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Guns of Darkness (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 17 August 1962 (USA)
An English couple and a deposed ruler head for the border during a South American revolution.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Francis Clifford (novel), John Mortimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Claire Jordan
David Niven ... Tom Jordan
James Robertson Justice ... Hugo Bryant
David Opatoshu ... President Rivera
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Hernandez
Richard Pearson ... Bastian
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Bastian
Ian Hunter ... Dr. Swann
Sandor Elès ... Lt. Gomez
Steven Scott ... Gabriel
Tutte Lemkow ... Gabriel's Cousin
Dorothy Sensier Dorothy Sensier ... Nightclub Singer (as Dorita Sensier)
John Carson ... First Officer
Anthony Morton Anthony Morton ... Second Officer
Peter Allenby Peter Allenby ... Sergeant
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An English couple and a deposed ruler head for the border during a South American revolution.

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Not since "The Guns of Navarone" has there been so mighty a drama of high adventure!... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al final de la noche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout filming, the film was known as "Act Of Mercy", the title of Francis Clifford's original novel. It was only at the last minute that title was changed to the meaningless "Guns Of Darkness"; the front office was worried about its box-office potential and thought the new name was more dramatic, as well as being similar to "The Guns Of Navarone", which had been a big hit for star David Niven the previous year. See more »

Goofs

When the airplane flies over the escaping trio, the sky is alternately very cloudy or clear. See more »

Quotes

Tom Jordan: [to his wife, Claire Jordan, as they shelter in a cave with rain pouring down outside] Look at the rain. It's like England. Do you remember when we first arrived in England? And you were expecting to find a country full of green lawns, and stately homes, and tall titled men in tweed suits, making witty remarks and eating cucumber sandwiches, hmm? Remember the first few weeks all we did was sit in the railway hotel and watch the rain, pouring down on Pennington Station... and not a Lord came near...
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well worth seeing
2 November 2015 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I was attracted to this one by the presence of David Niven, always a plus, and I was not disappointed. This is by no means a great movie but it's a very good one in all departments - script, plot line, tension, character development, acting and cinematography (gloriously crisp b&w). In addition to Niven, as a flawed idealist, there is Leslie Caron as his long- suffering wife, James Robertson Justice as a cynical manager and David Opatoshu as a deposed president. Events circle around a revolution in a fictional South American country, as a couple whose relationship is foundering get involved with the fate of the wounded, deposed president, and try to spirit him out of the country. There is plenty of tension in the escape sequences, as they are hunted by the federates, but we also see developments in the relationship of Niven's and Caron's couple. The film tried to make the point that the complexities of life do not always make for black and white, idealistic choices, that we are at some level all flawed. All in all a very good film that deserves more attention.


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