Actors: Richard Burton, Roger Moore
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Wild Geese|
|A group of mercenaries go to Africa to rescue a captured politician. Their plan is to parachute down, storm the base, rescue the prisoner, and get picked up. The plan starts off well and they secure the base and the politician. However, they get double-crossed. The plane that is supposed to pick them up is ordered to abandon them. Now helpless, the mercenaries try to look for another route to another airport. They also have to battle African soldiers and protect the politician.
--Jack Bauer, Resident Scholar
|Richard Burton plays Col. Allen Faulkner, a middle-aged, cynical mercenary who enlists his old friends Rafer Johnson (played by Richard Harris) and Sean Finn (Roger Moore) to help him with one last mission. Unfortunately, they are double-crossed by their employer (Stuart Grainger) who leaves them stranded in Africa where they have to fight their way out of hostile territory.
--Brian Holdam, Resident Scholar
| The film Wild Geese, based on Daniel Carney's book, to me is about veterans of the Congo actions going back in and seeing what the promised freedom of the 60's wrought in Africa.
Rescuing President Limbani from the hands of the Simbas is like watching them arriving at a party that is ten years too late. I loved the movie because of the friendship between the leads. These men fought together and trusted each other.
Throughout the film, the recruiting of the unit, the training, the mission, the betrayal and the escape Faulkner's connection with his Regimental Seargent Major, Sandy, is apparent.
--Wild Bill, Resident Scholar
|A noted professional mercenary leader, Col. Faulkner, is called upon by an inscrupulous banker, Sir Matheson, to assemble a professional mercenary force, in hopes of aiding him in the closure of a huge copper concession.
All deals are made and the mercenary force, consisting of two long time friends of the Colonel, land in Africa to perform a three hour rescue tour, as planned. A political prisoner being freed has a significant impact on the copper deal.
When the hostage is rescued, and alternate deal is being made in London which negates the original plan made between all parties and as a result, there is no need to keep the original "rescue" plan intact.
This double cross leaves the mercenary force and the freed hostage to make a plan of escape from growing hostilities in the immediate area.
The movie then details several exemplary battle scenes and an eventual escape of thirteen men from an original force of fifty. This resulted after the Colonel has to kill his best friend to prevent him from being tortured to death by the Simbas.
The conclusion finds Faulkner settling accounts with the banker and widows and orphans of all the betrayed force.
--kevin worcester, Resident Scholar
|The Wild Geese tells the story of a band of crack mercenaries sent to rescue an inprisoned African Leader who is vital for a certain copper concession in the U.K. Richard Burton plays Col. Allen Faulkner, the brave and tough leader who plays by his own rules.
--Eric Varca, Resident Scholar
|Burton, a hard drinking merc., is hired to go into africa to bring out a tribal leader to embrass, and over throw that government.
Some of the most intersting parts of the movie are, the recuriting of merc's, and the training of these men, most of which are reprobate of meny africian coups.
All in All this is a very authintic depitchion of what really goes on in the Dark Africa
--joe basham, Resident Scholar
|A mercenary team sent into a country to rescue its leader is doublecrossed and must escape a large army chasing it. Riveting.
--steve, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 42.5%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 37.5%
Time/Era of Movie:
- near future war
- escaping behind enemy lines
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- short/standard wavy (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- enemy army
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Part of Africa:
- Black Africa
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately messy visuals of dead
- gory visuals of deaths
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 2 ()
Kind of violence:
- land battles
- mission to rescue
- mission to destroy something
- hand to hand
Unusual forms of death
- Occasional swearing
Lot of special effects?
Kinds of F/X
- exploding vehicles
- exploding bombs
Is this movie based on a
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