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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.

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... Curry
... Claire
... Henlein
... Ruffo
... Doctor Wreid
... Bussier
Olivier Despax ... Surrier
... Delage
... Kataki
... Ubi
... Jansen
... Adams
Murray Kash ... Cochrane
... Father Dominic
... 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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The movie's MacGuffin was a cache of uncut diamonds valued at US $50 million. See more »

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They don't mine cut diamonds in Congo. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Wreid: [thrown onboard the train in a drunken stupor] Aah, piss off!
Sergeant Ruffo: [to Curry, smiling] Captain, the Doctor.
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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The Mercenaries
Written and Performed by Jacques Loussier Et Son Orchestre
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Sadly overlooked war movie
7 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

This action film was BY FAR the favorite war movie of the foreign volunteers with whom I served in the Rhodesian Army. We probably all thought of ourselves as Bruce Curry clones.

Once, when on a leave from a bush trip, I saw that this film, under the title The Mercenaries, was showing in a Salisbury theatre so, of course, I had to go see it. I arrived slightly late and the house lights were already dark, so I took my seat and enjoyed the ride.

When it was over and the house lights came on, I looked around and saw that probably EVERY one of the foreigners who happened to be in town at that time was in the audience with me. Some of them were even going to stay and watch it again.


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