Guns at Batasi

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Richard Attenborough stars as a stalwart sergeant-major, stationed in British colony in Africa. When the colony declares its independence, Attenborough is assigned to keep the peace during the governmental transition. Trouble begins when an insurgent African officer (Errol John) attempts to overthrow the new, British-approved rulers. As the political situation becomes more and complex, Attenborough finds that his deeply entrenched values and beliefs are no longer valid. Based on a novel by Robert Holles, Guns at Batasi is what used to be called a "thinking man's adventure film."


Richard Attenborough
as Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale
Jack Hawkins
as Colonel Deal
Mia Farrow
as Karen Eriksson
Flora Robson
as Miss Barker-Wise
John Leyton
as Pvt. Charlie Wilkes
Cecil Parker
as Fletcher
Errol John
as Lt. Boniface
Graham Stark
as Sgt. `Dodger' Brown
Earl Cameron
as Capt. Abraham
Percy Herbert
as Sgt. Ben Parkin
David Lodge
as Sgt. `Muscles' Dunn
Bernard Horsfall
as Sgt. `Schoolie' Prideaux
John Meillon
as Sgt. `Aussie' Drake
Horace James
as Cpl. Abou
Patrick Holt
as Captain
Richard Bidlake
as Lieutenant
Alan Browning
as Adjutant
Joseph Layode
as Archibong Shaw
Ric Hutton
as Russell
Bloke Modisane
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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  • Nov 09, 2008
    it got off to a slow start so i was sat there thinking it was gonna be a couple of hours of my life i'd never get back (i'd watched oliver twist earlier) and it slowly built and built into a bloody good film. once i'd watched it all the way through i was enthralled. stellar performance by richard attenborough as major lauderdale. john guillermin hasn't really made a great deal of good films. i guess the towering inferno just about makes it into that category but generally this is his best
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