The Wild Geese

Synopsis: A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader.
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: Tango Entertainment
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Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

# Sad are the eyes

# Yet no tears,

# The flight of the wild geese

# Brings a new hope

# Rescued from all this...

# old friends

# And those newly found,

# What chance to make it last?

# When there's danger all around

# And reason just ups and disappears

# Time is running out

# So much to be done

# Tell me what more...

# tell me what more

# What more can we do?

# There were promises made

# Plans firmly laid

# Now madness prevails

# And lies fill the air

# What more... what more

# What more can we do?

# What chance to make it last?

# What more...

# What more can we do?

Colonel Faulkner

- You're late

- Sorry

We thought it better for you to come

into the country without

going through immigration

Took a bit of doing

I assume you're keen

I am. I'm also cold and tired.

Could we move rather rapidly on?

This way, sir

Colonel Faulkner,

I'm Thomas Balfour

How do you do

You'll be meeting Sir Edward Matherson

Matherson the merchant banker?

That's correct


What do I call you? "SIR Edward"?

You do

You drink whiskey, I take it,

soda or water?

Large and straight, thank you

Good of you to come at such short notice

That depends on your definition of good

A first-class air ticket and an unsigned

cheque for 2,000

are persuasive

I assume that's for

my time and my trouble

And a rather rough meal on the plane

Would you be good enough to sign?

Thank you

Another, please

Please, feel free with my whisky

I will

Thanks I'm dry when I work

So I've heard

There's a special clause in my contracts

that says that my liver is to be

buried separately, with honours

I'm not a very humorous man

So I've noticed

Tell me what happened with your contract

with Julius Limbani

You know very well what happened

You didn't pick my name out of a hat

It was a disastrous failure

But not my failure. He didn't arrive

Don't move

Mr Limbani, sorry to interrupt your nap

We are going to divert the plane. An old

friend of yours is waiting for you

Just sit quietly

That was two years ago

I've got your autograph Sir Edward. Why?

- Copper.

- Copper?

Now let's see if I can put all of the

pieces together

just for the exercise

General Ndofa was the most corrupt

dictator in Africa,

deposing Limbani as head of state

Do you mind if I cut through all of this?

Uganda agreed

to hold Limbani for them

then they refused to give him back

They announced that he died of a heart

attack, then they set him free

The dogs

Ndofa can't stand the chance of Limbani

reincarnated taking over his country

So he's offered some of our copper


in return for the secret delivery

of Limbani into his hands

And you want me to intercept him

and deliver him to you


Where do I find him?

He'll be moved across the border and

taken to an army barracks at Zembala

Now Ndofa leaves Gurundi the same day

and personally execute Limbani and

scatter his ashes

Any questions?

For the moment, just two

First when can we confirm the exact

date of arrival of Limbani at Zembala?

7 days in advance

- guaranteed

- Good

And two, can you hold General Ndofa in


while I'm grabbing Limbani?

That can be done

Excellent. That's all for now

Don't you wish to discuss

your fees and expenses?

Well first of all I have to determine

if the project is feasible

If it is, I'll send you my account

I don't discuss fees, I get what I want

I realise you get paid for

risking your life

I do hope it's not going to be

too valuable. Goodbye Faulkner

We shan't be seeing each other again,

it's been a great pleasure

Here we are

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Reginald Rose

Reginald Rose was an American film and television writer most widely known for his work in the early years of television drama. Rose's work is marked by its treatment of controversial social and political issues. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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