The Dogs of War
The Dogs of War (1980)

Adapted from the Frederick Forsythe novel, Dogs of War focuses on a mercenary named Shannon (Christopher Walken), who is hired by a wealthy businessman to topple a small African government. An initial reconnaissance mission goes haywire,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The Dogs of War can be recommended only as a desperate snack for rabid tastes.

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Gilbert Adair
Monthly Film Bulletin

Completing the tableau is the requisite whiff of Boy's Own Fascism, too diffuse to spoil our entertainment but tangible nevertheless.

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Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

A bonafide classic. Walken is terrific

Time Out

This is just another weary hack job from a rootless British film industry in decline.

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People Magazine

Long on plot and short on character.

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Christopher Null

The Dogs of War is a guilty pleasure that is now old enough it sometimes actually pops up on Turner Classic Movies.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Walken is unusually convincing in a difficult, hermetic kind of role.

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TV Guide

[An] action film that will evaporate from the memory shortly after the end credits roll.

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Brian Mckay

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
It's an okay movie with good actors, but I was wanting to see more action, and this is mostly a dramatic film about life after the war. Felt like it could… More
Khris N
Classic and undderated! Noone gives this mercenary war movie enuff credit - it deserves heaps more! Christopher Walken is Shannon, the mercenary hired to… More