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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Lukunku Richard Lukunku ... Patrice Lumumba
Danny Sapani ... Moise Tshombe
Andrew Stock Andrew Stock ... Man in a White Suit
Mark Strong ... Conor Cruise O'Brien
Jamie Dornan ... Patrick Quinlan
Fionn O'Shea ... William Reidy
Sam Keeley ... Bill (Sniper) Ready
Ronan Raftery ... John Gorman
Mike Noble ... Charles Cooley
Jason O'Mara ... Jack Prendergast
Fiona Glascott ... Carmel Quinlan
Melissa Haiden ... Beautiful Nurse
Jordan Mifsud ... John Donnelly
Conor Quinlan Conor Quinlan ... Patrick Joyce
Charlie Kelly ... Walter Hegarty


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

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Ireland | South Africa


English | Irish | French

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Jadotville See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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During the briefing scene where Faulques discusses the Katangese attackers being caught off-guard, a mercenary is seen with the wild goose patch of the Congolese Army's famed 5 Commando, a white Anglophone mercenary unit. This is an anachronism, as 5 Commando fought in the Simba Rebellion, not the Katanga Secession, and wasn't formed until almost two years after the Siege of Jadotville, in 1964. See more »


The men of A Company return from the Congo to Dublin on what appears to be an Irish Air Corps C-130 Hercules transport. The Irish Air Corps never operated the C-130 or any comparable medium tactical transport. The Irish civilian flag carrier Aer Lingus did operate turboprop aircraft, but nothing comparable to the C-130 and Aer Lingus aircraft would not be painted in military grey.

Historical documents indicate that the Irish troops flew on a United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II, a long-range heavy-lift strategic transport retired from service in 1974 and last flown in 1986. At the time of filming, all surviving Globemaster II aircraft were in storage or on static display in the Republic of Korea or the United States. Using an inauthentic C-130 was presumably more convenient and less expensive, as the South African Air Force operated the type locally, whereas using a C-124 would have required shooting the sequence in a different country. See more »


[first lines]
Pat Quinlan: [narrating] I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
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Written by Sam Cooke
Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. and RCA Records
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The fogginess of War
2 October 2016 | by GyatsoLaSee all my reviews

I was delighted to see the release of that genuine rarity - an Irish action/war film. And that its based on one of the great untold (or at least undersold) stories of valour makes it all the more intriguing. And its wonderful to see the 'Jadotville Jacks' finally having their story told.

I'm slightly reluctant to report that the film itself is something of a mixed bag. Its a particularly difficult story to tell because so many of the events are mired in historical controversy. Even a Graham Greene or John Le Carre would struggle to make sense of the conflicting real life plots of that period. Ultimately, nobody really knows why it was thought to make sense to isolate the soldiers in Jadotville and then fail so miserably to support them, or for that matter why the Katangans were so determined to dislodge them. We only know that the soldiers were victims of geopolitical plotting far from the battlefield. The films tortuous script tries hard to illuminate the multiple double dealings going on in the background, but ultimately this becomes tiresome and excessively literal.

The film tries very hard to be both a historical record, reasonably faithful to the events, and also a kick ass action film. Thats a very hard trick to pull off, and it doesn't quite manage it. Primarily, I think the problem is an excessively literal script - full of little walk in parts from historical figures making portentous and suitably ambiguous statements, with some clunky domestic scenes that try to illuminate the men behind the soldiers stranded in the town. Some of the dialogue is frankly a little painful. Thankfully, this is balanced by genuinely superb action scenes and a great narrative pace. I couldn't help thinking that this is a film that could have done with two different directors - the actual director who shows great talent and skill filming in Jadotville, and another who could handle the other parts of the film with a bit more subtlety and empathy.

It is a pity that it seems the film will not have a wide cinema release, because it deserves to be seen in the cinema. Certainly the audience in the cinema where I watched it were very enthusiastic about it (not least the ladies behind me who regularly expressed their appreciation of Jamie Doran quite loudly). But with luck it will be widely seen on Netflix.

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