In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quinlan to Katanga, in Congo, to protect the inhabitants of the mining town of Jadotville in the beginning of a civil war. Meanwhile the UN advisor Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien launches a military attack named Operation Morthor against the French and Belgian mercenaries. Soon there is a reprisal from the mercenaries and Quinlan and his men are left under siege by a huge number of Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist the attack?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
The film's director, Richie Smyth, was adamant that the cast should all be given proper military training. The actors went through weeks of intense training at a boot camp in South Africa, undergoing the same kind of training that the original soldiers would have gone through. At one point, Smyth even put Jamie Dornan
in charge of the other actors, so he could "create the dynamic" of leading men. See more
When Commandant Quinlan is called in by the radio operator to talk with General McEntee about incoming potential reinforcements, he enters the room with a rifle over his left shoulder. This rifle is present during his entire conversation with the general, but disappears immediately after the conversation is over. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Written by Sam Cooke
Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. and RCA Records See more