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Dark of the Sun (1968)

The Mercenaries (original title)
Approved | | War, Adventure, Drama | 3 July 1968 (USA)
A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue $50 million in uncut diamonds.

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Claire
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Henlein
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Doctor Wreid
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Bussier
Olivier Despax ...
Surrier
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Delage
Bloke Modisane ...
Kataki
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Ubi
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Jansen
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Adams
Murray Kash ...
Cochrane
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Father Dominic
Danny Daniels ...
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A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue $50 million in uncut diamonds.

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A strike force of crack mercenaries fight the hottest battles in all the blazing fury of today's strife-torn Congo! See more »

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War | Adventure | Drama | Action

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Dark of the Sun  »

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Many movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "You Don't Kill for Women. You Don't Kill for Diamonds. You Kill Because You're Paid for it! A strike force of crack mercenaries fight the hottest battles in all the blazing fury of today's strife-torn Congo!". See more »

Goofs

One scene where Taylor fires the 50 cal machine gun, you can clearly see there is no ammo can in the holder attached to the weapon and no ammo belt visible. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Wreid: [thrown onboard the train in a drunken stupor] Aah, piss off!
Sergeant Ruffo: [to Curry, smiling] Captain, the Doctor.
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Connections

Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Curry's Drive With Claire
Written and Performed by Jacques Loussier Et Son Orchestre
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gripping, superior action-adventure
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, which I came to know as "Dark of the Sun" (the better title, as most believe), is one of those compulsively re-watchable pictures year after year. I saw it as a kid but it was later, when I was around 30, when I caught it on a PBS TV station, that I was stunned to realize it is one of my favorite films of all time. I nearly became obsessed with it, recording it for repeat viewing (sometimes 2 days in a row), later buying a quality VHS version, and finally obtaining a widescreen version, a goal of the last half-dozen years. From the first frame, during the credits, when you hear the perfect jazz-influenced score by Jacques Loussier, to the haunting ending, this film draws you in and doesn't let go, inviting you back again & again. I say 'you' but of course I'm speaking of myself; I can't really explain the hold it has on me and what director Cardiff put together that connected so strongly with me. Many familiar with this film call it Rod Taylor's best work and I agree there. He epitomizes the man's man here, tougher, by necessity, than all the other tough guys around him; able to outfight anyone mano-a-mano; and, at the same time, able to command - demanding and keeping the loyalty of his men. Besides the obvious violence & gun-play, throughout are hints and mention of the savagery, the brutality of war, but nothing can or should faze him - until, that is, he loses his best friend. This is something, the one thing, he was unprepared for. And he loses it, he loses all his control, his command of himself and others. It's a fantastic ending. And, like many other scenes, complemented by that fabulous score, it calls me back over & over. Once again, I see that train car break off; again I see it slowly roll back to the waiting bloodthirsty Simbas, all the passengers doomed. I know what will happen, but it demands my attention again, as if in a recurring nightmare. I suppose this may be a great thing about films - sure, they may not ever make them like this again, but you always have these past adventures to savor as many times as you wish. And the films will always give you that same or similar emotional satisfaction you crave.


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