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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A good movie with a fine cast See more (40 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)
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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:
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:
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A good movie with a fine cast, 15 July 2001
Author: King Niels (Loke@post9.tele.dk) from Nykoebing Falster, Denmark

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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