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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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Original cut of the movie was so violent that many scenes were cut out even before movie was submitted to the ratings board which still demanded additional cuts on some of the graphic scenes. Scenes which were cut because of the violence and other reasons include; Curry forcing Claire to have sex with him, Simbas raping nuns and throwing them to crocodiles, Simbas raping women during the village massacre and gang raping Liutenant Surrier, Simbas dragging a guy tied to the motorcycle and then pouring gasoline on him and setting him on fire, longer death scene of Ruffo in which he tries to grab Henlein after he stabs him but Henlein stabs him again killing him, longer fight between Curry and Henlein and longer death scene of Henlein in which Curry kills him in very graphic and bloody way. Some action scenes were also cut, some deaths too. Beacuse of the many cuts made on the movie some scenes suffer from bad editing, most notably parts of the village massacre and death scenes of Ruffo and Henlein.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: They don't mine cut diamonds in Congo.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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Code of the Mercenary, 26 June 2006
Author: thinker1691 from USA

If ever there was a dramatic story which might personify the rough and tough films of Rod Taylor, it would be, Dark of The Sun (Also called The Mercenaries). Hired by the President of the African Congo, Captain Curry (Rod Taylor) is a mercenary who is instructed he has three days to journey three hundred miles upland on a special train, through rebel held territory, to rescue trapped Congo citizens. Actually that is the cover story. Truth is, he is sent to recover a cache of cut diamonds worth fifty million dollars. Opposing him is a fixed time schedule, United Nations air security forces and the "Simbas" an extremely lethal group of African soldiers, led by their merciless leader, Moses who's intent on bringing destruction to the country. Curry, has a couple of aids, namely Striker Blue Force, and Jim Brown who aptly plays Sergeant Ruffo an experienced and well educated Congo soldier and the ruthless, unpredictable ex-Nazi named Captain Henlein. (Peter Carsten) Veteran actor Kenneth More plays Dr. Wreid, as the group heads directly and literally into the Lion's mouth. With explosive action, and war torn conflicts, combined with raping, looting and nationwide destruction, this exciting human drama which includes, beautiful, Yvette Mimieux as Claire is played to the hilt. A superb film the likes of which has established this one as a true classic. *****

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