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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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(screenplay) (as Quentin Werty), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Claire
Peter Carsten ...
Henlein
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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 ...
General Moses
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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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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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Approved | See all certifications »
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3 July 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dark of the Sun  »

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's MacGuffin was a cache of uncut diamonds valued at US $50 million. 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 »

Soundtracks

The Coach Rolls Back
Written and Performed by Jacques Loussier Et Son Orchestre
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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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