The Dogs of War


Action / Adventure / Drama / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 6896


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Christopher Walken as Jamie Shannon
Ed O'Neill as Terry
Jim Broadbent as Film Crew
JoBeth Williams as Jessie
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869.47 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 44 min
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1hr 44 min
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Movie Reviews

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.

Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 7 / 10

Wild Geese's cub!!!

After get respect from Deer Hunter Waken surfing in new project as mercenary leader on a Forsyth's novel adaptation,however the picture take a ride from Wild Geese's formula,it's measure how is short the vision of those producers in that time,even so could be better in little details which they didn't noticed,but a sharp eye realize,souless the movie ain't certanly,have good fresh moments.a few actually,but as entertainment works spent along the picture,some clich├ęs were unnecessary as is former wife Jobeth Williams,but it's a old formula,the action is good,and the final is very predicable!!!


First watch: 1999 / How many: 2 / Cable TV-DVD / Rating: 7

Reviewed by a_chinn 5 / 10

Walken makes dull plot and absent character development watchable

I really wanted to like this film, and it had a lot going for it with a strong cast (Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Paul Freeman, JoBeth Williams, and a young Ed O'Neill) and a solid premise from a Frederick Forsyth novel about mercenaries overthrowing an African dictator for a British executive wanting a more friendly of government for his business interests there. However, the characters were completely underdeveloped, there is nothing revelatory regarding the secret world of mercenaries for hire, and the story focuses on a very dull revenge plot instead of a more intriguing one around non-governmental organizations and geopolitics. In the film's favor, it was shot by ace cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who's shot everything from "The African Queen" to "The Red Shoes" to "Rambo," and director John Irvin certainly knows his way around an action scene. Michael Cimino reportedly did an uncredited rewrite on the script, but it certainly wasn't enough to save the film. Thinking about where this film went wrong and a film that took a similar subject and did is right was "Ronin," where a group of ex-special ops types are for hire to the highest bidder. That film also lacked character development, but it fit the "professionals" type of story, where they were all taking great pains to not reveal anything personal about themselves, but those characters all had believable motivations and there were just enough hints of their pasts to make them interesting and real. With "Ronin" the story was intriguing, the action was exciting, and the performances intense. Walken and Berenger are both strong actors, but they really don't have anything to work with here, so the end results is a pretty big disappointment. Overall, "The Dogs of War" is watchable, but should have been a whole lot better. FUN FACT! Director of photography Cardiff once directed his own film about mercenaries in Africa entitled "Dark of the Sun," which has the distinction of being the first film to feature a character using a chainsaw as a weapon, predating "The Wizard of Gore," "Last House on the Left" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

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