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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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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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Also Known As:
"The Mercenaries" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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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:
Clint Walker was the early choice for the lead Captain Bruce Curry role which in the end was cast with Rod Taylor.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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.See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
a wild ride, 14 October 2000
Author: whitecargo from Philadelphia PA USA

Call it "Dark of the Sun" (the better title, I think) or "The Mercenaries"--but under any title this film moves fast. A great example of a guy's type of film where the editing, direction, and storyline all compliment one another in the effort towards a fast-paced action flick. It a raw, gritty, and satisfying action yarn. Rod Taylor is really choice in this role: he was easily in his best shape ever and utterly confident as the hardboiled mercenary leader. Jim Brown is fine as well as his sidekick. The two make a good combination together.

"Dark of the Sun" is also one of the more memorable films involving a train as a locus for the action. Train films have a charisma all their own, in my opinion, and this one is no exception. In this venue, a band of mercenaries utilizes a steam engine to blitz across the border into rebel-held territory. The story is set in South Africa and they been enlisted to to rescue citizens cut off by the revolt and also, to nab some diamonds for themselves, of course.

However, dont think that with this storyline its at all meatless in emotion values, or gratuituous in terms of its violence.

With regard to emotion, there are definitely some nice story elements and a chance for the actors to apply their skill. There are poignant little moments of humanness amid all the tumult. The characters suit, and have been devised (by the author Wilbur Smith) to correctly add balance and measure to the story. Its not all gunfire and explosions. The violence is kept within acceptable, old-school bounds and the focus is on heroism and loyalty rather than sadism.

There is an interesting, thought-provoking subplot to the story that eventually factors into the conclusion of the movie. This thread comes from the fact that one of the mercenaries is an ex-Nazi. As a mercenary, he really "enjoys his work". But his views raise all sorts of disturbing questions about prejudice and hate and "where to draw the line" for Rod Taylor, who, as leader of the mercenaries, has to set an example of ruthlessness. The two develop a vicious enmity and finally go at it 'mano a mano'. The end of the film is a surprise "man learns better" type of ending--but still quite satisfying.

The film overall is a better-than-average-quality product, and definitely a must-see guy-movie; its a 1960's action pic that does a better job of keeping you interested and absorbed than any twenty action pictures made more recently.

Believe it!

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