The Wild Geese (1978)


“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.” – RSM Sandy Young

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis –  A group of mercenaries are hired by the British government to rescue an imprisoned African leader and return him to power.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about years ago, yet never had the real urge to check it out until now.

I was blown away with how enjoyable it was because they are able to mix action, drama with a bit of lighter moments really well.

The film has lots of characters and they find a way to develop some of them to a point where we can care more about what happens to them and cheer for their survival as the going gets tougher along the way.

The film’s cast is great with Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Hardy Kruger allowing us to see them work so well together despite some of their differences along the way because their ultimate goal is the same.

The story remains both fun and impactful as things move along in directions that we might not expect even if the plot isn’t a very deep one.

The film gets these action sequences down pat and the choreography of them works quite well within the scheme of the story and helps make things even more entertaining to watch unfold.

The plot isn’t overly compex and this is a through and through action pic that is quite entertaining to watch.

Bottom Line – Fun action movie that gets so much right. They manage to introduce the various characters quite well and allow us to get to know some of them more intimately which helps while we need to cheer for them along their mission. The cast is great with Burton, Harris and Moore helping to keep thing lots of fun and impactful along the way.  The action sequences are choreographed really well and that adds so much to the enjoyment of such a story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Burton hated the screenplay and the process of filming the actual movie. One day he told BBC correspondent John Simpson, “If Elizabeth would have me back, I’d leave this s—-y film and this ghastly heat right now and charter a plane to go wherever she was. But it’s the old thing: can’t live with her, can’t live without her. But I adore Elizabeth, and I always will.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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