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
Did You Know?
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
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
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
RAKISH PADDY, THE WILD IRISHMAN
Arranged by Kevin Crehan
Performed by Kevin Crehan
, Danny Taylor and Hal Rosenfeld
Published by Dogwood Flower Music See more