The Siege of Jadotville

Synopsis: In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quilan 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 Quilana and his men are left under the siege of a huge Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist to the attack?
Director(s): Richie Smyth
Production: Netflix
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
60%
Year:
2016
108 min
Website
96 Views

I once heard a man say that, in Africa,

the sun is like a furnace

that either melts you...

or forges you.

Everything...

that is underneath this earth

belongs to all our people.

Does not belong to the Belgians.

Does not belong to the Americans.

Does not belong to you, mon Frre.

That's one way to look at it.

Here's another.

The Congo is a provider of over half of...

more than half of the world's copper

and cobalt to the USA and the USSR.

Both of these minerals essential...

Both of these minerals necessary to

the superpowers' weapons-guidance systems.

We should not stand idly...

No. We cannot stand idly by...

while General Tshombe

colludes with the mining companies

to control the province of Katanga.

And with the assassination

of Prime Minister Lumumba,

we now have a moral imperative

to send in more peacekeepers.

The United Nations,

in deference to the Congo's wishes,

has asked that, once again,

these peacekeepers come from Ireland.

Apart from serving as head

of the United Nations' Congo Division,

I'm an Irishman myself.

Therefore, I am very proud

that we've been asked to serve.

You see Caesar, he knew.

I'll be the first to go.

- Are you lads in the Congo mission?

- We are, yeah.

Sit down.

- Do you want a drink?

- Yeah, Guinness.

P? Four, please.

Everyone else was cracking.

That's why you get 200,000 people

surrendering to 60,000.

That's the difference.

Now, the thing is,

politicians,

they don't understand tactics.

And soldiers,

they don't understand strategy.

But Caesar, he understood both.

Julius Caesar in the corner.

He's read it all.

He knows every battle ever fought.

- Does he know about the real thing?

- None of us do.

Remember who's in charge.

He's your commanding officer.

Yes, sir.

You could have said something.

You're a f*cking idiot!

Commandant.

Sure only my wife calls me that.

One for my friend, please.

- Are you looking forward to it?

- Looking forward to the challenge.

- The men are looking forward to it, too.

- And I hope they're ready for it.

What do you think?

Will we see any action?

Who knows? I don't think any of us

have a clue what's going on out there.

Your dinner's in the dog.

I was being delightful and witty company.

Ah, that's a nice change for you.

A lesser man

might take that the wrong way.

Might he?

Well, I would only be guessing.

I love this song.

Come here. Come here.

- Can we dance to this?

- No.

For me, for me

Cupid, please hear my cry...

That'll be them.

Making it official.

My lover's heart for me...

Now, I don't mean to bother you...

Hold that thought.

There's danger

Of me losing all of my happiness

For I love a girl

Who doesn't know I exist

And this you can fix...

Jadotville.

In the Katanga region.

Yes, General. I understand.

Report 0600 hours.

Okay.

Straight to my lover's heart for me

Nobody but me

Cupid, please hear my cry...

Aren't you excited as all hell to go?

Don't you want to see

if you're as good as you think?

Now, Cupid

Don't you hear me calling you

I need you, Cupid

Hey. Hey. Hey, yes, hey.

Hey. Hey.

Donnelly.

Trousers.

Everybody, young and old

Learn how to rock 'n' roll

Listen here, something new...

Sweet Jesus!

Foot stompin', foot stompin'

Foot stompin', foot stompin'

Foot stompin', foot stompin'...

Is it going to be sore?

I can't watch.

This won't hurt.

Hi.

My fiance is a nurse.

She said this will be all right.

F*ck.

Is that it?

You know I'm shipping off to war, yeah?

I might die without knowing the love

of a good Irish woman.

Foot stompin', foot stompin'

Foot stompin', foot stompin'

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Kevin Brodbin

Kevin Brodbin is an Irish screenwriter. His credits include writing the screenplay and story for The Glimmer Man (1996) and Mindhunters (2004). He is also the co-author of Constantine (2005), the film adaptation of the DC Comics comic book Hellblazer. In addition, Brodbin worked on the screenplays for The X Men and its sequels, as well as the film version of The A-Team. More recent projects include James Cameron's remake of the sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage. He scripted and produced the 2016 film The Siege of Jadotville, which was released by Netflix Original Films. more…

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