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 real Jean Schramme was a far cry from the gritty figure with a goatee seen in the movie. Neat and clean, he considered himself to be "above" the other mercenary leaders in Katanga, believing himself to be a planter and administrator in uniform only to defend his adopted homeland. He detested adventurers like the French and Belgian mercenaries who came from Europe to fight for Katanga. See more
Tshombe is shown watching the news on a TV with American style tuners including a UHF dial. UHF wasn't required on TVs until 1964. 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 Gus Derse, Glen Powell
Performed by Johnny Hallyday
Published by Universal Music Publishing LTD.
Courtesy of Disques Vogues SA, Paris / Sony Music Entertainment France SAS See more