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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain Mark O's Avatar
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    Hi everyone, a colour film I'm wondering the title of is set in an African country, maybe immediate post-war or maybe 50's or 60's, all I can recall are scenes where the native population are on the rampage killling foreigners, a steam train attempts to escape the mayhem but as it ascends a gradient the carriage becomes detached and a couple commit suicide rather than be slaughtered by the mob, in another scene a man is captured and held down but they're the only scenes I recall, any ideas please?

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    Sounds like Dark of the Sun aka The Mercenaries with Rod Taylor and Jim Brown. The man who kills himself and his wife to avoid being captured by the Simbas is played by Andre Morell.

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    Definitely sounds like Dark of the Sun (The Mercenaries). This used to crop up regularly on TCM in a slightly cut version. You can probably buy it on Ebay.

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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain Mark O's Avatar
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    Thanks for the replies warfilmbuff and m35541, The Mercenaries it is then, cheers.......

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    Super Moderator Country: UK batman's Avatar
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    It doesn't appear to be available 'officially', but you can get a very good copy here (nicely packaged too) ....

    link: https://*****************/dark of the sun/cart=244

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    ...and a very good film it is too

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGHJAMPTON View Post
    One of Jack Cardiff's finest

    Well, not quite. He made better films than this one. But it's pretty good

    Steve

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    It's a great film, based on a Wilbur Smith novel and has a wonderful soundtrack by Jacques Loussier which is available on CD. The film is available on region O DVD via Dark of the Sun

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    Kenneth More as the drunken doctor is pretty good as well. The book isn't bad either.
    Quote Originally Posted by WarFilmBuff View Post
    Sounds like Dark of the Sun aka The Mercenaries with Rod Taylor and Jim Brown. The man who kills himself and his wife to avoid being captured by the Simbas is played by Andre Morell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGHJAMPTON View Post
    I've never seen this film - it looks pretty good, but that poor narrator! Having to say the same thing over and over again for nearly three minutes.

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    Our threadstarter's title "film SET in Africa is a truism in that "The Mercenaries" as it was known in the UK was filmed in entirety in Jamaica and not in Africa. I work in UK and Jamaica for a Jamaican arts/media/education trust piecing together "local history to the world" and "The Mercenaries" is of poignant history since the railway line on which the film was made was is many places obliterated in the Hurricane Gilbert of 1989 leaving many communities separated.

    Adverts and photos to post in due course along the way to a website creation in 2012 to mark the 50 years of Jamaican Independence and the presentation of JA in the movies during the years 1962-2012.

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