The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun) Reviews
Based on the book by Wilbur Smith, and directed by the great Jack Cardiff, who began his career as a cinematographer, shooting such masterpieces for Michael Powell and Emerich Pressberger as Black Narcissus (for which he won an Oscar), The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death, and moved on to directing with other fantastic action adventure pictures like The Long Ships, The Liquidator and Girl on a Motorcycle, this film is fast, brutal and exciting, despite being cut down for what was deemed excessive language and violence. Hopefully a restored version will make it's way to DVD soon.
(A favorite of director Quentin Tarantino, he used both a bit of the score as well as cast actor Taylor as Winston Churchill for his most recent picture, Inglourious Basterds)
and Jim Brown as 2 respectful mercenaries with a tough job to carry out.
Jim Brown the leading Black American actor of the 1960s and 1970s was
at his best as Ruffo who is vindicated by Captain Curry (Rod Taylor).
ROD TAYLOR and YVETTE MIMIEUX were first paired magically on screen
in the All time classic film Geoge Pal's TIME MACHINE in 1960.