Set during the last days of the British Empire, Richard Attenborough plays Regimental Sergeant-Major Lauderdale, the martinet of an East African military outpost in the middle of the transfer of authority between the white overlords and a newly independent African nation on the eve that native revolutionists start a reign of terror.
The actor spent a year trailing an RSM in preparation for the role, and it paid rich dividends. Ferociously steely and ultra-officious, Attenborough is utterly convincing as Lauderdale, a man whose career is his very reason for being.
The coup d’état that threatens his position brings out the best and worst in the man.
Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale
Sgt. ‘Dodger’ Brown
Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin
Sgt. ‘Muscles’ Dunn
Sgt. ‘Schoolie’ Prideaux
Sgt. ‘Aussie’ Drake