Anachronistic strict Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale (Sir Richard Attenborough), on a remote colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat, must use his experience to defend those in his care.
Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale (Sir Richard Attenborough) is a by-the-book, strict disciplinarian, who seems like an anachronism in a sleepy peacetime African outpost of the modern British commonwealth. Ridiculed behind his back by his subordinate N.C.O.s, he must play host to a liberal women M.P. making a tour of the base. However, when an ambitious African officer, who happens to be a protegè of the M.P., initiates a coup d'etat against Captain Abraham (Earl Cameron), the lawful African commandant, the resourceful Sergeant Major uses all of his military training to save his men from a certain firing squad.Written by
Gabe Taverney (email@example.com)
Mia Farrow, who filmed the pilot for Twentieth Century Fox's Peyton Place (1964) - the basis for her and the studio's iconic series and television's first prime-time soap opera - became a last minute replacement for Britt Ekland. The young Swedish actress had bailed on her commitment to co-star as Karen Eriksson in order to remain at the hospital bedside of her lover and and new husband, Peter Sellers, who'd infamously experienced a heart attack while in the throws of passion with her in Los Angeles, California, the night of April 5, 1964. Ekland's Swedish nationality was an obvious selling point on her playing a character who's last name is Eriksson, very Scandinavian sounding, while Farrow's features look far from Scandinavian. Sellers' recovery was slow, six months. Meanwhile, upon completion of filming this movie in England for Twentieth Century Fox, the studio signed Farrow to a contract for film and television and immediately put her to work on the small screen as ABC had ordered Peyton Place (1964) as a serialized half hour, uniquely designed for twice-a-week airings, beginning in September 1964. See more »
At regimental dinners in the Sgts Mess, the Loyal Toast is always proposed by Mr Vice, the junior member of the mess, and not by the RSM. See more »
Richard Attenborough gave a performance in this film worthy of an Oscar and everyone in the movie shone. The writing, the direction, the experience are what movies are all about and time has not dimmed the significance of the content. It seemed to be a lost film for many years but has come out on DVD with the usual--and in this case--entertaining extras. It is billed as a "war film" but it is much more than that, an action film in the way in which Master and Commander is an action film, exciting but significant as well, since it illustrates a point of view with which you may agree or disagree but which you will see distinctly after a viewing, comparisons and contrasts being inherent to the vehicle itself. Mia Farrow debuted in this but it is an English movie with a fine supporting cast including Jack Hawkins in a final speaking role.
21 of 24 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this