Guns at Batasi

Guns at Batasi

John Guillermin (1964)

PG Certificate


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.


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
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Other Information

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