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Britgeek talks THE WILD GEESE with Sir Roger Moore, plus win a copy of the new Blu-ray!!

Published at: Dec. 11, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

 

Britgeek here.

 

Cult connoisseurs Severin Films have brought no shortage of obscure gems to the home entertainment market over the years, and have even stepped into feature film production with last year's wild horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE, but today, the distributor drops perhaps its most mainstream – and best – release to date in the form of 1978's action classic THE WILD GEESE, as the film arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

 

It had been a number of years since I had seen THE WILD GEESE, so with grey matter full of fond memories, when the opportunity arose to see the film once again for the benefit of discussing it with Sir Roger Moore, one of its three stars, needless to say I was rather keen.

 

 

 

For those who are not familiar with the film, it stars Moore, Richard Burton and Richard Harris as a trio of ex-soldiers who form a mighty band of aged mercenaries for a mission to Africa, where they must rescue the President from a vicious dictator. 

 

Having seen it over the weekend, one of the things that stuck out to me the most was just how much charm the film has, and it's the kind of exclusively British charm that unfortunately has been lost in this day and age with the changing of the times. In some respect, the film is a time capsule. Of course, aside from the abundance of charm it's occasionally politically incorrect (lest we forget medic Witty), but it's a film that raises an unshakeable smile from beginning to end, and largely because of its motley crew of memorable characters. On the phone from his home in Switzerland, Moore says, “The odd characters were the most interesting, [like] Ronnie Fraser. They were all well drawn, sort of a typical mix of what you'd find in the army … Andrew McLaglen had so much to do with it. I saw another Andrew McLaglen film the other day, NORTH SEA HIJACK, and he does draw his characters very well.”

 

Despite ultimately being a classic action movie, THE WILD GEESE is also an adventure story that embraces a little bit of everything, and while there are exciting gunfights and fiery explosions along the way, there's also a great script that offers hilarious and powerful moments and dialogue in equal measures, which is no surprise given that Daniel Carney's novel was adapted for the screen by Oscar-nominated 12 ANGRY MEN writer Reginald Rose. The characters are broad and compelling, especially those of Harris, Burton and Moore, and their show-stealing performances are an exercise in on-screen chemistry, as Sir Roger remembers, “We had good camaraderie between the three of us and also with Hardy Kruger. I must say, I've very pleasant memories of having done that.”

 

“We would have competitions [to see] who would do the least number of takes.” When asked who was victorious, he says with a giggle in his voice, “As both gentlemen are not with us any more, I could safely say me.”

 

Aside from the powerhouse leading men complementing each other seemingly effortlessly, THE WILD GEESE is bursting with recognisable faces. Despite occasionally hammy performances and some only having a line or two, the fact that a strong supporting cast comprising such talent was able to be formed is commendable to this day.

 

Another great element of realism in the film is the idea of a collection of retired soldiers who, with the initial exception of Harris' Rafer, are so keen to get back into the fold and away from the hardship that they have been facing trying to adjust to life a world removed from the battlefield. This is something that's frequently headline news with the wars in the Middle East and a deeply tragic idea, not wholly dissimilar from the concept of institutionalisation explored in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, making THE WILD GEESE a timely film to this day, as Sir Roger reminisces, “A lot of the reality was due to the fact that, Mad Mike Hoare they called him, was technical advisor on it and we had a couple of ex-mercenaries in the film. I remember one of them suddenly pulling a knife and it was just stuck at your throat and he said, 'That's the way you do it.' Oh dear, you wouldn't want to cross swords with him!”

 

Between its action, drama and witty sense of humour, THE WILD GEESE is a surprisingly ruthless film for 1978, switching gears and changing tone in a heartbeat. Burton opens the film with a hilariously hard-nosed attitude at a meeting with a millionaire in London, and but a moment later, Moore is graphically shooting a drug dealer in the head on the other side of town.

 

In 1985, WILD GEESE II, again an adaptation of a Daniel Carney novel by Reginald Rose, was released but could never live up to the magic of its predecessor. Moore good-naturedly says, “Euan Lloyd wanted me to do a sequel to THE WILD GEEESE about getting [Rudolf Hess] out of Spandau, but I passed on it. To me, WILD GEESE worked because it was logical. It wasn't a logical choice to dispatch Hess to Spandau!” None of the original movie's cast intended to reprise their roles except for Burton, who sadly passed away a matter of days before filming commenced. The sequel starred Edward Fox and Laurence Olivier as the aforementioned Hess.

 

Prior to THE WILD GEESE, director Andrew McLaglen cut his teeth on westerns and action-packed TV series such as RAWHIDE. Sir Roger has fond memories of working with him, describing him as a “Wonderful character, a wonderful man to work with. He once said, 'They think there's something wrong with me in Hollywood because I always bring pictures in a little ahead of time.' He was very good technically.”

 

At 85, he shows no sign of stopping. This year alone has been incredibly busy for him with the release of his book BOND ON BOND to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 007, numerous television appearances and a stage tour, not to mention his continued work with UNICEF, for which he is a Goodwill Ambassador. When asked how he may have changed his approach to performing over the years, he says, as unpretentious as always, “I wouldn't know how it's changed 'cause I don't bother to do much now! Well, you have to flog your books and also keep up the awareness of UNICEF.”

 

Speaking to Sir Roger has been a real honour and privilege.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Severin Films, I have five (5) copies of THE WILD GEESE on Blu-ray/DVD Combo to give away. International entries are accepted.

 

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question correctly: 

 

 

 

 

Which James Bond film did not star Roger Moore?

 

A) GOLDFINGER

B) THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

C) LIVE AND LET DIE

D) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

 

 

 

To enter, all you need to do is send me an email with the subject line “THE WILD GEESE” and include your full name, location and answer.

 

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  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    This Film is THE BALLS

    by SonOfChiba

    I first caught this as a little kid and it instantly became a firm fave. Moore's opening scene is disturbing as all fuck and I remember thinking, what's James Bond doing?! It's a solid gold cast of British men's men, too and I cannot wait to hear Sir Rog's commentary on this bad boy. This was The Expendables of it's day - only with more alcohol. Man, Burton and Harris must've drunk every drinks cabinet dry within a 500 mile radius of wherever they were filming at any given time. God bless 'em.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Remember being all damn! It's not a James bond movie.

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    The Wild Geese v The Expendables

    by TheCrouton

    I know which group I'd rather have on my side.... The Wild Geese is the film The Expendables 1 & 2 want to be.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    One of my very favorite movies

    by Star Hump

    Especially enjoyed Burton's performance as a sodden merc who's barely hanging on in a ruthless, bloody business. Burton was struggling in real life after a lifetime of heavy drinking but he rose to the occasion. All 3 leads are wonderful together. I recall reading that there was no love lost between Burton and Stewart Granger (Granger played the heavy but he and Burton only shared one scene together), as Burton banged his wife or something like that. Loved hardy Kruger in this as well. A fun, brutal action pic.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    There's a trailer for this during the Star Wars Holiday Special

    by edmanger

    useless geek trivia

  • "You're a remarkable man too Sir Edward. So I suppose I better had." "now wait just a minute!" *Pfft*(silenced 9mm)

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    God I loved this!

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    One of my favourite movies as a kid - I remember watching it on Betamax (what can I say, my dad chose the wrong format) time and time and time again. Then didn't think about it for 30 years until seeing this article...now all I can think about is the devastating moment involving Harris' little boy. And Burton being as cool as fuck. And Joan Armatrading's awesome song at the start. Gotta buy this badboy.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    'ALAN!...ALAN KILL ME! FOR GODS SAKE KILL ME!!'

    by CARTMANEZ

    NO! NO I CAN'T!! I CAN'T! STOP THE FUCKING PLANE!!

  • the dude was a mans man

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    He once beat up Lee Marvin

    by donkey_lasher

    The guy was nails.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Codename...

    by Peter ORourke

    Followed up with cheap cash in movies such as "Codename wildgeese" with Lewis "Bodie" Collins and Lee Van Cleef.....and not a touch on the original.

  • Roger Moore is clearly having a bit of fun with Britgeek here. Moore starred in North Sea Hijack (aka "ffolkes" outside of the UK).

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The perfect Sunday afternoon film.

    by alan_poon

    The theme song was a belter too. Poor old Sandy's fresh corpse getting thrown off the plane. I used to piss myself at that line.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    My, you're a beauty.

    by alan_poon

    It's a shame we can't be friends.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The Wild Geese is brutal kickass film.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    A real throwback to when men were still men and just got on with the task at hand.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    You're jumping from an aeroplane, not a whorehouse window!

    by reni

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I hope you've got a big appetite sonny, 'cause it's all for you.

    by ben sheppard

    Fucking.... Nails.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I liked it.

    by DougMcKenzie

    Still prefer Force 10 from Navarone tho. Ford and Shaw would beat the living tar out of Moore and Burton anyday. Dogs of War is another good Merc film from the same era. There was a certain romanticism surrounding mercs at the time that kind of faded with age. They were portrayed much differently in modern movies like Blood Diamond and Rambo.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Great Quotes

    by Adrian Morton

    Genaro..get his legs

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Whatever you think of Moore as Bond

    by sleepyhead

    He always comes across as modest, charming, and grateful for the opportunities that have been put before him. A class act and a top bloke, as we say in Blighty.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Great Film

    by England's Finest

    Let's talk about your father

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Moore was really badass in this movie

    by Con Shonnery

    I wish he'd been allowed to play Bond a little more like that. As Sleepyhead says Moore is a class act, I've never heard a bad word said about him either from people in the industry or fans who have met him. A real gent. Just a thought, it's a pity they couldn't have got Sean Connery and Ollie Reed for the movie too - all the Brit badasses in one flick.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Uk Release?

    by England's Finest

    I notice on the Severin site the price is in dollars, Is this the version available at play and amazon?

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Wild Geese 2012

    by CARTMANEZ

    starring Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, the new Checkov guy, and Justin Bibface

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Moores movie output 1973-85 rivials Fords 77-89 run

    by CARTMANEZ

    1973 - LALD 1974 - TMWTGG / Gold 1976 - Shout at the Devil / Sherlock Holmes in New York 1977 - TSWLM 1978 - Wild Geese 1979 - Moonraker / North Sea Hijack / Escape to Athena 1980 - The Sea Wolves 1981 - FYEO / The Cannonball Run 1983 - Octopussy / Curse of Pink Panther (cameo) 1985 - A View to a Kill

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Michael Bays Wild Geese

    by CARTMANEZ

    starring Channing Tatum, Josh Durmal, Josh Harnett, and Dwayne Johnson thatd be somethin huh

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Moore was firly established as Bond when he made Wild Geese

    by CARTMANEZ

    TSWLM was his Goldfinger after the somewhat uneasy start in LALD and the underwhelming MWTGG so he was like full on Bond for Wild Geese like if Craig was in a Wild Geese remake now

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    genuine non funny Wild Geese 're-imagining' cast for today...

    by CARTMANEZ

    Allen Faulkner - Russel Crowe Shawn Fynn - Daniel Craig Rafer Janders - Liam Neeson Sir Edward Matherson - Ian McKellan like a high class Expendables

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    How have I never seen this movie?

    by Bill C.

    Seriously! The two Richards in the same movie?!? I must rectify this!

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    england's finest

    by chuffsterUK

    Was released here on Blu in October.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    The Wild Geese is THE SHIT.

    by DocPazuzu

    One of my all-time faves. Along with Where Eagles Dare, it's one of those perfect post-pub crawl movies to enjoy with a couple of likeminded (and similarly inebriated) friends. It does contain one of the worst child performances of all time (a "yahoo!" which is, yes, even more embarrassing than TPM's "yipee!") but everything else is gold. A bunch of aging idealist(!) mercenaries getting back together for one last mission to liberate an imprisoned African president. Burton and Harris are great in this, as are all the supporting roles. Gotta love that rousing Roy Budd score as well. I challenge any red-blooded male to not cheer at the end when the plane takes off along with Budd's soaring theme. Awesome.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    docpazuzu - agreed.

    by CARTMANEZ

    also the Harris death scene is one of the most powerful death scenes ever

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    The UK blu-ray...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...also includes the sequel as a bonus.

  • but nothing beats the deadly Burton/Bond/Harris combo

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    did audiences go 'wild' for Wild Geese back in '78?

    by CARTMANEZ

    no box office info on BOmojo???

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Love The Wild Geese...

    by Terry Powell

    ...couple of others I'd rank with it are Dogs of War and especially Dark of the Sun with Rod Taylor.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Arrow Video

    by Baryonyx

    Arrow Video have released The Wild Geese in the UK with new cover art: http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/?p=7719

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    SHOUT AT THE DEVIL: Give it to us, uncut, on BluRay

    by the_rising

    I loved that film. A real blast. Moore and Lee Marvin played off each other beautifully. It aired uncut on I believe HDNet Movies a year ago. In High Def. It was the first time it was shown anywhere without all those stupid, needless cuts.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Moores role in The Sea Wolves was alot more Bond like

    by CARTMANEZ

    Originally the cast was to be a reunited Richard Burton, Roger Moore and 'Richard Harris' (I) formerly of The Wild Geese, also by Euan Lloyd and Andrew V. McLaglen, with Burton playing the role of Lewis Pugh, which eventually went to Gregory Peck and Harris playing Bill Grice, which 'David Niven' played. However, it was felt Harris was too young and Burton eventually refused (something he later allegedly regretted) Harris was still an option however, but was eventually vetoed by Peck, who wanted old The Guns of Navarone co-star David Niven on board.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    the 2nd film in the Moore Wild Geese 'trilogy' - North Sea Hijack

    by CARTMANEZ

    the poster was very Bond like http://www.iceposter.com/thumbs/MOV_efb1ce3e_b.jpg

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    my Sea Wolves post got messed up

    by CARTMANEZ

    shouldve also read: from imdb trivia: ______ 'Roger Moore's character in this movie, Captain Gavin Stewart, connects somewhat with his James Bond persona. Stewart is involved as a spy in espionage activities, liaises romantically with a female spy, is seen in a tuxedo, gambles at a casino and is consistently suave and debonair. Moore made this movie between making the James Bond movies Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. ' ______ i remember reading somewhere that Brosnan (and i guess Craig) had it in his Bond contract that he couldnt wear a tux in any other non Bond film as it was too identified with Bond (maybe it was drawn up and put into future 007 stars contracts after Sea Wolves?)

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    cartmanez

    by DocPazuzu

    Right you are. "Alan! Alan! Emile! EMILE!!!" Damn...

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Americans actually know about this film?

    by Gary Makin

    The pre-Rambo action still holds up.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    docpazuzu - i remember the scene slightly differently

    by CARTMANEZ

    i always remembered it to be Harris going 'Alan Shoot me! for gods sake shoot me!! They'll kill me Alan! (meaning the soldiers will hack him to pieces while alive with their machetes - i think that was discussed at some point in the film like Alan Grant telling the young boy the raptor eats you alive in JP1)...shoot me!' but i just watched it utube and apparently its just 'Alan...Alan Kill Me!...For Gods sake kill me!!' ...then he goes 'Emile! EMILE!!!" after Burton says he cant do it did i remember it slightly wrong or did i see an unedited version may years ago?

  • I'd love to see The Dogs of War remastered for Blu-ray though.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    recast Wild Geese

    by CARTMANEZ

    another stab at it: Allen Faulkner - Daniel Craig (as he looks more like Burton) Shawn Fynn - Clive Owen Rafer Janders - Gary Oldman Sir Edward Matherson - Ian McKellan

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    cartmanez

    by DocPazuzu

    Nope, you're right. I was paraphrasing since I didn't recall it verbatim. Fantastic scene.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Another fave of mine in the same genre...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Fred Ward, Reb Brown, Tim Thomerson and Randall "Tex" Cobb. Amazing fucking movie and one nobody ever talks about or seems to remember it.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I fucking love this film!!

    by david starling

    I have it on DVD (it was given away with a Sunday paper here in the UK back in 2004/2005), and its just a brilliant movie. I need this on Blu!! A superb action thriller, it has enough bitter tones and a reality check the size of a rhino, to counter any accusations of gung-ho. Indeed, if anyone hasn't seen this I do recommend doing so now - it may have aged a little in feel, but in tone and direction its right up there with many of the so-called "action thrillers" of today. I would also love Who Dares Wins on Blu-Ray, and Murphy's War too. But for now, I have to find this!!

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Yep, we knew Yanks about it, gmakin

    by Star Hump

    It used to pop up on TV a good bit and you could rent it on VHS. I don't recall the details but something got screwed in the rights dept. and the damn thing didn't find a life on DVD. It was in limbo for a good while. Then in 2004 Victory Films released a 30th anniversary edition on DVD. It has some really nice extras. I've never more excited to buy a DVD. I thought it was just going to fade away. Yeah, docpazuzu, Uncommon Valor s another merc gem that seems to have faded a bit. More perfect Saturday afternoon movie fun. What makes The Wild Geese so great is its bittersweet, fatalistic tone. It has a lot of heart.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    oops, switch Yanks/knew

    by Star Hump

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Get North Sea Hijack to Blu ray please!!

    by Kenny8

    One of Moore's best!

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Roy Budd's Score

    by John Hales

    Nobody's mentioned Roy Budd's score - just superb. Thrilling then chokes you up everytime. Nice article Britgeek. Power to you for raising the profile.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Really Britgeek?

    by alan_poon

    Blimey. I thought Hardy Kruger died years ago but according to IMDB I'm very wrong.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    And of course there's Frank Finlay too.

    by alan_poon

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Spectacular poster art

    by scott callison

    Just caught this for the first time this year. From the very first scene with Burton setting up the mission I knew I was in for a treat. I was actually kind of shocked by how good this movie is. And you are right Britgeek, all three leads look like they are enjoying the hell out of themselves. Great fun.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    It will not worry me... in the slightest.

    by John Fasano

    I love this movie. When I had a chance to work with Richard Harris before he died, I told him of all of his films, it was me favorite (waiting for him to bash my teeth in for ignoring SPORTING LIFE, et al.) and he broke into a huge smile and told me it was the film he had the most fun doing. he and Burton had it in their contracts that they would be sober during the shoot week, and as wrap approached on the Friday, they would be handed bottles, walk of t he set and stay drunk until Monday morning. Harris' great Moore tidbit from WG: Every day Roger would give away more and more of his lines to Kruger, Harris and Burton. Richard asked him why he was giving away all his lines. He said Roger told him "You fella are the actors. I'm here to look pretty." WG kicks DOGS OF WAR and EXPENDABLES ass... Oder for Blu-Ray in

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Nice film, but two mercenary action tales are better

    by Marc Cerasini

    DARK OF THE SUN and DOGS OF WAR both blow THE WILD GEESE out of the water (pardon the pun).

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEA

    by HoraceSkinner

    watched this on Turner's old channel , even back then i knew it was Bank. fucking awesome. TBS superstation kicked ass. That and the Munster reruns. also the Uncommon Valor comment, what a great film. yea i said it. great film. Moore's Bond catches alot of hell from these fuckers under 30 on here ... FACT IS Moore fucked all their moms. And their hot maids. and neighbors. The Richards might have as well, if they were hot enough. We live in a world where Richard Harris the man called horse is replaced with a stunt double and Moore is replaced but a midget with a face only a mother could love. They do not make them like the wild geese anymore.

  • If you loved The Wild Geese and the onscreen combination of Burton and Harris then you'll really enjoy the book Hellraisers. It's a well written and researched account of the careers of 4 masterful actors who happened to be absolute besotted bastards. Not just filled with hilarious anecdotes (although there are a slew of those) it also gives a superb overview of each of their careers. Sadly, one one remains alive now, Peter O'Toole, one of the all-time greatest Irishmen. He's officially retired. A great, great book. Check it out.

  • I adore the Wild Geese - a brilliant movie with so many great, great characters and actors. It would not have worked anywhere near as well with Burt Lancaster in the Richard Harris role as was originally intended, the producers bowing down to the idea of having a huge American star in it. However Lancaster's insistence that the Janders part was altered and expanded put an end to that. There are a few bits that don't work - as a previous poster mentions - Emile's absolutely fucking ridiculous Yah-hooooooo! And Pieter Coetze's exceptionally quick character change from being a died in the wool racist to someone willing to die for Limbani's cause is just that wee bit quick but I love the film. I get a lump in my throat when Janders dies but when Sandy is killed just before - that's rough. I love this film and it shows where films like the Expendables really do fail - this is a film where the majority of roles are played by great actors and the real character driven camaraderie is what makes films like this really work. This film is possibly responsible for Action Man's (the UK version of GI Joe) first black character as Tom Stone is supposedly based on Blake Jesse the black mercenary who's hairdresser charges by the inch.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Terrible Movie

    by CuntBubble

    Not sure why anyone would like this rascist movie, with it's poor acting and terrible dialogue. I put it on a couple of years ago since I had heard that it was a great movie, and after the first half hour or so I was embarrassed. The way African's are depicted is deplorable, and Hardy Kruger's Afrikaans accent is hopeless. I can imagine that Joan Armatrading is sorry to have had her name besmirched in contributed the opening song. I would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    cuntbubble

    by DocPazuzu

    And how is it racist?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    cushing

    by DocPazuzu

    You're right about Sandy. His anguished cry out for Faulkner, not by rank but by name, is heartbreaking.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Racist?

    by John Fasano

    The movie is about men fighting to save an African man who can heal his country! What movie were you watching, cunt?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    This TB is chock full of win

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I love this film. But my absolute favourite of these mans man films is Where Eagles Dare. I could watch that film on a perminent loop. Killer theme tune also. I personally loved north Sea Hijack from Moores back catalogue. And the original Psycho Anthony Perkins is in fine scenery chewing form as the bad guy. I always loved his demise at the end of that film. It seemed a cool way to day to a kid :)

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I wonder how many more testicles...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...would spontaneously sprout between one's legs (even women) after a weekend spent watching The Wild Geese, Where Eagles Dare, Uncommon Valor, The Dirty Dozen and The Porfessionals?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    The Professionals even...

    by DocPazuzu

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    C0ckles

    by C0CKLES

    What's the Blu-Ray transfer like? I've only seen it on TV in crusty TV transfer 4:3. As a kid I always rmembered the scene with the President on Hardy's back which was funny at the time with Apartied still going strong.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I grew an extra testicle just reading that list, Doc!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Uncommon Valour was a great film

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I remember it making me sad as a kid lol You could add the Dirty Dozen to this list too. That film has some real cold shit going on as they pour petrol and bombs onto all the German brass and their wives trapped in the cellar. It was a gloriously un-PC time to be making action film.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah, loves me some Uncommon Valor.

    by DocPazuzu

    That scene in the chopper always chokes me the hell up. "It's... really... good... to see you..." Daaaaammmnnn.....

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    More Suggestions for any list...

    by cushing1967

    Zulu, Play Dirty, Too Late The Hero, Ulzana's Raid, North West Frontier, Ice Cold in Alex, Kelly's Heroes and The Devil's Brigade.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    wasnt there a gay guy in this?

    by CARTMANEZ

    and when he was shooting all the soldiers with a machine gun mowing them all down hes going 'Look at all your lovely arses!!!...what a bloody shame!!'....then he runs out of bullets and they hack him to pieces with machetes

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    cartmanez

    by DocPazuzu

    Yes, and even the gay guy was hard as nails.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    A few more for the ball growing list

    by Con Shonnery

    The Wild Bunch The Magnificent Seven Extreme Prejudice The Vikings

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    "Ffolkes" is also a great Roger Moore movie.

    by KazamaSmokers

    Esther calling Jennifer! Esther calling Jennifer!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Great film - I remember the cyanide gassing scene freaked me out

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Nice hard edge to this movie - great entry in the man on a mission genre.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Great fucking movie....

    by Marshal_Lannes

    Burton, Harris and Moore have so much charisma together its scary....

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Great news, Britgeek. Thanks.

    by Star Hump

    This is the most enjoyable tb I've read In a long time. Looking forward to the retrospective. Have bookmarked quite a few titles from The Grow Your Balls list. Excited to see Play Dirty (Michael Caine!) and Ice Cold in Alex. Somehow missed Extreme Prejudice along the way also. Can't go wrong with that cast and John Milius wrote the screenplay. I'm in. Bring on more Wild Geese stuff.

  • Based on the life of fictitious British actor Sir Norbert Smith, featuring scenes from Dogs of Death. All-action World War II epic featuring a cast of veteran actors such as Richard Smashed, Dick Booze, Oliver Guinness and Peter O’Pissed, parodying films like The Wild Geese. Check 5mins 25secs in http://tinyurl.com/cvcpwlo

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Savour this TB lads, it's one of the rare ones that is 100 percent love!

    by Adam Stephen Kelly

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    donlogan

    by cushing1967

    Norbert Smith - A Life is one of the things that should have been released on DVD but never ever was - I've basically humped about 4 VHS copies of it simply by watching it so much. The Dogs of Death is a high point But it is surrounded by class - from Oh Mr Porter with Will Silly all the way through to Carry on Banging it is genius.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Wild Geese rocked

    by Kevin Beck

    I haven't seen it in 30 years but would jump at the chance to see it again.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    is Shout At the Devil...

    by Kevin Beck

    available on DVD? I'd love to see that one again too.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The Sir Norbert Smith stuff is a riot

    by Star Hump

    Still laughing. Michael Caine as Rover threw me for a loop but the interview and Dogs of Death Footage was equally great.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Smith standing at his workshop bench just sawing a brick

    by Star Hump

    It's bits like that that make for comedy gold. Not to mention when he's disarmed by the Nazi in Dogs of Death, puts down his gun, and immediately picks up a drink - his men wheezing and groaning behind him. Too much...

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Norbert Smith

    by DocPazuzu

    Downloading as we speak.