The Siege of Jadotville

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A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, The Siege of Jadotville thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Guillaume Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.

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Jamie Dornan
as Pat Quinlan
Guillaume Canet
as Rene Falques
Mark Strong (II)
as Conor Cruise O'Brien
Jason O'Mara
as Sgt. Jack Prendergast
Mikael Persbrandt
as Dag Hammarskjold
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Madame LaFontagne
Michael McElhatton
as General McEntee
Danny Sapani
as Moise Tshombe
Sam Keeley
as Bill Ready
Mike Noble
as Charles Cooley
Charlie Kelly
as Walter Hegarty
Conor MacNeill
as Radio Operator
Fionn O'Shea
as William Reidy
Jordan Mifsud
as John Donnelly
Fiona Glascott
as Carmel Quinlan
Melissa Haiden
as Beautiful Nurse
Richard Lukunku
as Patrice Lumumba
Danny Keogh
as Gorman's Father
Thulasizwe Kubheka
as Tshombe's Aide
Luc Van Gunderbeeck
as President Charles De Gualle
Ashish Gangapersad
as General Raja
Luc Van Gunderbeeck
as President Charles De Gualle
Gerard Rudolf
as Black Jack
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Critic Reviews for The Siege of Jadotville

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

  • Good intentions only take us so far, of course. Whenever Smyth moves away from the battlefield, the film is on shaky ground, with the near-comical scenes involving Strong's cowardly subordinate a real low point.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "The Siege of Jadotville" valiantly fights to reclaim pride in a slice of Irish military history, but it seems to have ignored who those Irish were fighting for.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If only a little more attention had been paid to something beyond the whiff of gunpowder. Shorn of context, it's like playing a first person shooter in endless survival mode.

    Oct 19, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Though it doesn't break any new ground, The Siege of Jadotville is a well-crafted piece of filmmaking that investigates the often-contentious relationship between politics and war.

    Oct 8, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • The Siege of Jadotville is dramatically inept and viscerally shocking. Thankfully, we still have history books.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • By highlighting the bravery of young soldiers at the mercy of external forces, The Siege of Jadotville acts as a powerful tribute.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Siege of Jadotville

  • Apr 24, 2017
    Excellent film about a little-known event in history.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2016
    To my delight, "The Siege of Jadotville" is not the jingoistic "Zulu" remake I had expected. It's a perfectly suitable war film touching on politics and bureaucracy as much as heroism. Average to good acting with engaging battle scenes. It's worth your time, but don't expect to be moved very much.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2016
    Watched this on Netflix last night and was interested in the storyline, much like Zulu back in the day. This film severely struggles outside the conflict, I think the film was stronger when it stuck with the battle. I think Strongs character helped finance the film but its these side characters who sink the film. The battle is the most interesting part, just having a relentless bombardment of enemy troops would have added to the tension. The switch off the battle field is almost comical at times. Good for a night in.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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