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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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Complete credited cast:
Peter Carsten ...
Doctor Wreid
Olivier Despax ...
Guy Deghy ...
Bloke Modisane ...
Alan Gifford ...
David Bauer ...
Murray Kash ...
John Serret ...
Father Dominic
Danny Daniels ...
General Moses


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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Brutes! Savages! Heroes! They're Mercenaries... They're Paid to do a Job! See more »


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3 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Dark of the Sun  »

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Original cut of the movie was so violent that many scenes were cut out even before movie was submitted to the ratings board which still demanded additional cuts on some of the graphic scenes. Scenes which were cut because of the violence and other reasons include; Curry forcing Claire to have sex with him, Simbas raping nuns and throwing them to crocodiles, Simbas raping women during the village massacre and gang raping Liutenant Surrier, Simbas dragging a guy tied to the motorcycle and then pouring gasoline on him and setting him on fire, longer death scene of Ruffo in which he tries to grab Henlein after he stabs him but Henlein stabs him again killing him, longer fight between Curry and Henlein and longer death scene of Henlein in which Curry kills him in very graphic and bloody way. Some action scenes were also cut, some deaths too. Because of the many cuts made on the movie some scenes suffer from bad editing, most notably parts of the village massacre and death scenes of Ruffo and Henlein. See more »


Curry wears a French Foreign Legion paratrooper insignia on his beret, but requires constant translation when anyone speaks French. Either the badge is fake and undeserved, or he is the worst legionnaire there ever was! See more »


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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The Chase
Written and Performed by Jacques Loussier Et Son Orchestre
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A good movie with a fine cast
15 July 2001 | by (Nykoebing Falster, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Though I am not usually a fan of war movies, nor of violent movies, I am a fan of Rod Taylor and have been, ever since I saw him first at a tender age, that was in "The time Machine". When I first saw Dark of the Sun, I thought it very violent, but Rod Taylors performance as the mercenary captain Curry stood out. His character had a sort of integrity not often seen in such movies, and he was playing a much more mature part than in roles he usually had. This movie is undoubtedly his best, perhaps apart from "Young Cassidy". His captain Curry is a man, on whose sore toes you don´t want to step, a man who perhaps is selling his gun but not his conscience.

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