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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:

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

Jadotville was the first major battle fought with the Belgian- made 7.62 mm FN-FAL Battle Rifle, with both sides utilizing what was essentially the same rifle. The Irish had their L1A1 variant and the Belgian/French/Katangese forces used Belgian made rifles to include the early version of the paratrooper FAL, commonly called the "Congo Rifle". See more »

Goofs

Hammarskjöld's DC-6 is shown being attacked by a McDonnell F4H (later McDonnell Douglas F-4) Phantom II fighter jet. In September 1961, the sole combat user of this aircraft was the United States Navy; several years would elapse before this jet was widely distributed to other countries, and the first and only African user would be Egypt, which did not obtain any until 1979.

It has been speculated that the producers were trying to imply the existence of an anti-U.N. conspiracy by the United States; however, the flight went down near Ndola, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Zambia), which is about 630 mi (1,015 km) from the nearest part of the Indian Ocean, well beyond the feasible combat radius of a Phantom II fighter operating from an aircraft carrier.

Historians speculate that Hammarskjöld's flight was attacked by a Fouga Magister, an entirely dissimilar-looking jet that is (correctly) seen attacking the Irish troops at other times during the film. 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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Soundtracks

Rakish Paddy, The Wild Irishman
Arranged by Kevin Crehan
Performed by Kevin Crehan, Danny Taylor and Hal Rosenfeld
Published by Dogwood Flower Music
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Based on a True Unknown Story of Courage
10 October 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quilan (Jamie Dornan) to Katanga, in Congo, to protect the inhabitants of the mining town of Jadotville in the beginning of a civil war. Meanwhile the UN adviser Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien (Mark Strong) launches a military attack named Operation Morthor against the French and Belgian mercenaries. Soon there is a reprisal from the mercenaries and Quilana and his men are left under the siege of a huge Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist to the attack?

"The Siege of Jadotville" is a great action film with a story based on a true unknown story of courage. The action scenes are spectacular but the political conspiracy could be better explained for viewers that do not have knowledge of this historical event. But "The Siege of Jadotville" is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

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