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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 (email@example.com)
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 »
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Outstanding look at the decline of the British Empire
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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