The Dogs of War (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Dogs of War (1980)




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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, however, and Shannon ends up in prison; A fellow inmate, renowned as a freedom fighter, provides the information he needs to complete the mission.

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Christopher Walken
as Jamie Shannon
Robert Urquhart
as Capt. Lockhart
Winston Ntshona
as Dr. Okoye
Kelvin Thomas
as Black Boy
Shane Rimmer
as Dr. Oaks
Bruce McLane
as Shop Manager
George Harris
as Col. Bobi
David Schofield
as Endean's Man
Tony Mathews
as Bank Vice President
John Quentin
as Party Guest
Jack Lenoir
as Boucher
Martin LaSalle
as Customs Officer
Andre Penvern
as Policeman
Mario Sanchez
as Customs Officer
Maggie Scott
as Gabrielle
Hugh Quarshie
as Zangaron Officer
Olu Jacobs
as Customs Officer
Kenny Ireland
as Film Crew
Jim Broadbent
as Film Crew
Joanne Flanagan
as Godmother
Robert Berger
as Poker Player
William Cain
as Poker Player
Russell T. Carr
as Poker Player
Jose Rabelo
as Hotel Clerk
Victoria Tennant
as Dinner Party Guest
Erica Creer
as Dinner Party Guest
Sheila Ruskin
as Dinner Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Dogs of War

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

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

December 18, 2015 | Full Review…

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

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Walken has rarely delivered such an earthy, physical performance.

February 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The end is pure '80s action entertainment.

October 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Those waiting to see a great war spectacle will be disappointed. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dogs of War

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 have had a better balance of those two. I was bored.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Classic and undderated! Noone gives this mercenary war movie enuff credit - it deserves heaps more! Christopher Walken is Shannon, the mercenary hired to subvert a small African nation for high paying executives - until his encounter as a prisoner and his morality takes charge in his firestorm war against the totalitarian government. WONDERFUL!

Khris N
Khris N

Super Reviewer

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