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Director:
Writers:
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) and
Adrian Spies (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 July 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Brutes! Savages! Heroes! ...Paid to fight in the fury of the Congo! [UK theatrical] See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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The Forgotten: Jack Cardiff's "Dark of the Sun" (1968)
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R.I.P. Rod Taylor
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Rod Taylor Dead At 84; Heart Attack Claims Popular Leading Man Of '60S And '70S Cinema
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Great film, but who is the "good guy"? See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... Curry

Yvette Mimieux ... Claire
Peter Carsten ... Henlein

Jim Brown ... Ruffo

Kenneth More ... Doctor Wreid

André Morell ... Bussier
Olivier Despax ... Surrier
Guy Deghy ... Delage
Bloke Modisane ... Kataki

Calvin Lockhart ... Ubi
Alan Gifford ... Jansen
David Bauer ... Adams
Murray Kash ... Cochrane
John Serret ... Father Dominic
Danny Daniels ... General Moses
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Gradussov ... Belgian Refugee (uncredited)
Paul Jantzen ... Capt. Hansen (uncredited)
David Lomas ... Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
Monique Lucas ... Mme. Bussier (uncredited)
Emery J. Ujvari ... Functionary (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Writing credits
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) (as Quentin Werty) and
Adrian Spies (screenplay)

Wilbur Smith (novel "The Dark of the Sun") (as Wilbur A. Smith)

Produced by
George Englund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jacques Loussier 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
Jack Cardiff (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Elliot Scott 
 
Production Management
John Palmer .... production supervisor
Douglas Twiddy .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Reg Bream .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Jacques Loussier .... conductor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Mercenaries" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:12 (2014) | UK:15 (1986) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1973) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Showbusiness trade paper Variety erroneously reported in its review that this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie was shot in Africa but in fact this movie was filmed Out of Africa. The picture's exteriors were lensed in Jamaica in the Carribean as it could not be shot on the dark continent due to political unrest. Ironically, around the same, another picture from MGM, Graham Greene's The Comedians (1967), was set in the Carribean, but filmed in Benin, West Africa.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Apparently no blank ammo was available for the .50 caliber heavy machine guns carried on the train. When they are "fired" at the attacking UN plane, there is no recoil or movement of the ammo belt. The muzzle flash was painted onto the film later.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.See more »
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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »

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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great film, but who is the "good guy"?, 21 October 2002
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

This is an excellent film and definitely one of Rod Taylor's best performances. Taylor is Curry, a mercenary commander in the Congo, during the Katanga secession. Jim Brown is his friend and number two, a US educated Congolese. Taylor plays Curry as a true mercenary of the period: ruthless, greedy, loyal to his comrades, and distrustful of his rivals and employers.

The film mixes two different periods of the civil wars in the Congo; the Katanga secession in 1960 and the Simba revolt in 1964. The original book is set squarely during the Katanga period and involves the Baluba war, not the Simba's. However both periods were exemplified by brutality on all sides. The film accurately portrays the enmity between the Katanga forces and the UN troops sent to intervene. It also accurately depicts the Belgian interests in Katanga.

Much like the train the mercenaries ride, the film starts out slow and builds up steam along the route. By the end, it's a runaway that comes crashing to its end. This is war and humanity at its worst, make no mistake. The closest I can come to finding a "good guy" is Jim Brown, the soldier who wants his country to be free and have its place in the modern world.

The Nazi character was based on an actual German mercenary in the Congo, Siegfried Mueller. Mueller was noted for wearing the Iron Cross, which he earned in the Second World War, on his uniform. The film makers changed it to a swastika for greater effect (I presume). There is a slight problem with the continuity of this character, as part way through the film, his voice is obviously dubbed by another actor. Presumably, this was due to sound problems and the unavailability of the actor to loop his lines (It sounds like Paul Frees).

All-in-all this is a great film; vastly superior to others of the genre, such as The Wild Geese and The Dogs of War. Just remember, war more often brings out the worst in humanity, rather than the best.

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