The Dogs of War

Synopsis: Jamie Shannon is a soldier of fortune -- a mercenary who will stage a coup or a revolution for the right price. He is hired by British mining interests to scout out Zangaro, a small African nation with rich mineral deposits but a brutal and xenophobic dictatorship. Arrested soon after his arrival, Shannon is imprisoned as a spy, badly beaten, and tortured. While in prison he meets one of the country's leading intellectuals, Dr. Okoye, also imprisoned by the regime. Eventually released, he returns to London and is subsequently offered to opportunity to secretly invade Zangaro's capital and lead a military coup. Shannon accepts, but quietly has his own agenda to pursue.
Director(s): John Irvin
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Come on! Get the lead out!

Run the f***ers over!

Come on, Jamie!

Come on! Get up!

Get up!

This plane is for members of

the provisional government only.

Which of your men do I kill

to make room for mine?

Get in! Get in!

Straight ahead.

Everybody look straight ahead.

Stop it!

This man's dead! Get him out!

He's alive, you pimp!

Everybody comes with me

goes home.

Let's go.

Let's see this thing fly!

What name have you given

to your child?

Richard Patrick Miller.

And what do you ask of

God's Church for your child?


If your faith makes you ready

to accept this responsibility...

renew now the vows

of your own baptism.

Reject sin.

Profess faith in Jesus Christ.

This is

the faith of the Church...

This is the faith

in which this child...

is about to be baptized.

Do you reject Satan?

- I do.

- I do.

And all his works?

- I do.

- Yes, I do.

And all his empty promises?

- I do.

- I do.

Let me hear from you.

I want to know

how the kid's doing.

Where he goes to school.

All that.

When Richard deserted

in Vietnam...

I wish you'd had him arrested...

instead of bringing him back

and covering for him.

He was yours after that.

He wanted you to be

the baby's godfather...

so you are.

Don't come around anymore,


Come on, Jamie!

No mail.

What is this, Watergate again?

Don't give me

that Watergate stuff.

- Look at you.

- What's the matter with me?

I was good enough for you

when you married me.

I can't stand looking at you.

No wonder I haven't

got any money to...

I work 14 hours a day...

Do dogs get too fat?

Now, we also heard

of a woman in Los Angeles...

who will write a song

for your dog.

You send her a picture

of your pet...

along with a biography

and $75...

and she'll send you

a cassette...

a musical portrait

of your pooch.

You got any money?

What's it to you?

You can al ways be a beggar

when you grow up.


No, I don't know him.

How'd you get up here?


The corporate interests

I represent...

contemplate investing several

hundred million dollars...

in the development of

certain resources in Zangaro.

- Where?

- West Africa.

Do you read the papers,

Mr. Shannon?

The president, Olu Kimba,

is frequently on the front page.

Yeah. Go on.

Before money is invested

in Zangaro...

we have to know a lot more...

about the stability

of Kimba's regime.

Is a coup d'tat imminent...

or even possible?

We have to know.

You can get that information

through an embassy.

Who the hell do you think

has diplomatic relations...

with a maniac like Kimba?

I don't know.

Mr. Shannon, the world is

running short of commodities.

One day,

we'll go to war over rice.

The job pays $10,000.


Half tomorrow,

the rest when I get back.

It's only a reconnaissance.

- Did you steal this?

- No.

- You sure?

- I don't steal.

- You got 35 to 100.

- That's good.

What do you know

about bird-watching?


Don't stand right under them.

- How long you'll be gone?

- A week.

Watch yourself, Jamie.

- Red on red?

- Pull it out.

I'm not back in a month

to two years...

you and Drew come get me.

You bet.

He was in here last week.

He wanted me to go

bear-hunting with him...

in Canada

with a bow and arrow.


Seemed like a damn messy way

to be killed to me.

- He go?

- I don't know.

He told me about the baptism.

That's damn fine.

You'll be a hell of a godfather.

I'll see you.

You got a godfather?

Going in with

such a conspicuous cover...

is unnecessarily risky.

I need a reason

to be there with a camera.

Go as a tourist.

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Gary DeVore

Gary DeVore (September 17, 1941 – June 28, 1997) was a Hollywood screenwriter best known for Raw Deal and for his bizarre death in 1997. more…

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