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Coup! (2006)

Dramatisation of the abortive real-life attempt by Simon Mann to organise a coup to take over Equatorial Guinea in 2004. The case achieved notoriety because one of the financial backers of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Harris ... Simon Mann
Robert Bathurst ... Mark Thatcher
Lucy Cohu ... Amanda Mann
Tom Mannion Tom Mannion ... John Strick
Rupert Vansittart ... Roddy Hamilton
Caroline Blakiston ... Margaret Thatcher
Joe Mason Joe Mason ... Sandy Mann
Andree Evans Andree Evans ... Enid
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Nick du Toit
David Dennis David Dennis ... Rafael Acosta (as David Denis)
Putla Sehlapelo Putla Sehlapelo ... David
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Crause Steyl
Tumisho Masha Tumisho Masha ... Joe Mkubwa
Yule Masiteng Yule Masiteng ... Sinoxolo
Sechaba Morojele Sechaba Morojele ... Eric Kangwena


Dramatisation of the abortive real-life attempt by Simon Mann to organise a coup to take over Equatorial Guinea in 2004. The case achieved notoriety because one of the financial backers of the project was Sir Mark Thatcher, son of British ex-PM 'Margaret Thatcher'.

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30 June 2006 (UK) See more »

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A serio-comedy with some unanswered questions
22 January 2008 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

Bob the Moo (see above) has summed up this TV movie on the abortive coup in 2004 in a small African country very well. Comical as it may have been, some of the participants, especially those in jail in Equatorial Guinea, are suffering greatly. There are also some unresolved questions about the possible complicity of the UK government. The film makers wisely stick to what is actually known about who organized and financed the "project" as it was called, but it is strongly suggested that MI6 knew in advance. The ringleader, Simon Mann (superbly played by Jared Harris), still languishing in a Zimbabwe prison awaiting extradition to Equatorial Guinea, may know, but so far he is not telling. Although we see a fair bit of Mark Thatcher (Robert Bathurst) it's clear his role was minor and he may well not have known about the proposed coup. I don't think his mother, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, impersonated here by Caroline Blakiston, knew, but she certainly supports the removal of "tin-pot dictators" by military means.

The most staggering thing is that Mann and his crew, experienced in military ways, planned the operation with almost no regard for security, with the result that the South African, Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe authorities were all able to act against them in a coordinated fashion. The fact that oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has one of Africa's most brutal and corrupt regimes didn't deter the South African authorities from tipping it off. (Zimbabwe is another story). Perhaps they would rather not have known, but once they did (and of course the troops involved were all ex-South African army personnel) the whistle had to be blown. With better security the "project" might have worked – Mann and co had the right experience and means for the job.

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