History Film / TheWildGeese

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.
24th Jan '16 5:28:24 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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* HollywoodSilencer: Notably averted. When discussing taking the prison where Limbani is kept, suppressed weapons are not suggested as a means of eliminating tower sentries or the guards' barracks, acknowledging their limits (actual silent methods are discussed and used). When they are used, they are used for the job they're intended for: eliminating lone sentries away from other people.


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** This is averted in the book, where Matheson is quite well-spoken when dealing with Faulkner.
15th Nov '15 12:04:43 AM nombretomado
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Faulkner assembles a company of fifty mercenaries, led by former comrades Sean Fynn (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 (RogerMoore) (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.
31st Jul '15 3:09:43 PM phoenix
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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) 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 [[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) 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 [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Rudolf Hess]]... and for being such an unmitigated disastrous flop that it killed Euan Lloyd's producing career.
24th Mar '15 6:21:45 PM morenohijazo
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* BetrayalByInaction: The president of an African country is overthrown by a military coup. A businessman hires a group of mercenaries to rescue him in order to use him as a bargaining chip to extract concessions from the new regime. After the president is rescued the regime agrees to the concessions and the businessman orders the plane sent to pick up the mercenaries to leave them behind so they can be slaughtered by the regime's forces. The mercenaries spend the rest of the movie trying to escape.
23rd May '14 12:07:24 AM PaulA
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Allen Faulkner (RichardBurton) is a retired British Army colonel now making his trade as a mercenary. He is recruited by the magnate Sir Edward Matheson (Stewart Granger) to lead an operation into the fictional African nation of Zembala to rescue President Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona), a good leader - all too rare in postcolonial Africa - who has been overthrown by a military coup d'etat. Limbani is still highly regarded by the people of Zembala and Matheson aims to use the threat of his return as a bargaining chip to negotiate favourable mining contracts with the new regime. Chief of the minerals is copper, the taste of blood...

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Allen Faulkner (RichardBurton) (Creator/RichardBurton) is a retired British Army colonel now making his trade as a mercenary. He is recruited by the magnate Sir Edward Matheson (Stewart Granger) to lead an operation into the fictional African nation of Zembala to rescue President Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona), a good leader - all too rare in postcolonial Africa - who has been overthrown by a military coup d'etat. Limbani is still highly regarded by the people of Zembala and Matheson aims to use the threat of his return as a bargaining chip to negotiate favourable mining contracts with the new regime. Chief of the minerals is copper, the taste of blood...
1st May '14 6:07:31 PM Prfnoff
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The film was an international success, being the fourteenth-highest grossing film of 1978, and might have been placed higher had the collapse of its regional distributor Allied Artists not prevented its penetration of America. ''The Wild Geese'' attracted controversy for being filmed in apartheid-era South Africa, with sizeable demonstrations accompanying its London premiere accusing it of racism - this is despite the fact that the film was very popular amongst black South Africans (producer Euan Lloyd even distributed copies of the ''Soweto Times'' detailing packed-out cinemas to protestors in an attempt to calm them) and the film bore an even-handed message of reconciliation acknowledging the crimes perpetrated by both whites and blacks in Africa (Limbani says to Coetzee at one point "we have to forgive you for the past, just as you have to forgive us for the present").

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The film was an international success, being the fourteenth-highest grossing film of 1978, and might have been placed higher had the collapse of its regional distributor Allied Artists not prevented its penetration of America. ''The Wild Geese'' attracted controversy for being filmed in apartheid-era South Africa, with sizeable demonstrations accompanying its London premiere accusing it of racism - this is despite the fact that the film was very popular amongst black South Africans (producer Euan Lloyd even distributed copies of the ''Soweto Times'' detailing packed-out cinemas to protestors in an attempt to calm them) and the film bore an even-handed message of reconciliation acknowledging the crimes perpetrated by both whites and blacks in Africa (Limbani says to Coetzee at one point "we have to forgive you for the past, just as you have to forgive us for the present").
20th Mar '14 9:47:57 PM erforce
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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) 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 ''[[JamesBond On Her Majesty's Secret Service]]'' and including a late role for LaurenceOlivier as [[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) 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 ''[[JamesBond On Her Majesty's Secret Service]]'' ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and including a late role for LaurenceOlivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier as [[NaziGermany Rudolf Hess]]... and for being such an unmitigated disastrous flop that it killed Euan Lloyd's producing career.
21st Dec '13 12:06:23 PM LongLiveHumour
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* BritishEducationSystem: Janders' son, Emile, is a polite public schoolboy with fine elocution.

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* BritishEducationSystem: UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem: Janders' son, Emile, is a polite public schoolboy with fine elocution.
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