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Dark of the Sun

  • 1967
  • Jack Cardiff
  • 100 mins
  • X

Summary

Adventure starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux and Jim Brown. The Congo, 1960. Mercenary soldier Bruce Curry is put in charge of a dangerous mission to take an armoured train to Port Reprieve to evacuate some residents and prevent a fortune in diamonds falling into the hands of advancing rebel forces. Inevitably, things do not go according to plan.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A tough colonial adventure, based on a Wilbur Smith novel and released in Britain as The Mercenaries, that follows Rod Taylor and Jim Brown as they become entangled in the civil war in the Congo in 1960. Taylor is the man of no principle, until the script's sermonising gets to him, while Brown, as his buddy, plays the Congo native with a conscience. Kenneth More has a brief role as a drunken doctor, Peter Carsten plays an ex-Nazi officer and Yvette Mimieux a French refugee and Taylor's love interest. Directed on location by Jack Cardiff (ace cameraman on films such as The African Queen and The Red Shoes), the film's schoolboy heroics sit awkwardly beside its political rhetoric, but action fans will enjoy the all-stops-out finale.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Bruce CurryRod Taylor
ClaireYvette Mimieux
Sergeant RuffoJim Brown
Dr WreidKenneth More
HenleinPeter Carsten
SurrierOlivier Despax
BussierAndré Morell
DelageGuy Deghy
President UbiCalvin Lockhart
Corporal KatakiBloke Modisane

Crew

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DirectorJack Cardiff

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, swearing.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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