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La légion saute sur Kolwezi (1980)

In May 1978, the mining town of Kolwezi in Katanga, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Belgian Congo) is under attack from a group of communist guerillas coming from nearby... See full synopsis »


Raoul Coutard


André G. Brunelin (adaptation), Pierre Sergent (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Cremer ... Pierre Delbart
Jacques Perrin ... L'ambassadeur Berthier
Laurent Malet ... Damrémont
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Colonel Grasser
Mimsy Farmer ... Annie
Giuliano Gemma ... Adjudant-chef Federico
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... Maurois
Robert Etcheverry Robert Etcheverry ... Le colonel Dubourg
Pierre Rousseau Pierre Rousseau ... Debruyn
Laure Moutoussamy Laure Moutoussamy ... Élodie
Gérard Essomba Gérard Essomba ... Bia Kombo
Henri Marteau Henri Marteau ... Chamfort
Patricia Lavidange Patricia Lavidange ... Angélique (as Patricia Lavidang)
Jean-Paul Richepin Jean-Paul Richepin ... Singer
Yan Brian Yan Brian ... Loubet


In May 1978, the mining town of Kolwezi in Katanga, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Belgian Congo) is under attack from a group of communist guerillas coming from nearby Angola. The Europeans who work for the Belgian mining company and the Blacks who live in the town are taken as hostages by the invaders, who start a blood bath, shooting Europeans as well as Africans. Many of the Europeans being French, the French decide to organize a counter-attack, and to send a Regiment of Paratroopers from the Foreign Legion. The movie follows the stories of Delbart, a former non-commissioned officer, who was about to go back to France with his African wife and his child, Damrémont, who was Delbart's replacement, Bia, a Zairian doctor, and Annie, an American married to a Belgian engineer as well as Non com Legion officer Federico and the French Ambassador and the Military Attaché.

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Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

9 January 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Military Coup in Kolwezi See more »

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The film takes place in May 1978. See more »

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Pretty good film about a famous operation by the French Foreign Legion
12 September 2002 | by nicverSee all my reviews

This film was made right after the French Foreign Legion proved its valor (once again) in a military operation in Congo.

The Legion saved hundreds of Europeans taken hostages by rebels and managed to drive them away after losing only 5 of its men.

The film is very low budget, but very accurate and most of the legionnaires on the screen were actual legionnaires involved in the fights. Very interesting for the ethnic variety of these guys.

It's really not Black Hawk Down. It's a simple and efficient film with a very straight story line, and it depicts the facts and only the facts, with a few composite characters among the civilians.

I would only recommend it if you want to learn about the even or about how the Legion operates.

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