Dark of the Sun (1968): Cardiff’s Adventure War Film, Starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux

Dark of the Sun (aka The Mercenaries in the UK) is an adventure war film starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Brown, and Peter Carsten.

Dark of the Sun

Directed by Jack Cardiff, the film is based on Wilbur Smith’s 1965 novel, The Dark of the Sun. The story concerns a band of mercenaries sent on a dangerous mission during the Congo Crisis was adapted into a screenplay by Ranald MacDougall.

Some critics condemned the film on its original release for its graphic scenes of violence and torture.


Directed by Jack Cardiff
Produced by George Englund
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (as Quentin Werty), Adrien Spies, based on The Dark of the Sun by Wilbur Smith
Music by Jacques Loussier
Cinematography Edward Scaife
Edited by Ernest Walter

Production and distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date: July 3, 1968

Running time: 101 minutes
Box office $2,000,000