- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 22, 2011
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2011
"There's a great feel for the suicidal brio of the career adventurer, and that sense of life spent in proximity to death informs the razor's-edge set pieces..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/14/2012
"If you're a sucker for macho action flicks like THE EXPENDABLES, then Jack Cardiff's DARK OF THE SUN is required viewing." -- Grade: A
Description by OLDIES.com:
Take elite commandos, send them on a do-or-die assignment - and sit back and watch the action explode. The men-on-a-mission formula that worked in 1967's The Dirty Dozen and in Where Eagles Dare (released in the U.S. in 1969) provides another salvo of volatile screen adventure with this strike-force saga released in 1968. Rod Taylor and Jim Brown are among a mercenary unit rolling on a steam train across the Congo, headed for the dual tasks of rescuing civilians imperiled by rebels and recovering a cache of diamonds. The film's violence is fierce, unforgiving, ahead of its time. Quentin Tarantino would offer a tribute of sorts to this red-blooded wallop of a cult fave by using part of its compelling score in Inglourious Basterds.
Rod Taylor plays a hardbitten mercenary in the Congo searching for uncut diamonds.
In this action/adventure, based on a real event that occurred in the late 1950s, mercenaries, led by war-weary soldier-of-fortune, Major Curry, are assigned to rescue refugees in the rebel-held Belgian Congo.
- Color by Metrocolor.
- Additional cast: Olivier Despax (Surrier), Guy Deghy (Delage), Murray Kash (Cochrane), John serret (Father Dominic), and Danny Daniels (General Moses).
- Much of the film was shot on location in Africa.
- Includes trailer.