The Dogs of War is a 1980 United Artists war film based on the novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth, written in 1974. Directed by John Irvin and starring Christopher Walken and Tom Berenger, the film depicts the efforts of mercenaries Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) and Drew Blakely (Tom Berenger) to stage a coup in the fictional Republic of Zangaro on behalf of a British tycoon who seeks to gain access to large deposits of platinum in the country. Jamie Shannon returns home after fleeing a war-torn country in Central America with five fellow mercenaries. Here he is approached by shady British businessman Roy Endean (Hugh Millais), who pays him to go on a reconnaissance mission to Zangaro. He meets a documentary filmmaker named North (Colin Blakely), and learns more about Zangaro's corrupt military dictatorship led by President Kimba. After Shannon is arrested and badly beaten by the country's security forces, he is soon ready to seek revenge.