The Mercenaries

Film, Action and adventure
5 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)

Time Out says

The Congo, 1960: soldier-of-fortune Taylor braves rebel-held territory to rescue the white folk and retrieve a fortune in diamonds for President Ubi. The political backgound is skated over so we can get on with a crude variation on the cowboy-and-injuns schtick and plenty of lip-smacking carnage. Tricked out with an ex-Nazi (Carsten) still sporting a swastika, a disheveled blonde Belgian refugee (Mimieux), a loyal African sergeant (Brown), and a dipso English doctor (More) who sacrifices himself for a woman in labour, the film has an exceptionally unsympathetic hero and a preposterous moral turn-round at the close. Adapted from a novel by Wilbur Smith.

Details

Release details

Duration:
100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jack Cardiff
Screenwriter:
Ranald MacDougall, Adrian Spies
Cast:
Rod Taylor
Yvette Mimieux
Peter Carsten
Jim Brown
Kenneth More
Andre Morell
Olivier Despax
Guy Deghy
Calvin Lockhart

Users say (12)

5 out of 5 stars