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Dark of the Sun (1968)
"The Mercenaries" (original title)

 -  War | Adventure | Drama  -  3 July 1968 (USA)
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A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue $25 million in uncut diamonds.

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Cast

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Claire
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Ruffo
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Doctor Wreid
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Bussier
Olivier Despax ...
Surrier
Guy Deghy ...
Delage
Bloke Modisane ...
Kataki
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Ubi
Alan Gifford ...
Jansen
David Bauer ...
Adams
Murray Kash ...
Cochrane
John Serret ...
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 $25 million in uncut diamonds.

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Plot Keywords:

diamond | rescue | mercenary | congo | jujitsu | See more »

Taglines:

You Don't Kill for Women, You Don't Kill for Diamonds, You Kill Because You're Paid for it! See more »

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War | Adventure | Drama | Action

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3 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Dark of the Sun  »

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Some of the dubbing of lines in various scenes for the character Henlein was done by Paul Frees. For example, in the scene leading up to the fight between Curry and Henlein alongside the train, the German is dubbed by Frees. See more »

Goofs

The Swedish UN forces are seen carrying the FN FAL rifle. Neither the regular Swedish Army nor the Swedish UN troops ever used this rifle. See more »

Quotes

Curry: The gun's Chinese Ruffo, paid for by Russian rubles. The steel probably came from a West German factory built by French francs. Then it was flown out here on a South African airline probably subsidized by The United States. I don't think he got very far.
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Simply Brilliant
31 January 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie is my all-time favorite by far. I saw it on PBS a few years back, and had to buy it. Now whenever I get bored I pull it out. This movie just can't go wrong. Just a few elements to keep in mind: Mercenaries, an Armoured Train, a Nazi, Diamonds, Goofy UN Soldiers, a Drunk doctor, Yvette Mimeux, Jim Brown, a Moral ending, a chain saw fight, and more then a few scenes and lines that make you wonder why you never heard of this movie before. Rod Taylor is perfect for the lead role in this movie with such lines as: "Why don't you put that Swastika back on....you've earned it!"...I can't say enough about this movie. The book by Wilbur Smith "Train From Katanga" is an excellent read as well.


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