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Story

Back before Christopher Walken became a caricature of himself, when he was still considered a rising actor based on his Oscar® for The Deer Hunter, he made this graphic, exciting action film, about a group of professional mercenaries. Walken leads a band of soldiers of fortune, who are hired to overthrow a dictator in West Africa (think Idi Amin). But when their mission is compromised by political and monetary forces, Walken returns to the United States, disillusioned, battered, and not sure the high life of lawyers, guns, and money is really for him. Still, vengeance is sweet, as his partner, Tom Berenger, keeps whispering into his ear. A better film than it's generally given credit for, The Dogs of War features the kind of cool, detached performance Walken used to be capable of, before he began believing both the hype and ridicule about his over-the-top style. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Christopher WalkenJamie Shannon
Tom BerengerDrew
Paul FreemanDerek
JoBeth WilliamsJessie
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.The Captain
Ed O'NeillTerry
George HarrisCol. Bobi
Hugh QuarshieZangaron Officer
Jim BroadbentFilm Crew

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: John Irvin
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 102 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 13, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 20, 2001
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