Guns at Batasi


1h 42m 1964

Brief Synopsis

A Regiment Sergeant is caught between maintianing order in a recently liberated colonial African country and fighting off an African officer whose group opposes British-approved government.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 30 Sep 1964
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Siege of Battersea by Robert Holles (London, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

When a rebellion breaks out in the capital of the newly-independent nation of Batasi, Colonel Deal is ordered to confine all British Army personnel to quarters and to turn over his command of a mixed Anglo-African regiment to a native African officer, Captain Abraham. Colonel Deal departs for the capital, and the second-ranking African officer, Lieutenant Boniface, quickly arrests Captain Abraham and assumes command of the regiment in the name of the rebels. Stranded at the airport because of the rebellion, British Private Wilkes and a Swedish United Nations employee, Karen Eriksson, go to the all-white sergeants' mess, administered by Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale, a staunch old-line British career soldier. Lauderdale is serving as host to Miss Barker-Wise, a leftwing Member of Parliament on a factfinding tour. Captain Abraham escapes from his guards and, seriously injured, finds refuge in the messhall. Overriding the protests of Miss Barker-Wise, who naively champions Boniface, Lauderdale refuses to surrender Abraham to the rebel leader. Boniface threatens to destroy the mess if Lauderdale does not comply with his demand. Deal returns from the capital, and as he announces the success of the revolt and British recognition of the new government, Wilkes and Lauderdale blow up the antitank guns positioned to raze the messhall. Boniface, now a colonel, orders Lauderdale out of the country, and Lauderdale complies, looking forward to the future wherever the army may take him.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 30 Sep 1964
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Siege of Battersea by Robert Holles (London, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

I have seen Calcutta. I have eaten camel dung. My knees are brown, my navel is central, my conscience is clear, and my will is with my solicitors, Short and Curly.
- Sgt. Major Lauderdale
Will you stick a boomerang in that great Aussie cakehole of yours until I've finished!?
- Sergeant Major Lauderdale

Trivia

Notes

Opened in London in September 1964.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1964

CinemaScope

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1964