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The Mercenaries

  • Film

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.
Written by TJ

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
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