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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 03 Jul 1968 /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
||Director: Jack Cardiff,
||Stars: Adventure, Drama, War
||Synopsis: A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue $25 million in uncut diamonds.
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This is an excellent film and definitely one of Rod Taylor's best
performances. Taylor is Curry, a mercenary commander in the Congo,
during the Katanga secession. Jim Brown is his friend and number two, a
US educated Congolese. Taylor plays Curry as a true mercenary of the
period: ruthless, greedy, loyal to his comrades, and distrustful of his
rivals and employers.
The film mixes two different periods of the civil wars in the Congo;
the Katanga secession in 1960 and the Simba revolt in 1964. The
original book is set squarely during the Katanga period and involves
the Baluba war, not the Simba's. However both periods were exemplified
by brutality on all sides. The film accurately portrays the enmity
between the Katanga forces and the UN troops sent to intervene. It also
accurately depicts the Belgian interests in Katanga.
Much like the train the mercenaries ride, the film starts out slow and
builds up steam along the route. By the end, it's a runaway that comes
crashing to its end. This is war and humanity at its worst, make no
mistake. The closest I can come to finding a "good guy" is Jim Brown,
the soldier who wants his country to be free and have its place in the
The Nazi character was based on an actual German mercenary in the
Congo, Siegfried Mueller. Mueller was noted for wearing the Iron Cross,
which he earned in the Second World War, on his uniform. The film
makers changed it to a swastika for greater effect (I presume). There
is a slight problem with the continuity of this character, as part way
through the film, his voice is obviously dubbed by another actor.
Presumably, this was due to sound problems and the unavailability of
the actor to loop his lines (It sounds like Paul Frees).
All-in-all this is a great film; vastly superior to others of the
genre, such as The Wild Geese and The Dogs of War. Just remember, war
more often brings out the worst in humanity, rather than the best.
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