The Mercenaries

Film, Action and adventure

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.

By: TJ


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

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