Burt Lancaster originally hoped to play the part of Rafer Janders who in Carney’s book was an American living in London. The thirteen survivors finally manage to land at Kariba Airport , Rhodesia , but Limbani dies from a gunshot wound sustained during the escape. An Irish missionary living there informs the group of an old Douglas Dakota transport aircraft nearby that they can use to escape. Views Read Edit View history. Janders is shot in the leg and unable to board the departing airplane.
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David Ladd’s ramatrading girlfriend in the film was played by Anna Bergmanthe daughter of Ingmar Bergman. Most of the military equipment used in the film came from the South African army.
Faulkner fulfills his promise to Janders by visiting Emile at his boarding school. Northern Irish actor Stephen Boyda close friend of Lloyd’s, was originally set to star as Sandy Young, the sergeant major who trains the mercenaries before their mission. This later became a more common practice in ot film industry, but was unusual at the time. Retrieved 3 August — via www.
All three pieces are included on the soundtrack album, as well as the song “Dogs of War” that featured lyrics sung by the Scots Guards to Budd’s themes.
Shawn Armatradiing, a former RAF pilot. Rosalind Lloydwho played Heather, is Euan Lloyd’s daughter. The mercenaries fly to Swazilandwhere they are whipped into shape. So Andrew butchered my performance thee not understanding that you can play a part by listening. Kani made his debut in the film after years of acting and stage performances with Winston Ntshona. This page was last edited on 12 Novemberat Kani and Ntshona say they both turned down roles in the film at first after hearing it would be about mercenaries.
Lloyd had offered the part of the banker Matheson to his friend Joseph Cotten. With the cast made up from so many veteran actors, Baker claimed that the only reason he stayed alive in the plot so long was that he was one of the few actors young and fit enough to carry President Limbani for armatradlng period of time.
Budd used Borodin ‘s String Quartet No.
Fynn also brings in Pieter Coetzee, a former soldier in the South African Defence Force who wishes only to return home and buy a farm. Janders is shot in the leg and unable to board the departing airplane.
Her mother, actress Jane Hyltonplayed Mrs Young.
Ladd played the drug-dealing gfese of a London-based mob boss Jeff Coreyand Baker played the young mercenary Esposito. The music, by Roy Buddoriginally included an overture and end title music, but both of these were replaced by “Flight of the Wild Geese”, written and performed by Joan Armatrading. One group rescues an alive, though sick, Limbani from a heavily guarded prison, while another group takes over a small, nearby airfield to await pickup. Palitoy based the figure “Tom Stone” part of the Action Man team on the character Blake after looking at the pre-production photos and posters of the film.
Ntshona was Limbani in the film and continued to make many more films with Kani after The Wild Geese.
If he’d misbehaved and he’d started losing days it would have come out of my pocket. Warned of the protest, producer Lloyd brought copies of newspaper articles reporting the film’s premiere in the black township of Sowetowhere it had been received with enthusiasm and approval.
However, scheduling difficulties meant that he also had to be replaced, this time by Stewart Granger. Armatading was planning to reprise his role as Colonel Allen Faulkner, but he died days before filming began.
The same producer and director were later responsible for The Sea Wolves. Armatradin rugby scenes were filmed over a period of two days at Marble Hill Park in Twickenham with extras drafted in from nearby Teddington Boys’ School.
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