The Wild Geese (1978) [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.
Riproaring Blood and Guts Action --Variety
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Every entrant in this great tale of derring-do is brilliant, and if you'd had to go into battle then, this would be as good as any team you could possibly pick to be on your side, albeit a bit creaky, I'll admit.
It's action-packed-, funny in several ways, tense, heavy handedly touching, and tries clumsily to make a few points; "kaffir" becoming bloke" for one, and the political clout of big business. To the PC NAZIS, t's probably full of 'ists and 'isms, and if you don't like it for that ,then sod off, it's not the movie for you.
This is just huge fun, probably the best of the mercenary movies, but "Dark of the Sun", also known as "The Mercenaries" runs it close, with one of history's greatest he-men in Rod Taylor..
Just a reminder of who we get here:
Richard Burton; always a joy to watch
Roger Moore; always the same to watch, and when it's right, it's perfect
Hardy Kruger- enough said, but shouldn't he have played Barnes Wallis in a movie (tho' it'd've been difficult in "The Dambusters", I admit...)
Kenneth Griffith, brilliantly camp
Jack Watson, the perfect Sergeant, with some of the great lines
Richard Harris, another actor like Burton, great, but never did all that he could
Stuart Grainger, a perfect hissable villain
And on I could go.
Gloriously nostalgic, and a joy of a movie for action fans
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Wild Geese is one of my best action films, and WOW!! what a great cast.
Now Arrow have done a nice job with the Blu-ray transfer, it gets a 4/5 and well worth... Read more
This is the forerunner of successful classics like the expendables and fast and the furious. Great action epic with great directing from 007 alumni John glenPublished 1 month ago by Dean Kelly