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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

Writers:

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:

Jadotville See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Production Co:

Parallel Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The battle at Jadotville has long been fodder for conspiracy theories due to a number of controversial U.N. leadership errors. Jadotville was easily isolated from the main force in distant Elizabethville by closing the Lufira bridge, and the total absence of U.N. combat aircraft in the theater made air cover impossible; these two factors were easily deduced and proved critical during the siege. The stated purpose of the mission was to safeguard white settlers in the Jadotville area, but Commandant Quinlan discovered not only that the settlers didn't want protection, but that many of them were hostile towards the U.N. presence; U.N. leaders rebuffed Quinlan when he tried to discuss the precarious tactical situation and ambiguous mission objectives. Quinlan was not notified in advance about the raids in Elizabethville. Once the siege began, a hastily assembled and lightly armed U.N. force sent to the Lufira bridge was prematurely withdrawn even though the enemy gendarmes they encountered were poorly prepared and were taking heavy casualties; the respite allowed Katangan forces to dig in and stop the U.N. relief column that subsequently arrived. Finally, the water airlifted to the troops by helicopter was contaminated with diesel fuel and was undrinkable.

Although these errors may have been the result of simple (and pervasive) incompetence by U.N. leadership, some conspiracy theorists have accused the U.N. of purposefully undermining the Irish contingent. See more »

Goofs

When Hammarskjöld's airplane is attacked, the fighter seen briefly outside the window is a different type than the Phantom II fighter jet seen in the following shot. 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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Wi' a Hundred Pipers
(Traditional Song)
Arranged by Duncan Aran and Cy Jack
Published by De Wolfe LTD.
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Hidden gem!
19 January 2017 | by viper-57726See all my reviews

What a movie, came out of nowhere and was sitting on my list for a long time before i downloaded for a flight due to lack of anything else to watch. Seems Netflix has a promising future in the movie department now too.

Draws understandable comparisons with Zulu, but the real shame is behind the true story here and the reason why it's not a widely known about event.

Ignoring the real events (which were incredible and worth further research) the movie really stands on its own as a thoroughly entertaining war film. Tensions builds nicely and results in a whole load of impressive action sequences.

Credit to Dornan who is unfortunately going to be more known for the whole 50 shades nonsense, hopefully once he gets past that he wont be held back on more decent roles.


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