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Dogs of War, The (1980)

Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) is a veteran sickened by his role as a mercenary, but when the amorous reunion with his ex-wife Jesse (JoBeth Williams) falls flat, he changes his mind and opts for the $100,000 offered for the coup d’etat of an African autocracy rich in platinum deposits.

He is first assigned to perform reconnaissance of the state of Zangaro posing as a bird photographer, but when he arrives he is almost immediately suspected of sabotage and beaten and tortured. With no actual evidence, the military police reluctantly allow him to leave the country.

Back home, Shannon rounds up his best men and begins planning an all-out assault on the state to replace the despot Kimba (Ilario Bisi-Pedro) with a puppet ruler – enabling corporate powers to take over the platinum bounty.

He signs up an American ally of the past called Drew (Tom Berenger), a Frenchman called Michel (Jean-François Stévenin), an ex-SAS Englishman called Derek (Paul Freeman) and a small hand-picked army of native fighters prepared to die for their cause.

But, as any red-blooded mercenary will tell you, a small band of men against a garrison of trained soldiers is certain suicide – unless you are blessed with an ace up your sleeve to give you the advantage.

Enter the XM-18 projectile launcher – capable of launching a combination of 18 gas, smoke and explosive rounds over a distance of 200 yards – which promises victory for the mercenaries hiding on the borders of Kimba’s Zangaro.

The Dogs of War is an excellent, realistic retelling of Frederick Forsyth’s mammoth best-seller.

Jamie Shannon
Christopher Walken
Drew
Tom Berenger
North
Colin Blakely
Endean
Hugh Millais
Derek
Paul Freeman
Michel
Jean-François Stévenin
Jessie
JoBeth Williams
Captain Lockhart
Robert Urquhart
Dr Okoye
Winston Ntshona
The Captain
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Richard
Harlan Cary Poe
Terry
Ed O’Neill
Evelyn
Isabel Grandin
Warner
Ernest Graves
The Black Boy
Kelvin Thomas
Dr Oaks
Shane Rimmer
Colonel Bobi
George Harris
Hackett
Terence Rigby
Benny Lambert
Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Baker
Christopher Malcolm
Boucher
Jack Lenoir
Gabrielle
Maggie Scott
Geoffrey
Christopher Asante
Dexter
Thomas Baptiste
Jinja
Eddie Tagoe
Kimba
Ilario Bisi-Pedro

Director
John Irvin