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On behalf of the British and American gouvernment (represented by
Wolfgang Pampel and Ernest Borgnine), Commander Wesley (Lewis Collins) ,
his gang of mercenaries (Manfred Lehmann, Thomas Danneberg, Frank
Glaubrecht, Bruce Baron) and their pilot China (Lee van Cleef) are sent to
the Golden Triangle to destroy a heroin lab and storage run by the
powerful General in the middle of the jungle. The operation itself
runs relatively smoothly - withthe exception that one of them (Frank
Glaubrecht) is badly wounded -, but problems arise when only minutes
before their departure their helicopter is blown up.. Plus, they are
burdened with Mary Robson (Mimsy Farmer), a journalist who was taken
prisoner and pumped up with heroin by the General. Now our little group
has to make their way through the jungle on foot, always hunted by the
enemy, and they learn about a second heroin storage/lab and a heroin
transport train which they decide to also blow up ... since the
Commander's son was killed by a heroin overdose, he is fighting his
private little war against drugs.
But first, our gang seeks shelter with a priest (Alan Collins) havign
his church in the middle of the jungle. ... later the priest is crucified
by the General's men for his efforts when the Commander and his
mercenaries are out blowing up the train.
At long last, our heroes find the second heroin lab/storage ... when
they are suddenly attacked by one of their own superiors, Charlton (Klaus
Kinski), who turns out to be a drug baron in his own right ... but
ultimately he dies when his own operation goes up in flames.
Of all our heroes, only the Commander, China and Mary make it back to
civilisation ... and for the Commander, there is one thing left to do, to
kill Brenner (Hartmut Neugebauer), who also has dirtied his hands in the
drug business, and has personally seen to it that the Commander's son
shoots up and overdoses ...
In the wake of the Rambo-series of films, war/mercenary
movies were suddenly talk of the town for a while, very often cheaply and
badly done reactionary actioners which had little to go for them.
Of these movies, Code Name: Wild Geese is one of the best, it
had a big enough budget, plenty of action, it was competently directed by
Anthony M.Dawson, a specialist in many genres, and it featured a cool
cast made up of many (B-)veterans. Ultimately of course, the film is
totally neglectable, but at the same time it doesn't insult the audience
like so many similar movies, and is quite entertaining if you don't expect