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?
, who plays P.J. in the movie, is the real-life grandson of Commandant Pat Quinlan, one of the main heroic characters in the movie. Conor (as P.J.) gets to utter the line, "Quinlan doesn't know what he's doing. He's going to get us killed." See more
The Irish NCO is seen firing a sub machine gun from the hip. While many movies up until the 80s portrayed SMGs being fired that way on account of how 'cool' it looks, no professional soldier would have fired in that fashion, particularly at such a long distance. This way of firing is highly inefficient and often called 'spray and pray', basically a colossal waste of ammo. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
RAKISH PADDY, THE WILD IRISHMAN
Arranged by Kevin Crehan
Performed by Kevin Crehan
, Danny Taylor and Hal Rosenfeld
Published by Dogwood Flower Music See more