The Wild Geese (1978)

The Wild Geese (1978)

This is a blast from the past, I watched this recently on Netflix and thoroughly enjoyed it again; I remember seeing this in the cinema a long time ago. It is an overlooked classic that has some of the best British actors of the time in a gang busting movie set in Africa.  With the cast including Richard Burton , Richard Harris and Roger Moore and many that you will recognise from days gone bye it makes for an interesting movie.

The basic premise is that these guys are mercenaries working for some Lord, the plan goes flawlessly but they get double crossed and then the fun begins.  There is an interesting sub-plot with a white South African soldier and the person they are rescuing (who is black), this is not really explored too much but it does add a little depth to the proceedings.

The pace hots up towards the end of the film and it ends as you’d expect, there is a lot of stiff upper lip involved with the characters but the cast do a good job making the thing hang together nicely.

I didn’t know too much about the film when I saw it but reading the IMDB page indicates that there was a lot of controversy back in the day because it was filmed in South Africa during the apartheid regime.  This hurt the box office in addition to the production company going out of business and failing to take the movie to the US successfully.

Definitely worth a couple of hours of your time.

Egg Rating: 8/10

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One thought on “The Wild Geese (1978)

  1. I think this is one of the better war movies for sure. It is actually one of my top war movies. With Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris in the one movie, it would be hard to go wrong. The storyline has no dead/dull moments; the major stars are in it throughout (not just beginning or end) and the storyline is good. I would have loved to have seen Harris make it; but that was part of the film for him to go that way and did cement the human cost of the mission. I also enjoyed Wild Geese 2; although without the originals it wasn’t quite the same. Still a great movie also.

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