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Dark of the Sun (1968)

The Mercenaries (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 July 1968 (USA)
A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through war-torn Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to steal $50 million in uncut diamonds. But infighting, sadistic rebels and a time lock jeopardize everything.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) (as Quentin Werty), Adrian Spies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Taylor ... Capt. Bruce Curry
Yvette Mimieux ... Claire
Peter Carsten ... Capt. Henlein
Jim Brown ... Sgt. Ruffo
Kenneth More ... Doctor Wreid
André Morell ... Bussier
Olivier Despax Olivier Despax ... Surrier
Guy Deghy ... Delage
Bloke Modisane ... Kataki
Calvin Lockhart ... President Mwamini Ubi
Alan Gifford ... Jansen
David Bauer ... Adams
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Cochrane
John Serret ... Father Dominic
Danny Daniels ... General Moses
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British commando, Captain Curry, is hired by President Ubi of war-torn Congo, to steal $50 million in uncut diamonds from a time-locked vault before the separatist Simba army that's fighting Ubi's forces and the UN peacekeepers overruns the remote town where the bank that holds the vault is located. Curry teams up with his friend Ruffo, Doctor Wreid, who's an alcoholic, and Henlein, a sadistic Nazi who left Germany after WWII to work as a mercenary. The mercenaries reach the town by Ubi's train after surviving an attack from the UN peacekeepers, only to find a number of terrified Westerners who were driven out from their homes by force, including torture, rape and murder, by the Simba rebels. They agree to help them leave town and befriend one of them, a pretty widow called Claire whose husband was murdered by the rebels. As their mission nears completion everything suddenly goes horribly wrong and the story culminates in an orgy of sadistic graphic violence as Henlein betrays the ...

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Trivia

Martin Scorsese calls the film one of his "guilty pleasures". See more »

Goofs

When Curry and Henlein are sliding down the vines during the final fight scene, the knife Curry took from his friend and placed in his boot is missing. It then appears again when he kills Henlein. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Wreid: [Dr. Wreid is performing C-Section on a woman that has been in labor for three days at the Catholic mission] I haven't finished yet. Sister, swab.
Curry: We ah, we can't hang around.
Doctor Wreid: I know you can't. I told myself you couldn't. An hour ago I asked the time. I still thought I could make it. I rushed it a bit. I made a mistake, a small one... took time. Two hours I allowed myself, two hou... Sister!... two hours... . Please, no more talk.
Curry: The least I can do is to tell you, you haven't got a chance to stay ...
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Great Action For '68
5 September 2006 | by ewarn-1See all my reviews

This is a well produced film with striking scenery and color. It also has some great action sequences which look almost too good for a film released in 1968. This is one of those movies that, if you didn't know exactly when it was made, it would be hard to guess, and there are very few of those types around. The screenplay rolls right along like the runaway train depicted herein, and the soundtrack is exciting and cool.

One of the problems I have with the story is the background of the mercenaries themselves. For instance, Rod Taylor's character--where is he from? Why is he a mercenary? The characters are all interesting, we just want to know what makes them tick. The political and historical background, well, we take that for granted, but it seems strange that these guys are all down in the Congo for different reasons and it's never explained.

There is one gripping scene with Rod Taylor and Jim Brown on the train where Brown explains his African heritage. He might not be a great actor but he has unbeatable on screen intensity. Rod Taylor is also a fascinating screen presence, usually he seemed like too much of a nice guy for tough roles but here he's pretty cool.


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Release Date:

3 July 1968 (USA) See more »

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Dark of the Sun See more »

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