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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

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Richie Smyth

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Kevin Brodbin, Declan Power (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Lukunku Richard Lukunku ... Patrice Lumumba
Danny Sapani ... Moise Tshombe
Andrew Stock Andrew Stock ... Man in a White Suit
Mark Strong ... Conor Cruise O'Brien
Jamie Dornan ... Patrick Quinlan
Fionn O'Shea ... William Reidy
Sam Keeley ... Bill (Sniper) Ready
Ronan Raftery ... John Gorman
Mike Noble Mike Noble ... Charles Cooley
Jason O'Mara ... Jack Prendergast
Fiona Glascott ... Carmel Quinlan
Melissa Haiden ... Beautiful Nurse
Jordan Mifsud ... John Donnelly
Conor Quinlan Conor Quinlan ... Patrick Joyce
Charlie Kelly ... Walter Hegarty
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Storyline

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? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Ireland | South Africa

Language:

English | Irish | French

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

Company Credits

Production Co:

Parallel Films See more »
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Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pat Quinlan: [narrating] I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
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Written by Gus Derse, Glen Powell
Performed by Johnny Hallyday
Published by Universal Music Publishing LTD.
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Captivating war drama!
26 September 2018 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

Since I'm not familiar with the actual event the film is based on, I can't comment on the authenticity, but can say this is a very well made and captivating film. It was nerve-wrecking at times and quite spectacular, actually. The action scenes were very good and the photography good, as well. I really rooted for the guys, and the film proofs so well (once again) that the guys in suits in their offices has no idea what really goes on in the field, and quite frankly often does not care as long as they win a war.

All the actors were very good and believable, especially Jamie Dornan as Quinlan. Its really a pity the real-life guys had to wait four decades before being declared heroes.


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