The Dogs of War (1980)

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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

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29 July 1999 | yenlo
Hazards of the Soldier of Fortune profession.
Taken from the Frederick Forsyth novel of the same name. The screenplay is not as good as the book, which went into detail about mercenary operations but does do a good job in telling a mercenary tale. Christopher Walken leads a team of Soldiers of Fortune to overthrow a corrupt and brutal coastal African government. Unlike 1978's The Wild Geese this shows a more sinister side of the hazards of being a mercenary. One point in the film in order to make money Walkens character Shannon takes a contract to do a "Recon" mission on a country. He goes alone and nearly loses his life. When he returns to the states his doctor gives him a rundown on the many wounds and diseases he's had over the years attributed to his profession. Another point Shannon tells a group of Army regulars that Mercenaries only provide support and tactics and it's actually their fight. If they fold in combat the hired soldier can find themselves in a bad situation. Plenty of explosions along with small arms warfare that includes a unique grenade launching submachine gun weapon. If you're a war film fan you'll enjoy. Other mercenary films to check out are 1968's Dark of the Sun and the above mentioned The Wild Geese.

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