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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.


Richie Smyth


Kevin Brodbin, Declan Power (based on the book by)
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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 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 Quinlan 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 Quinlan and his men are left under siege by a huge number of Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist 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 »

Also Known As:

Jadotville See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Siege of Jadotville" is director Richie Smyth's first feature film. After getting his start as a fashion and advertising photographer, Smyth has become one of Ireland's most successful and respected commercial and music video directors, making videos for U2, The Verve, and Bon Jovi, among many others. 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 Aaron Collins
Performed by The Flares
Published by Universal/MCA Music LTD on behalf of Songs of Universal, Inc.
Courtesy of Decca Music Group, under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Brilliant ! A new classic is born.
12 October 2016 | by brianljohns7See all my reviews

Wow ! What a surprise packet this is. In the same vein as, and at least as well made as "Zulu". The direction, casting, and acting are all first rate, and the combat scenes are realistic and convincing, and without any corny Hollywoodisms. Thoroughly engrossing war action. In addition, the film gets across to us an understanding of the global situation at the time and the significance of the assassination of Lumumba and the purported secession of Katanga from the Congo. The strongest message though is how the major powers failed to support the UN in the Congo, so that not only were a company of soldiers expendable, so was the UN Secretary-General himself. And De Gaulle had no hesitation in sending in legionnaire mercenaries to fight against UN peacekeepers. Jamie Dornan as Commandant (major) Quinlan and Mark Strong playing Conor Cruise O'Brien were outstanding, and I thought the actors playing the parts of Prendergast, Tshombe, and the legionnaire leader of the mercenaries were top class too. For a movie to be so good all round, a lot of credit must go the director. Looking at IMDb, it appears this is Richie Smyth's first directorial effort. I don't think it will be his last. Interestingly, or ominously, this movie comes out at a time when the clouds of civil war appear to be gathering over the Congo again, so there is a topical relevance as well.

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