roger Moore are aging mercenaries with a taste for fine liquor, drawn together for a late but extremely lucrative pay day in The Wild Geese, an African adventure soaked in booze, gunfire and bloodshed.

Colonel Allen Faulkner (Burton) is secretly back in London to accept the task of reinstating an African leader deposed in a violent military coup, but without the combat skills of his two old friends, there isn t going to be a mission. With his two reliable loose cannons in place, Faulkner and the team enact a text book rescue operation but disaster is close at hand when the cynical multinational who set up the whole deal turns the tables, striking a new deal with the local despot which sees The Wild Geese trying to escape with their lives intact.

The Wild Geese are ready for one last mission so finish your drinks and relive this classic old school British action adventure today.

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Riproaring Blood and Guts Action --Variety

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a great movie, the kind of "oldie but goldie" which is worth to be rediscovered many years after the first viewing.

It has a good and smart story, very good action scenes which impress even today, 30 years after and last but not least, a STELLAR casting. Just count - Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Stewart Granger and Harry Kruger, in all five stars. And then Jack Watson, a less known actor, who plays Master Sergeant Sandy Young - and with his size and his face he is simply the perfect incarnation of sergeant masterdom.

The story describes a rescue operation in a fictif African country - a major mining company wants to save an imprisoned African leader, hoping that once he seizes the power he will give them favourable terms on mining concession. The story is very similar to the archifamous Frederick Forsythe's novel "Dogs of War". This movie is however much much better than the adaptation of "Dogs of war" with Christopher Walken, especially because, although quite tragic, it has also quite a lot of hilarious moments and one-liners, many of them delivered by the homosexual medic serving in the unit.

A very good British war/adventure film, to discover or rediscover.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original expendables ! 20 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For those old enough to remember, "The Wild Geese" was a staple of video shops back in the early 80's. I remember the big thick hard plastic case adorning the thick shelving of my local video store and rented it solely coz Roger Moore was in it. What followed was 100 mins of good ole british film making at it's best with some of it's finest thespians and ruffians put together to rescue an african leader who's been kidnapped by an african dictator. Double crossing,action,racism,a touching father and son relationship, it's all here, hell it even has Roger Moore force feeding a bag of heroin into a drug dealer! What more can you ask for!

If you're a fan of the Expendables movies then this might be up your ally? Ok so Richard Burton and Richard Harris were never action stars per see, but they're pretty tough for men in their 50's and although Roger Moore was in the middle of his tenure as James Bond when this was made, he had just turned 50 when this went into production, he brings his light hearted charm to an otherwise serious action film.

It's not upto par with action films these days,those under 18 might wonder what the fuss is all about, it's still a rollicking romp with a good story and decent acting ( something you can't accuse The Expendables movies of!)

Arrows 1080p picture is fine if not amazing, some have criticised this for being below par and i admit it's not the best looking blu ra around but it's definitely an improvement on the DVD quality. The DTS 2.0 s/track is also good and weighty.

The extra features include a commentary track with Roger Moore,producer Euan Lloyd and 2nd unit director John Glen who also worked as editor and Director on the Bond movies.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Geese 14 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
having seen the film many times and been a "security" type for many years, I feel my comments are justified, especialy if I was to make a content entry!! However, take a film with so many legendry British stars, whether they be "A" or "B" type stars and put them in to a ground breaking storyline, and you are in for a real treat. Burton and Harris are brilliant and believable, as is Jack Watson's RSM. Moore is still too suave but Krugger's South African's banter with Limbani, is still a high point. I don't think you will ever witness a film with so much British talent, at thier acting best, ever again. It is a must watch and must have film with out a shadow of a doubt!!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of British Movie History 25 July 2005
Format:DVD
'The Wild Geese' is one of my favourite films and I watch it at least a couple of times a year. I first saw at the cinema when it was released, I loved it then, and it never fails to delight me now. Firstly, as I point out in the title of this review, it is a piece of cinema history, bringing together three giants of the British cinema in the 70s & 80s - Burton, Moore & Harris. Secondly, it is a cracking film in its own right. It never flags, has plenty of action, humour and most of all it just is such a good representation of the late 70s - Concorde, mercenaries, perms, you name it, it's got it. It's 'The Professionals' territory: shady government departments, shady big business deals , even the Mafia are thrown in. Wonderful. See it and enjoy it. It is rich in classic lines. Among my favourites are Burton saying to Harris 'Julius Limbani is alive!' 'I don't care!' Harris states. To which Burton replies 'Yes you do! If there's one African leader you do care about, it's Julius Limbani!'; Burton sinking a glass of red wine given him by Harris, pulling a face and saying 'Disgusting!' to which Harris replies 'Yes isn't it' and refills his glass; Jack Watson as the RSM at the beginning of the mercenaries' training - 'Right! Let's try for our first heart attack, shall we?'; Barry Foster giving Burton a telephone number 'at which I can always be reached' - oh, how did we manage in those days without mobiles!!!!??? I could go on and on. Suffice to say, a classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant film
Published 4 days ago by Karen Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rank war movie
A fantastic movie. I cherish war novels and war movies, but they have to e good in every aspects and there are few of those. Read more
Published 7 days ago by J. T. Hoeg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Yarn......
A classic yarn. All the 'old stagers' in for one 'final roll of the dice'. Even Roger Moore is really rather good and of course Richard Harris is very good as well.
Published 17 days ago by Allan One
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Another very good classic
Published 20 days ago by keith cox
5.0 out of 5 stars qualty oldie
great old movie,just as I remembered
Published 24 days ago by deanMACHINE
5.0 out of 5 stars You two beauties!
Great movie! One of the best from the eighties! I remember watching it when I was just a lad. Very watchable with fantastic dialogue! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is one of my favourite films, I remember showing this film many years ago when I worked as a projectionist at the Odeon cinema in Kensington, London, it always remained in my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A TERRIFIC 'ACTION-MOVIE' with 'A GREAT CAST-LIST'
This is perhaps one of my all-time favourite 'action' movies.
The plot see's 'Colonel Allen Faulkner' accepting a mission to rescue an 'African' leader
who has been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars "I just like to fight, with weapons or without".
This was the last of the true blockbuster movies.
The whole cast was spot on. i've lost count of the times i've watched this movie over the years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Postie-UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Geese
This is still a first class movie,having watched it for the first time in the 80s.I decided to replace my VHS copy, I was not disappointed .
Published 4 months ago by N. Winter
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