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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

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Pat Quinlan
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Conor Cruise O'Brien
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Madame LaFontagne
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Sgt. Jack Prendergast
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Rene Faulques
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Dag Hammarskjold
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General McEntee
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Carmel Quinlan
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Bill (Sniper) Ready
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John Gorman
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Moise Tshombe
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Radio Operator
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Sgt Walter Hegarty
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Beautiful Nurse
Danny Keogh ...
Gorman's Father
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In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quilan to Katanga, in Congo, to protect the inhabitants of the mining town of Jadotville in the beginning of a civil war. Meanwhile the UN advisor Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien launches a military attack named Operation Morthor against the French and Belgian mercenaries. Soon there is a reprisal from the mercenaries and Quilana and his men are left under the siege of a huge Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist to the attack? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film's director, Richie Smyth, was adamant that the cast should all be given proper military training. The actors went through weeks of intense training at a boot camp in South Africa, undergoing the same kind of training that the original soldiers would have gone through. At one point, Smyth even put Jamie Dornan in charge of the other actors, so he could "create the dynamic" of leading men. See more »

Goofs

Engine, wind, and propeller noise is remarkably absent during Dag Hammarskjöld's conversation with Conor Cruise O'Brien. The interior of a real Douglas DC-6 is very noisy, particularly near the wings where Hammarskjöld is seated; he would have to talk very loudly to be heard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pat Quinlan: [narrating] I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
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Soundtracks

RAKISH PADDY, THE WILD IRISHMAN
Arranged by Kevin Crehan
Performed by Kevin Crehan, Danny Taylor and Hal Rosenfeld
Published by Dogwood Flower Music
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A remarkable story of courage and political machinations....
18 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of The Siege of Jadotville before watching this film.

Its based on a remarkable story of courage of a small group of Irish UN troops who come under attack from a much larger contingent of mixed tribal, coup based government, settler and mercenary forces in the Congo.

The courage demonstrated by the Irish soldiers and their determination to do their job is overshadowed by the political machinations of the UN and the Irish government. The fear, on the part of the latter, of looking incompetent, leads to the soldiers becoming the fall guys, for a situation they did not create and could not, ultimately control. All this, in spite of their heroic efforts.

Whats really surprising is the quality of this production. Its an exceptional film on so many levels. Its reasonably candid, in its appraisal of the situation that existed at the time. Its capably directed, scripted and acted as well, with a very strong cast.

The action scenes that run the length of this film are quite simply, incredible. This film is never, ever boring but what really astounded me is the casualties inflicted by the Irish soldiers with not one of their men lost. Its a testament too, to the ability and insight shown by their commanding officer.

I'm not a huge war film fan so for me to give what amounts to a war film, a 10 out of 10, really is saying something. Take a look, you wont be disappointed.


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