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Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Wild Geese (1978)

When it comes to movies about war/soldiers/mercenaries, etc, I prefer the traditional British model more than the typically boisterous American one. TWG is the former. In it Richard Burton is hired to perform an under the radar deed for a sizeable wage. He can't do it alone, however, so he enlists the help of his pals, Roger Moore and Richard Harris, thereby increasing the old-guy charisma level threefold. (Kudos also to the great supporting cast.)
The standard recruit and training phases have a nice balance of serious and comical moments, reminding us that it's just a movie despite the sensitive political nature surrounding its production and release. The actual politics in the script aren't as well-integrated as they could've been, but they serve a purpose and have a powerful, lingering quality.

3½ persuaders out of 5

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