Guns at Batasi (1964)





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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the political situation becomes more and complex, Attenborough finds that his deeply entrenched values and beliefs are no longer valid.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."
Classics , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


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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Dissects with a piercing personal touch the strict disciplinary attitudes that govern a true British soldier and makes him retain his own individual pride in the face of political forces unappreciative of his principles.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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