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The Wild Geese

Nothing less than a ’70s British version of The Expendables, with Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore leading a band of retired mercenaries into Africa to extract a political prisoner. The action has dated roughly as well as the humour (as the crew make out pre-mission wills, the gay medic leaves everything to his proctologist) and a plotline involving Harris’ cherubic young son has all the emotional subtlety of throttling a kitten. But slide past the off-colour politics and big-print plotting and there’s still plenty to enjoy in watching three screen giants striding manfully about the colonies, with a supporting army of familiar character actors behind.

This text originally appeared in Total Film magazine

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