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« on: August 10, 2017, 12:56:04 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062863/reference

Muscular Mayhem!

Dark of the Sun (AKA:The Mercenaries) is directed by Jack Cardiff and adapted to screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (alias Quentin Werty) and Adrien Spies from Wilbur Smith's novel "The Dark of the Sun". It stars Rod Taylor, Jim Brown, Yvette Mimieux, Peter Carsten and Kenneth More. A Panavision/Metrocolor production, music is by Jacques Loussier and cinematography by Edward Scaife.

A band of mercenaries embark upon a dangerous mission during the Congo Crisis...

Back upon release it was met with some consternation by critics who thought it overtly violent and unpleasant, today it is met with disdain by the PC brigade who are unable to view a 1968 movie and accept it as just that!

Anyone order a curry in a hurry?!

Jack Cardiff's picture is a ballsy men on a mission piece, full of meaty muscular mayhem, acetylene augmented action and preposterous political postures. Wonderfully raw, story sends Bruce Curry (Taylor) and his band of not very merry men on a steam train journey based mission through the Congo. They are to retrieve some diamonds and enact the rescue of civilians caught up in the rampage of the Simbas. Enter a very fractured group dynamic - with Carsten's Swastika sporting merc very much a fulcrum - a number of brutal confrontations involving all manner of weapons, and an exhaustive last quarter of film that's in turn terrifying and troubling as it is potent. A major flip-flop in the narrative annoys a lot, and Mimieux - although not doing anything wrong - is merely dressage to lower the testosterone levels.

It should be noted that the pic was filmed in Jamaica and not as listed in some reviews as Africa (splendid scenery utilised, though some pointless back projection work annoys and is baffling), while caution is advised on purchasing a home format copy since cuts have been made over the years. This may lack the ferocious nastiness of The Dirty Dozen, or the intelligent action strains of Where Eagles Dare, but it sure as heck fire punches the gut and tingles the adrenaline beats. 8/10

Spanish Region 2 DVD.

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 01:04:24 PM »

Intelligence in Where Eagles Dare?   Sad

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:44:40 AM »

Intelligence in Where Eagles Dare?   Sad

Yeah, loads.

Nice to know yer reading Stan  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 10:13:02 AM »

Yes, sometimes I do. And it seems we slightly might disagree here ... Wink

Where Eagles Dare, one of my negative favourite films, is not only one of the most boring films ever, it is also one of the dumbest. No wonder, it's based on an Alistair MacLean novel.

But Dark of the Sun is ok.

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 09:10:44 PM »

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Oh come on Stanton. That line when Clint Eastwood says "What?" to Richard Burton when everyone is around that table literally speaks the mind of the audience.

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 03:00:40 AM »

Oh come on Stanton. That line when Clint Eastwood says "What?" to Richard Burton when everyone is around that table literally speaks the mind of the audience.

There were others flummoxed by the complexities of the story so don't feel bad about yourselves lads  Evil

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 04:09:48 AM »

Oh come on Stanton. That line when Clint Eastwood says "What?" to Richard Burton when everyone is around that table literally speaks the mind of the audience.

Uhhh ... what?

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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 04:14:48 AM »

Where Eagles Dare, one of my negative favourite films

Poor you.

is not only one of the most boring films ever

WRONG

it is also one of the dumbest

WRONG

it's based on an Alistair MacLean novel.

... Oh that one is true.

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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 04:16:31 AM »

And it is badly directed, in case I hadn't mentioned that yet.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2017, 06:12:57 AM »

And it is badly directed, in case I hadn't mentioned that yet.

You're badly directed.

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