The Wild Geese (1978)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Run Time - 132 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The plot of this of this adaptation of the Daniel Carney's novel, sprinkled throughout a series of extended Sam Peckinpah-inspired action sequences, deals with a collection of mercenary toughguys -- Colonel Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), Lieutenant Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), Rafer Janders (Richard Harris), Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Kruger) -- who are hired to parachute into the African bush country and abscond with deposed African president Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona) and reinstall him as a reigning monarch of an African country, to satisfy British mercantile interests. The action sequences were successful enough to spawn a sequel -- appropriately titled Wild Geese II.

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mercenary, rescue, Africa, against-all-odds, behind-enemy-lines, betrayal, mission [quest], President, veteran [military]