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Guns at Batasi (1964)

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
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Miss Barker-Wise
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Private Wilkes
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Karen Eriksson
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Fletcher
Errol John ...
Lieut. Boniface
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Sgt. 'Dodger' Brown
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Captain Abraham
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Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin
David Lodge ...
Sgt. 'Muscles' Dunn
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Sgt. 'Schoolie' Prideaux
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Sgt. 'Aussie' Drake
Horace James ...
Corporal Abou
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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... but never outfought! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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30 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Les canons de Batasi  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All people, events and places depicted in this film are entirely imaginary and any resemblance to any person, living or dead, or to any real events or places, is entirely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At regimental dinners in the Sgts Mess, the Loyal Toast is always proposed by Mr Vice, the junior member of the mess, and not by the RSM. 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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