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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
The Military airbase in the movie Baldonnel is officially named Casement Aerodrome named in honour of Roger Casement, who was a diplomat of Irish extraction, humanitarian activist, Irish nationalist, and poet. Described as the "father of twentieth-century human rights investigations", he was honoured in 1905 for the Casement Report on the Congo. The Casement Report was a document written in1904 detailing abuses in the Congo Free State which was under the private ownership of King Leopold II of Belgium. This report was instrumental in Leopold finally relinquishing his private holdings in Africa. Leopold had had ownership of the Congolese state since 1885, granted to him by the Berlin Conference, in which he exploited its natural resources (mostly rubber) for his own private wealth. Casement was later executed by the British for the part he played in the Easter Rising of 1916. 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
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
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 See more