History Film / TheWildGeese

17th Nov '16 8:39:20 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WithDueRespect: Sandy does a rather awesome version of this when Faulkner tries to persuade him not to join the men on the mission having trained them:
-->"Sir! With respect, you can stick the money up your arse that's all I can offer you sir. - I love what I do, I also love these grubby, thickheaded men I trained - you most of all and I expect to be with them and with you because I'm needed. You want to see a REAL revolution? Try and stop me".
26th Oct '16 4:42:11 PM CumbersomeTercel
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Faulkner assembles a company of fifty mercenaries, led by former comrades Sean Fynn (Creator/RogerMoore) and Rafer Janders (Richard Harris), accompanied by Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Kruger) a Boer familiar with the African bush. Parachuting into Zembala after a period training in Swaziland, the mercenaries successfully retrieve Limbani from the prison where he is due to be executed by the dictator in a slick operation that goes off without a hitch - but in the meantime, the wheels of greater machinations are preparing to grind up the mercenaries. Sir Edward Matheson concludes his mining contract with the Zembalan military regime - he now no longer needs Limbani, and if the mercenaries return there is also that distasteful task of paying them that he'd rather not stoop to. He promptly recalls the escape plane, leaving Faulkner and his men stranded hundreds of miles from safety in the depths of Africa, with the Simbas, the deadliest shock troops of the regime's army, closing in... they came for gold, but the Wild Geese now have to struggle for their very survival. There are no pockets in a shroud - but revenge can come from beyond the grave.

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Faulkner assembles a company of fifty mercenaries, led by former comrades Sean Fynn (Creator/RogerMoore) and Rafer Janders (Richard Harris), (Creator/RichardHarris), accompanied by Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Kruger) a Boer familiar with the African bush. Parachuting into Zembala after a period training in Swaziland, the mercenaries successfully retrieve Limbani from the prison where he is due to be executed by the dictator in a slick operation that goes off without a hitch - but in the meantime, the wheels of greater machinations are preparing to grind up the mercenaries. Sir Edward Matheson concludes his mining contract with the Zembalan military regime - he now no longer needs Limbani, and if the mercenaries return there is also that distasteful task of paying them that he'd rather not stoop to. He promptly recalls the escape plane, leaving Faulkner and his men stranded hundreds of miles from safety in the depths of Africa, with the Simbas, the deadliest shock troops of the regime's army, closing in... they came for gold, but the Wild Geese now have to struggle for their very survival. There are no pockets in a shroud - but revenge can come from beyond the grave.



This film was also reheated for a 1984 Italian knock-off, ''Code Name: Wild Geese'' (copying the plot of the film and relocating England and Africa to Hong Kong and the Phillipines) and led to an official 1985 sequel, ''Wild Geese II''. Richard Burton was to reprise his role as Allen Faulkner in the sequel but died before shooting began; instead the actor Edward Fox took the role of "Alex Faulkner", Allen's brother. The sequel was derived from another Daniel Carney novel, ''The Square Circle'', and is notable for being directed by Peter Hunt of ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and including a late role for Creator/LaurenceOlivier as [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Rudolf Hess]]... and for being such an unmitigated disastrous flop that it killed Euan Lloyd's producing career.

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This film was also reheated for a 1984 Italian knock-off, ''Code Name: Wild Geese'' (copying the plot of the film and relocating England and Africa to Hong Kong and the Phillipines) Philippines) and led to an official 1985 sequel, ''Wild Geese II''. Richard Burton was to reprise his role as Allen Faulkner in the sequel but died before shooting began; instead the actor Edward Fox took the role of "Alex Faulkner", Allen's brother. The sequel was derived from another Daniel Carney novel, ''The Square Circle'', and is notable for being directed by Peter Hunt of ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and including a late role for Creator/LaurenceOlivier as [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Rudolf Hess]]... and for being such an unmitigated disastrous flop that it killed Euan Lloyd's producing career.



* CompositeCharacter: Fynn's killing a gangster's son and hiding out above a casino is by Janders in the book.

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* CompositeCharacter: Fynn's killing a gangster's son nephew and hiding out above a casino is by Janders in the book.



* DeadpanSnarker: Fynn manages to squeeze in a few one liners into tense situations.



* DiesWideShut: Sandy does this to [[spoiler:Pieter]].



* ForceFeeding: Fynn makes a gangster's son eat poisoned heroin.

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* ForceFeeding: Fynn makes a gangster's son nephew eat poisoned heroin.



* MorallyBankruptBanker: Matheson.




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* YouShallNotPass: Witty fends off the Simbas with an Uzi and a machete so Faulkner and others can escape.
23rd Oct '16 5:21:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ForceFeeding: Fynn makes a gangster's son eat poisoned heroin.
12th Oct '16 5:35:57 AM JackG
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* KillEmAll: The 200 guards at the prison camp, with cyanide gas.
5th Oct '16 4:56:25 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CigarChomper: Flynn.

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* CigarChomper: Flynn.Fynn.


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* CompositeCharacter: Fynn's killing a gangster's son and hiding out above a casino is by Janders in the book.


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* RaceLift:
** Janders was an American in the book.
** Pieter Coetzee was originally supposed to be Rhodesian. When Hardy Krüger was cast, the character was made a Boer to explain Kruger's German accent.
22nd Sep '16 11:33:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptedOut: Lieutenant Jeremy Chandos, a main character in the book, doesn't appear in the film. A younger officer of Faulkner's team, he's an Irishman, 29 years old, single with no attachments and is a mercenary for the money and the action.


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* BaitAndSwitchComment: In the sequel, Alex Faulkner denies their leader was planning to kill an IRA terrorist.
-->"Oh no no no... that was my job."
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: In the sequel, John Haddad is walking through the forest with TheChick while a man with a scoped rifle takes aim...and shoots a boar. This CatScare [[GladToBeAliveSex gives a plot excuse]] for the subsequent CoitusEnsues moment.


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* TheLoad: President Julius Limbani. He's elderly and not in great shape and one of the characters has to literally carry him on his back. Limbani is nothing but dead weight and is only useful to them if they can get him back alive. In a deliberate bit of irony, the man who is carrying him is a white South African who is (initially at least) pro-Apartheid and he actually says that white people have been carrying black people on their backs for years.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: In the sequel, the mercenaries plan to stage a car accident with the Vulnerable Convoy carrying Rudolf Hess, then carry him off in a fake ambulance. The driver they hire to fake the crash says he can use a specially reinforced car, but they insist it has to look real, so he uses an ordinary vehicle and gets killed.


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* MOHSScaleOfViolenceHardness: It scores a 7.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Faulkner.


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* VideoCredits: The film ends with these.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Averted in the sequel. An IRA terrorist says this to RSM Murphy, who responds by killing him in an AndThisIsFor moment.
21st Sep '16 9:09:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BritishStiffUpperLip: Fulkner and co.'s general attitude.


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* CigarChomper: Flynn.


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* StiffUpperLip: Fulkner and co.'s general attitude.
21st Sep '16 9:06:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BritishStiffUpperLip: Fulkner and co.'s general attitude.



* ChromosomeCasting: There are only three female speaking parts in the film.
* ColonelBadass: Faulkner.



* DeathByAdaptation: Sir Edward Matheson.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Sergeant-Major Sandy Young.



* GreyandGrayMorality: The film avoids making an argument about who is responsible for the African continent's woes: rather than blaming it all on the West, no-one is entirely without fault in this situation.

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* GreyandGrayMorality: GreyAndGrayMorality: The film avoids making an argument about who is responsible for the African continent's woes: rather than blaming it all on the West, no-one is entirely without fault in this situation.



* MercyKill: Wounded mercenaries are killed by their comrades, instead of leaving them to be tortured to death by the Simbas. In the dramatic climax to the film, Faulkner also kills his friend Janders, who dies crying his son Emile's name.
* OldSoldier: all of the main cast, to an extent - the mercenary force is composed of Army veterans.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: After escaping from Zembala and touching down to cheering crowds in Rhodesia with ths score swelling in the background, you might expect the credits to start to roll: but there's a further reel where Faulkner returns to England to exact revenge on the traitorous Matheson.

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* TheMedic: subverted. Despite the fact that he's a rather faaaaaaaaabulous queen, the mercenaries' medic has few qualms with getting stuck into the thick of it, and his self-sacrifice fighting the Simbas helps Limbani to escape recapture at one point.
** And he is faaaaaaaaaabulous to the end.
* MercyKill: Wounded mercenaries are killed by their comrades, instead of leaving them to be tortured to death by the Simbas. In the dramatic climax to the film, Faulkner [[spoiler:Faulkner also kills his friend Janders, who dies crying his son Emile's name.
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* OldSoldier: all All of the main cast, to an extent - the mercenary force is composed of Army veterans.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: After escaping from Zembala and touching down to cheering crowds in Rhodesia with ths the score swelling in the background, you might expect the credits to start to roll: but there's a further reel where Faulkner returns to England to exact revenge on the traitorous Matheson.



* PrivateMilitaryContractor: the mercenaries in the film are "soldiers of fortune" rather than a "corporate army". All of them join the venture as individuals, and give the impression of being adventurers more than employees.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractor: the The mercenaries in the film are "soldiers of fortune" rather than a "corporate army". All of them join the venture as individuals, and give the impression of being adventurers more than employees.employees.
* RatedMForManly



* TheMedic: subverted. Despite the fact that he's a rather faaaaaaaaabulous queen, the mercenaries' medic has few qualms with getting stuck into the thick of it, and his self-sacrifice fighting the Simbas helps Limbani to escape recapture at one point.
** And he is faaaaaaaaaabulous to the end.
13th Mar '16 6:18:06 AM Dcrew
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** Slightly Averted in the Book. Many of the mercenaries still die (including Faulkner and Janders), but Limbani survives and it's strongly hinted he'll be back with an army to liberate his country.
24th Jan '16 5:32:47 AM Dcrew
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** Averted in the book. The mercenaries are still left behind, but Matheson has nothing to do with it.

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** Averted in the book. The mercenaries are still left behind, but Not only does Matheson has have nothing to do with it.the mercenaries being left behind, but it's done more out of practicality than deliberate betrayal.



** This is averted in the book, where Matheson is quite well-spoken when dealing with Faulkner.

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** This is averted in the book, where Matheson is quite well-spoken when dealing with Faulkner.Faulkner and has nothing to do with the mercenaries being left behind.
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