Lots of Bangs for Your Buck

Lewis Collins in Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)

In Hong Kong, DEA man Fletcher (Ernest Borgnine) employs the services of Commander Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins) and the mercenaries who work for him to take on a special mission. The mission is to enter the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia and over throw a dictator who is a major source of the Opium being shipped to the West. But the mission doesn't go to plan and as Wesley loses some of his men it becomes a battle of survival to get out of the country.

It's a good day when you learn something new and as I looked for information on "Code Name: Wild Geese" I came across it being called a "macaroni combat" movie. I can't remember having heard that term before although I am pretty sure I stumbled across the alternative "Euro War" moniker a few years back. Anyway what it means in the context of "Code Name: Wild Geese" is an Italian made war film which mimics what Hollywood was doing with the likes of the "Dirty Dozen" where we have a group of men sent on a dangerous mission but it doesn't have the production value of a Hollywood movie.

Lee Van Cleef in Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)

Now forget the lack of production and "Code Name: Wild Geese" has all the ingredients you expect from such a movie; the dangerous mission, the conflict between some of the team, the declining numbers as some people get killed whilst things don't go exactly as planned and it become a battle to get out of the country. It also has Lewis Collins delivering a typical action man role alongside some big names in Lee Van Cleef and Ernest Borgnine. In truth "Code Name: Wild Geese" has all the parts they just don't seem to be put together in the best way.

So yes that brings me back to the production and from blurred cinematography to heavy handed editing it ends up a weaker and typical mid 80s Euro movie, the sort where the voices don't always match up with the actor's lips. I have a real feeling that movies like "Code Name: Wild Geese" only really work for those who were young and enjoyed "macaroni combat" movies back when they were being made but when stumbled across later on in life they end up feeling inferior and a bit of a chore.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "Code Name: Wild Geese" had all the ingredients to be a good action movie the production values let it down for me and found it all a bit of a chore to watch due to the heavy handed editing and inconsistent cinematography.

Movie Recommendations


Stealth (2005)

Having been selected from over 400 candidates pilots Ben Gannon, Kara Wade ...

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

After being sent to prison for his rampage in the woods John Rambo (Sylvest ...

The Hard Corps

The Hard Corps (2006)

When gangsta rapper Terrell Singletery (Viv Leacock) is given early parole ...

Missing in Action

Missing in Action (1984)

Many years after having escaped from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp Colo ...

Kill Speed

Kill Speed (2010)

Sean Strayger (Andrew Keegan - 10 Things I Hate About You) and his friends ...

Killing Moon

Killing Moon (2000)

Just as a passenger is about to board a plane his friend croaks it in the a ...


Shadowheart (2009)

As a boy James (Justin Ament) witnessed town drunk and bully Will Tunney (A ...


Vampires (1998)

Jack Crow (James Woods - Contact) is the leader of a team of vampire slayer ...

Silicon Towers

Silicon Towers (1999)

Charlie Reed (Jonathan Quint) is considering moving on from his current job ...

Bare Witness

Bare Witness (2002)

Hired assassin Gav Reed (Mark Sivertsen) has just finished banging a hooker ...

Crash Point Zero

Crash Point Zero (2001)

Maurice Hunter (John Beck) and his daughter Nadia (Julie St. Claire) are on ...

Pretend You Don

Pretend You Don't See Her (2002)

Lacey Farrell (Emma Samms) is a New York realtor who is asked to oversee th ...

Hit and Run

Hit and Run (1999)

Joanna Kendall (Margaret Colin) has the perfect life; a nice house, a good ...

Odd Girl Out

Odd Girl Out (2005)

Vanessa Snyder (Alexa PenaVega) is part of the in crowd at school, the grou ...

Naughty or Nice

Naughty or Nice (2004)

Henry Ramiro (George Lopez - The Spy Next Door) makes a living by being mea ...

Follow The Movie Scene

Follow The Movie Scene on Twitter Like The Movie Scene on facebook Join The Movie Scene on Gplus Subscribe to The Movie Scene's RSS