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 film's director, Richie Smyth, was adamant that the cast should all be given proper military training. The actors went through weeks of intense training at a boot camp in South Africa, undergoing the same kind of training that the original soldiers would have gone through. At one point, Smyth even put Jamie Dornan
in charge of the other actors, so he could "create the dynamic" of leading men. See more
The medevac chopper that comes to take the wounded is a Bell UH-1, commonly referred to as a Huey. At the time of the siege, the Huey was first being introduced to U.S. Army aviation units, and had not been made available for foreign military / U.N. use.
The helicopter used in Jadotville was a Sikorsky H-19, but airworthy H-19s were very rare at the time of filming, whereas Hueys were relatively easy to find. 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 Sam Cooke
Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. and RCA Records See more