Johnny Mad Dog

Synopsis: Johnny Mad Dog, maybe 15, leads a band of boy soldiers in a civil war in an unnamed African country. "Don't want to die? Don't be born" is one of their shouted mottoes. We follow Mad Dog and his crew - No Good Advice, Butterfly, Chicken Hair, and others - as they kill, pillage rape, interrogate, and terrorize on their march to the capital. They take a TV station and lead an assault on the President's residence. We also follow Laokole, about Johnny age, as she tries to hold together her family of brother and disabled father. Is there more than chaos and inhumanity here? At war since age 10, has Johnny anything inside?
Genre: Drama, War
Production: MNP Entreprise
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

This way!

Get out!

Get your ass here!

Open the door!

You, get out!

What you doing?

Bring your ass here!

Where you going?

Hey you!

With the others!

Shut up!


Any government troops here?

You wanna argue?

You dead!

- You hiding troops!

- No, my son.

Where's the food?

You don't wanna talk?

We live here, my brother.

I'm not your brother!

You're just a stupid old man.

Give it up!

He's talking to you, man!

Take that TV!

The food!

We're fighting a war!

We're hungry.

You're a fighter!

You're a Dogo fighter!

You f***ing Dogo man!

Stand up!

Women here!

Men there!


Find the money!

Take off your f***ing shirt!

Check for weapons.

- Where are your guns?

- Got no weapons.

Take off your shirt!

Give me that ring.

Hands in the air!

Where you hiding your guns?

You don't have guns?

Old man, you think I'm stupid?

Where's the f***ing money?

I got no money, brother.

- F***ing liar!

- No.

- Where's the money?

- Don't kill me!

Where you hide the f***ing money

in this village?

Search them!

Are you a crybaby?

Are you a f***ing crybaby?

Listen up, gentlemen, shut up!

Why all the f***ing noise?

We need some money.

We need some money.

No money.

- Sure you got no money?

- We're suffering here.

- You have to pay for the war.

- We got no money.

You're a liar.

Where are the kids in the village?

- No kids here.

- You sure?

I'm telling you.

- And the government soldiers?

- None here.

Where are they?

They just pass through.

- You look like a soldier.

- I'm not a soldier.

You sure?

The house is empty.

Check under the beds!

Who's there?

Hey you!

- Get up!

- Please!

Move! Go!

- I hate crybabies.

- Don't kill me.

- F***ing crybaby!

- Don't kill me, my son.

F***ing p*ssy.

What the f*** you doing

with my wife's wedding dress?

That's my wedding dress!

- F***ing soldier!

- Who is he?

- My son.

- Your son?

You hiding him from us?

- He won't fight the war?

- He's not a fighter.

- He's an enemy!

- No, he's a student.

A f***ing fighter!

- So, no kids here?

- He's my son!

- He's an enemy!

- He can't go to war!

He's a fighter!

Shut up!

Get up!

Please! Leave him alone!

Show us what you can do.

Shouldn't have hid him.

We'll kill you.

Give him your rifle.

Don't kill me, please!

Leave him alone.

Please! Leave him alone!

Please, I beg you, please.

Please, he's my son!

He can't go to war.

Kill your father or you die!

We've all done it.

Kill him!

Or I kill you.


Kill him now!

No, he's a student.

F***ing enemy!

Kill him!

Let's go!

...facing the violent offensive

by rebel factions

who are now 12 miles from the city.

Government forces have deployed

and claim to control the situation.

In a statement from the President,

he said, and I quote,

"I'm waiting for the imminent

intervention of UN forces. "


Come on, let's go.

No men, no war!

- Death dealer!

- No die, no rest!

- You don't wanna die...

- Don't be born!

- I make a face!

- Stay away from me!

Cover your ass!

Gentlemen, our mission

is to capture the TV station.

Yes, sir!

Before we attack the TV station,

we make sure we're ready,

we get in the spirit, one by one.

- Mad Dog!

- Yes, sir, general.

This coke will jack you up.

War cry!

Who's there?

Who the f*** is there?

You're a f***ing Dogo man.

You work for the Dogo president.

Where you going?

Open up!

F***ing stop!

Give me your bag.

No Good Advice, hold the bag.

- You know this woman here?

- No.


I've seen her somewhere before.

She's the one who gives the news.

She's the newswoman.

She talks about us, says we're rebels,

coming to kill the people.

- That's Tanya Toyo.

- I don't know that woman.

You sure you're Tanya Toyo?

You sure?

A f***ing Dogo woman!

You see how fine she is?

You wanna escape from us?

My advice, kill the woman.

Please. Please.

What's that look mean?

Where's the government money?

I'll f*** you today.

You talk about us! I'll f*** you!

No Good Advice, hold my gun.

Spread your legs.

You make fun of us.

I beg you.

Spread your legs!

Look, she's acting like she's scared.

Chief, I wanna do her too.

Be honest when you talk about us.

No Good Advice, she's all yours.

Spread your legs!

I'm gonna f*** you!

The war has displaced people.

Most families have lost relatives

and loved ones.

I lost six family members:

my mother, my grandmother,

my father...

Suddenly, the rebels show up

and grab your people,

three or four family members,

and kill them in front of you.

You're forced to laugh.

The kids, they say, "Laugh. "

And if you cry, you die.

When I sit and think,

I just don't know.

I got nobody around to advise me.


I didn't lay eyes on my mother.

I left for one week

and they killed all of them.

Who are you?

Death dealer.

- Password?

- No die, no rest.

I'm General Dirty Soldier!

I'm No Good Advice.

No men, no war!

- What the what!

- What the f***!

- I make a face!

- Stay away from me!

Cover your ass!

The war cry!

Call me Mad Dog.

I'm No Good Advice!

We're f***ing soldiers!

I'm Young Major.

We'll f*** up the dogs!

I'm Small Devil,

and I'll rip your heart out!

No need to be f***ing around.

No need to be wasting time.

I wanna be a Ranger.

A Ranger was a motherf***er.

A Ranger was a brave soldier.

- Am I right or wrong?

- You right.

- Tell me if I'm wrong.

- You damn f***ing right.

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Emmanuel Dongala

Emmanuel Boundzéki Dongala (born 1941) is a Congolese chemist and novelist. He was Richard B. Fisher Chair in Natural Sciences at Bard College at Simon's Rock until 2014.In 1997, he was dean of Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville when war broke out in the Republic of Congo. Bard College president Leon Botstein, who has aided a number of refugee professors, offered him a job teaching chemistry at the American college. As a chemist, his specialty is stereochemistry and asymmetric synthesis, as well as environmental toxicology. He is the author of a number of award-winning novels including Johnny Mad Dog (French: Johnny Chien Méchant) and Little Boys Come from the Stars. His work is featured in the Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry, and he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. There is a film based on his book Johnny Mad Dog, a 2008 French-Liberian film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and starring Christopher Minie, Daisy Victoria Vandy, Dagbeh Tweh, Barry Chernoh, Mohammed Sesay and Joseph Duo. He was winner of the 2004 Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE for Johnny chien méchant. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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