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Guns at Batasi (1964)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  30 October 1964 (West Germany)
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An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale
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Colonel Deal
Flora Robson ...
Miss Barker-Wise
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Private Wilkes
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Karen Eriksson
Cecil Parker ...
Fletcher
Errol John ...
Lieut. Boniface
Graham Stark ...
Sgt. 'Dodger' Brown
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Captain Abraham
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Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin
David Lodge ...
Sgt. 'Muscles' Dunn
Bernard Horsfall ...
Sgt. 'Schoolie' Prideaux
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Sgt. 'Aussie' Drake
Horace James ...
Corporal Abou
Patrick Holt ...
Captain
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Storyline

Regimental Sergeant-Major Lauderdale is a spit-and-polish, by-the-book disciplinarian, who seems like a 19th Century anachronism in a sleepy peacetime African outpost of the modern British Commonwealth. He is ridiculed behind his back by his subordinate NCO's and must play host to a liberal female MP making a tour of the base. However, when an ambitious African officer, who happens to be a protege of the MP's, initiates a coup d'etat against Captain Abraham, the lawful African commandant, the resourceful RSM uses all his military training to arm his men despite being under house arrest and rescue the wounded commandant from a certain firing squad. When Lt. Boniface, the leader of the mutiny surrounds the sergeants mess with two Bofors guns, it looks like Lauderdale will have to surrender unless he again disobeys orders and takes the initiative. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Outnumbered A Hundred to One - Yet Fighting Like a Thousand Heroes in a Hell Spot Called Batasi! See more »

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30 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Les canons de Batasi  »

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Mia Farrow replaced Britt Ekland at the last minute. See more »

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The personal weapon used by the British is the Sterling sub machine gun which replaced the Sten in the British Army in 1953. This weapon is held with the left hand on the barrel and never the magazine or housing. Holding the magazine is a throwback to its predecessor, the Sten. The experienced senior members of the Mess are holding it incorrectly whilst the most inexperienced among them (Private Wilkes) holds it correctly and naturally. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Dodger Brown: [singing as he drives a truck] She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes. She'll be comin'
Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin: Can't you sing in tune?
Sgt. Dodger Brown: round the mountain when she comes!
[pause as truck bumps over rough road]
Sgt. Dodger Brown: Hey, Ben, you know I was just thinkin'. Back home they wouldn't let me drive a scooter without taking a test.
[chuckles]
Sgt. Dodger Brown: Marvelous, isn't it?
[thud as truck jolts]
Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin: Marvelous
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Outstanding look at the decline of the British Empire
25 January 2001 | by (NY NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. An outstanding ensemble cast and strong writing delivers a movie that sticks with for days afterwards. The comparision of the noble enlisted men standing for honor, Queen and Country while the officers have the morally bankrupt practicality so evident in the declining days of an empire. Richard Attenborough is excellent as the efficient by the book sargeant whose moral stand is betrayed by the very Empire he holds so dear.


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