The Dogs of War

1980

Action / Adventure / Drama / War

34
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 68%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 7837

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Christopher Walken as Jamie Shannon
Jim Broadbent as Film Crew
Ed O'Neill as Terry
Tom Berenger as Drew
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869.47 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
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1.85 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cobram-1 9 / 10

"Importation Tax, Airport Tax"

This movie is the most realistic treatment I've seen of what real mercenary operations and business travels are like. Any who have traveled to third world hell holes like "Zangaro" feel as though they must have had a camera following them around to get the background for this movie, the airport arrival, the hotel holding passports, the "tour guide" and the bar toast are as realistic as you can get. If you like movies that show the real nitty gritty, the backdoor politics, the backstabbing and intrigue that is international diplomacy catch this one the next time it's on cable.

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 7 / 10

Quite interesting

Shannon (Christopher Walken) is a mercenary war who accepted for the sum of 15,000 dollars to fly to a fictional country in West Africa on a survey mission to procure military information concerning the stability of a dictator's regime, his position strength, and if there is any chance for a coup?

Posing as an American naturalist—especially in native birds—Shannon landed in Zangaro and gathered all the facts he needed but after suffering a brutal beating from the guards for taking pictures of one of the mistresses of the dictator's in front of his compound…

When he's offered a large amount of money to gather a well-equipped mercenary force and go back to Zangaro and lead a military takeover, he reluctantly assents…

The assault has authority, power and unexpected... consequences. So don't miss it!

Reviewed by adrian-43767 9 / 10

Very pertinent and well observed film

I agree with those who rate this the best film ever about mercenaries.

That said, it is no masterpiece and, just from the photography, one can tell that this production was run on a very tight budget. It boasts one of Walken's best performances, an emergent Berenger gets a significant part, and Blakely is dead on as the British journalist trying to learn more about what he suspects will be a coup in West Africa's imaginary country Zangaro.

Cardiff's photography is very competent, within the above-mentioned obvious budget limitations, direction very effective, screenplay also very to the point and insightful about the ripples caused by a dictator solely intent on staying in power.

The screenplay also has some chillingly funny moments, notably the passage with the guide who apparently does not speak a word of English and keeps making bird sounds. The sequence at the airport, when Shannon arrives in Zangaro, is also exceptional dark comedy, because it is so close to the reality of many African countries in the 1980s.

It shows how much corruption can erode society, leaving it with no values - apart from survival at any cost.

The way that the mercenaries go about obtaining weapons, and those weapons' capacity for destruction, reveals the ruthlessness of men with a mission. I found the ending very appropriate, even if Walken takes the law into his hands (but was there law in Zangaro in the first place?)

The action sequences are quite credible, even if all the explosions at the end of the movie seem excessive.

Ultimately, the single thing I liked most about "Dogs of War" was its honesty and courage. I was living in Africa when it came out, and it was a quite vivid portrait of what I witnessed in several African countries -- but today, what with all the "political correctness" of movies, this film would never have been shot, let alone financed.

My rating of 9 is to reward that honesty and that courage.

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