Guns of Darkness

Guns of Darkness

Anthony Asquith (1962)

A Certificate


Our Score
A minor film from director Anthony Asquith, but extremely interesting nonetheless, despite the all-too-obvious overuse of Elstree interiors, doubling for a swampy South America where pacifist planter David Niven and pregnant wife Leslie Caron find themselves aiding revolutionaries. As with Asquith's similar "moral dilemma" movies Carrington VC and Orders to Kill, this promises more intellectually than it delivers cinematically, although the novel on which John Mortimer's confused screenplay is based, Francis Clifford's Act of Mercy, is very good indeed. Niven's motivation seems unclear, and his character's boorishness makes him hard to like, let alone understand, while Caron's part is seriously underwritten. There's excellent support, though, from David Opatoshu and James Robertson-Justice.


An English couple head for the border during a South American revolution - along with the leader who has just been overthrown. Drama, starring Leslie Caron and David Niven.

Cast & Crew

Tom Jordan David Niven
Claire Jordan Leslie Caron
Hugo Bryant James Robertson-Justice
President Rivera David Opatoshu
Hernandez Derek Godfrey
Bastian Richard Pearson (1)
Mrs Bastian Eleanor Summerfield
Dr Swann Ian Hunter (1)
Lieutenant Gomez Sandor Eles
Gabriel Steven Scott
Gabriel's cousin Tutte Lemkow
Nightclub singer Dorita Sensier
Director Anthony Asquith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Mondial Films LtdAvailable on: DVD