The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun) (1968)
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as Dr. Wreid
as President Ubi
as Cpl. Kataki
as Mme. Bussier
as Mrs. Ubi
as Capt. Hansen
as Gen. Moses
as Father Dominic
as Belgian Refugee
Critic Reviews for The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun)
A brief shot finds Rod Taylor at a river, on his knees, his eyes as wild as those of a creature slaking its thirst at a water hole. It's a brilliant evocation of the idea that man is the world's most scared yet dangerous and deadly animal.
Iron-fisted Rod Taylor actioner, also starring Jim Brown.
A must-see for fans of hard-hitting action.
Audience Reviews for The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun)
I always wanted to meet a real life mercenary. A group of special agents led by crazy Captain Curry cut their way through the jungle on a mission to capture $25 million in diamonds. The agents are a group of mercenaries and they fight numerous would be challengers. A member of the group hopes their mission can help his country and people in some way while Captain Curry is only worried about the goal. "We need him." Jack Cardiff, director of Intent to Kill, My Geisha, Young Cassidy, The Mutations, Penny Gold, The Girl on a Motorcycle, The Long Ships, and Web of Evidence, delivers Dark of the Sun. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and intense in some sequences. There are some unique situations and characters worth following. The cast delivers solid performances and include Rod Taylor, Jim Brown, Yvette Mimieux, Andre Morrell, Kenneth More, and Calvin Lockhart. "Engineer, you ready to roll?" I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR this classic since the plot sounded grindhouse good. It was entertaining and a nice jungle action picture in the mold of the original Inglorious Bastards (with Fred Williamson). Overall, this is just above average but worth a viewing. "I'd do it, but I wouldn't like it." Grade: B-
A now cult classic action-adventure film that deserves to be seen by a much wider audience. Rod Taylor at his best, I think, playing the tough-as-nails guy, rather than the more gentlemanly roles he'd played earlier -- though he's fine in them, too. See if for its terrific action, performances, intriguing story, and to see the authentic locales in Africa -- quite unusual for the time.
An astounding-for-its-time film, with some EXTREMELY brutal and realistic violence, some extreme pessimism and cynicism, and some very heavy inspiration for Dogs of War later in the 80s. Fantastic action sequences, some great DP work, interesting performances, very little cliche, and definitely worth finding if you can. Bad-ass and rough, just the way a Mercenary film should be!
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