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Release Date:
30 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »
Outnumbered A Hundred to One - Yet Fighting Like a Thousand Heroes in a Hell Spot Called Batasi! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Attenborough ... Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale

Jack Hawkins ... Colonel Deal

Flora Robson ... Miss Barker-Wise

John Leyton ... Private Wilkes

Mia Farrow ... Karen Eriksson

Cecil Parker ... Fletcher
Errol John ... Lieut. Boniface

Graham Stark ... Sgt. 'Dodger' Brown

Earl Cameron ... Captain Abraham

Percy Herbert ... Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin
David Lodge ... Sgt. 'Muscles' Dunn

Bernard Horsfall ... Sgt. 'Schoolie' Prideaux

John Meillon ... Sgt. 'Aussie' Drake
Horace James ... Corporal Abou

Patrick Holt ... Captain
Alan Browning ... Adjutant
Richard Bidlake ... Lieutenant
Joseph Layode ... Archibong Shaw
Ric Hutton ... Russell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Baptiste ... Minor Role (uncredited)

John Ashley Hamilton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bloke Modisane ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
John Guillermin 
Writing credits
Robert Holles (screenplay)

Robert Holles (novel "The Siege of Battersea")

Leo Marks (original adaptation) &
Marshall Pugh (original adaptation)

C.M. Pennington-Richards (additional material)

Produced by
George H. Brown .... producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Max Benedict 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
Art Direction by
Maurice Carter 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdressing
Production Management
David W. Orton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Darnley-Smith .... assistant director (as Jan Darnley Smith)
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
Don Deacon .... sound editor
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist: as Robert T.McPhee
Richard Best Jr. .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Gordon Davie .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... matte artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Fisher .... camera operator
James Devis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
Douglas Gamley .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:S | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #26767) | West Germany:12 (f)

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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 »
Plot holes: 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 »
[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.
Sgt. Dodger Brown:Marvelous, isn't it?
[thud as truck jolts]
Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin:Marvelous
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Minor Classic Shines Timelessly, 31 May 2006
Author: Piafredux from United States

I first saw 'Guns At Batasi' several times in its butchered for television version shown mostly on late-night TV, a pan-&-scan version which also deprived the film of its Cinemascope format. But I just saw the DVD which reproduces the original Cinemascope (and which includes an entertaining commentary track by John Leyton who plays Pte. Wilkes in the film) which let's us see 'Guns At Batasi' to its deserved advantage.

It's a splendid character study of a British Army Regimental Sergeant Major set in an absorbing - and rather accurately prophetic - plot of a post-colonial African revolution.

After Richard Attenborough, properly dominant as the thoroughly professional, no-nonsense Regimental Sergeant Major, the almost uniformly solid casting gives us nice turns by the four sergeants, Leyton as Pte. Wilkes, Flora Robson as the gullible MP keen to believe her ilk's pie-in-the-sky Marxisant p.c. propaganda, Errol John as the African rebel officer, and the always splendid Jack Hawkins as Lt. Col. Deal (an apt name considering the part his character fulfils in the story). Teenaged Mia Farrow has a small role (her first in cinema, I think) as a events-stranded UN secretary who shares a mutual lust interest with Leyton's Pte. Wilkes (Farrow's scenes were re-shoots owing to the originally-cast Britt Ekland's desertion from the filming to fly to her then-paramour Peter Sellers' side while he was working in the U.S.). The writing is very good and, as I said, prescient in view of the continuing undeserved credibility placed in chiefly venal Third World leaders by Western politicians, media, and p.c. types; Guillermin's direction is sure-handed; and production design and cinematography - some very good B&W work here aided by capable lighting - are a cut or two above workmanlike.

Though shot entirely at England's Pinewood Studios on a rather low budget, the strong script and fine acting raise 'Guns At Batasi' to the level of a minor classic well worth appreciating.

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