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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 »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
The Forgotten: Jack Cardiff's "Dark of the Sun" (1968)
 (From MUBI. 15 January 2015, 4:23 AM, PST)

R.I.P. Rod Taylor
 (From Dark Horizons. 9 January 2015, 5:04 AM, PST)

Rod Taylor Dead At 84; Heart Attack Claims Popular Leading Man Of '60S And '70S Cinema
 (From CinemaRetro. 8 January 2015, 8:26 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Simply Brilliant 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:
English actor Kenneth More was cast in a supporting role in this Congo, Africa-set picture having previously top-billed starred about nine years earlier in another similar train-in-peril across hostile landscape picture which had been the 1959 British made North West Frontier (1959) where a locomotive travels through a treacherous countryside in India.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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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »

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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Simply Brilliant, 31 January 2001
Author: Valdeze from Boston, MA

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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