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on 28 October 2017
I first saw this on TV about 30 years ago and it was called The Mercenaries. Terrific film with a great cast, which I thought vastly improved on the book by Wilbur Smith. The very underrated Rod Taylor is superb in the lead role of Captain Bruce Curry, the leader of a squad of soldiers, sent on a mission deep into enemy territory to retrieve 50 million dollars worth of diamonds, Taylor easily portrays Curry as a rough, tough professional soldier who underneath has a heart of gold that he hides from everyone. He is ably supported by Jim Brown as Sergeant Ruffo, his second in command, a native of the Congo who is there fighting for his country and his beliefs. The film has some great action set pieces, violent in parts for 1968, but necessary as much worse was happening in real life. An action film where you will care for the characters. This will become apparent in the final part of the story which is extremely sad. I thoroughly recommend this film, my only regret is that I know it has had substantial cuts made to it. I would love to see a fully restored uncut version.
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on 3 May 2016
As another reviewer has commented this is an ultra macho film about mercenaries in 60s Africa. Rod Taylor is perfect and convincing in the lead ably supported by Jim Brown who was probably the best American football player in history and also a pretty decent action hero. The film is very taut and focused much like the lead character in the movie and stands up very well to the test of time. Warner Archives dvds are region free I understand so anyone with a British or European dvd player should be able to watch this brilliant film.
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on 19 December 2017
A great film, however some gruesome and uncomfortable scenes had been deleted; probably for those reasons.
It was nice to see Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux back together some seven years after they were in the original 'Time Machine' (a great film)
Yvette still looked great, and Rod Taylor as always acted superbly. Kenneth More's appearance as a drunken Doctor was also a delight.
If you like military adventure, action, a baddie to hate (the German involved) a beautiful girl and a well paced film then get this one....
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on 23 January 2018
One of may favorite films and also highly regarded by directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.Tthe later had Rod Taylor in his Inglorious Bastards, which also took some of the music from this film.
It was a very violent film at the time it came out, but the films more than that. Its one of Rod's finest performances if not the finest playing a hard as nails mercenary, which a few times it slips and you see he does care about things, one being his mate played by Jim Brown. He's also requited with his female lead from his brilliant The Time Machine film Yvette Mimieux.
This really needs to be restored and put on Blu Ray and made more popular.
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on 12 February 2015
Great to see this again, better than I remembered from having seen it many years ago on TV, Rod Taylor in good form, not the greatest movie ever made, but certainly watchable, and quite gripping in parts, since no one else has made a film about the Congo civil war, as far as I know. Confused moralising and violent action (but censored), I wonder if an uncut version still exists?
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on 24 April 2016
Received in good order as promised. This is a film worth viewing if anyone is interested in the history and hypocricy of Africa. Well acted and a great story line. the English sound gets slightly out of sync, but this is still a great watch.
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on 10 February 2016
been after this film for years quite a good merc film based around the angolan era with the zimbas cleansing the area. some excellent acting coupled with a very good storyline whilst the film is spanish you can watch it in english. wild geese is also a good filmbased around the mercenaries era both films protray a mercs life
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on 26 March 2015
Rod Taylor and Jim Brown are two elite commandos, who lead a team of mercenarys into the Congo, their mission to help the civilians that are in danger, to escape from the local rebel forces plus 50 million in diamonds.co starring Yvette Mimieux and Kenneth More. another great Rod Taylor film. PQ is good 2.40.1, 16.9. this is a dvd,R import disc and will play on region 2 dvd players as well.
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on 7 May 2018
Graphic scenes show the true nature of the brutality of war, but also the camaraderie it brings between the combatants. Good movie!
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on 20 January 2018
One of my favourite films ever. Great performance fro m Rod Taylor, Jim Brown etc. This is the definitive film about mercenary.
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