Guns at Batasi

Guns at Batasi

John Guillermin (1964)

98min
PG Certificate
ADVERTISEMENT

Review

Our Score
Overlooked on its release as a routine piece of stiff-upper-lip-manship, this film is, in fact, a fascinating epitaph for the British Empire and a slew of movies about Imperial derring-do. Set in an Africa well brushed by what Harold Macmillan called "the wind of change", it's the story of insurrection in a newly independent state and what the resident British army does about it: nothing except stew and simmer. Staunchly traditional, it's also subversive and satirical, with a stand-out performance by Richard Attenborough as the apoplectic RSM. Mia Farrow appears in her screen debut as a Swedish UN official.

Summary

Rebels besiege the headquarters of a British battalion garrisoned in Africa, enraged by the officers' refusal to give up a prisoner. Meanwhile, the sergeant major struggles to maintain order in his increasingly tense surroundings. Drama, starring Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson and Mia Farrow.

Cast & Crew

RSM Lauderdale Richard Attenborough
Lt Col Deal Jack Hawkins
Miss Barker-Wise Flora Robson
Karen Ericksson Mia Farrow
Pte Wilkes John Leyton
Lt Boniface Errol John
Capt Abraham Earl Cameron
Mr Fletcher Cecil Parker
Director John Guillermin
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama