The Dogs of War
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Christopher Walken stars in John Irvin's graphic adaptation of Frederick Forsythe's novel about a mercenary sent to overthrow the government of an African country. Walken is Shannon, an American soldier of fortune who has staged incidents in Central America and Africa that helped topple governments. Shannon decides to take on one more mission when American businessman Endean (Hugh Millais), working for a large mining company wanting to move into an African country, hires Shannon to scout out the terrain of the country and see if the government is weak enough to be overthrown. Shannon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"This is just another weary hack job from a rootless British film industry in decline."
‑ , Time Out
"[An] action film that will evaporate from the memory shortly after the end credits roll."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cry Havoc . . . and wake me up for the last 15 minutes. Not a bad film, but it is a bit of a mixed bag. I just wish that bag had held a higher body count."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A bonafide classic. Walken is terrific"
‑ Clint Morris, Tsunami Magazine
"Long on plot and short on character."
‑ , People Magazine
"The Dogs of War is a guilty pleasure that is now old enough it sometimes actually pops up on Turner Classic Movies."
‑ Christopher Null,
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