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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 ... Patrice Lumumba
... Moise Tshombe
Andrew Stock ... Man in a White Suit
... Conor Cruise O'Brien
... Patrick Quinlan
... William Reidy
... Bill (Sniper) Ready
... John Gorman
... Charles Cooley
... Jack Prendergast
... Carmel Quinlan
... Beautiful Nurse
... John Donnelly
Conor Quinlan ... Patrick Joyce
... 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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During the bar scene they are drinking Hennessy cognac , A cognac house founded by an Irish man who enlisted in King Louis XV's Irish Brigade.The Irish Brigade was a brigade in the French army composed of Irish exiles, The Flight of the Wild Geese was the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick on 3 October 1691, following the end of the Williamite War in Ireland. More broadly, the term "Wild Geese" is used in Irish history to refer to Irish soldiers who left to serve in continental European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. "The Wild Geese" is the name of a movie set in Africa about a A British banker who hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African president from the hands of a corrupt African dictator. See more »


Intact glass is plainly visible behind Quinlan when he stands up after the windows in the front of the garage are blown out. 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 Gus Derse, Glen Powell
Performed by Johnny Hallyday
Published by Universal Music Publishing LTD.
Courtesy of Disques Vogues SA, Paris / Sony Music Entertainment France SAS
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Great pacing, funny in parts, builds tension well. Good Movie
7 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a good movie. Reminiscent in action scenes of the opening of Saving Private Ryan - such is the feeling of realism, but with less emphasis on gore. Covers a complex and interesting period of history as the United Nations tried to work out how to keep peace in the face of conflict. As such it touches on geopolitics, ego driven strategies harking back to WW1, hope and honor.

The pace of the movie is great, slowly building tension, moments of humor - and I know enough Irishmen to think its spot on - and the arc of hope, determination, frustration, despair and resolution. Enough of a bite to leave you thinking.

Mark Strong is capable of more (if he was given the opportunity). I've never seen 50 shades of grey so i am unbiased in thinking Jamie Dornan was right for the part of the determined but out of his depth Commander. Jason O'Mara was great as the slightly grizzled Company Sargent. The ensemble worked well as a convincing untested army company given a literal baptism of fire.

Loved it

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