The Cruiser, a hero of the anti-colonial struggle
The Siege of Jadotville, directed by Richie Smyth, inspired by Declan Power's fine book, is the best battle film since Zulu, a powerful tribute to the courage of Commandant Patrick Quinlan and the troops of A Company, 35th Battalion.
But the politics of the screenplay by Kevin Brodbin are the most perverse since Oliver Stone's ridiculous JFK. They amount to a hatchet job on the late Conor Cruise O'Brien.
From start to finish, the film scapegoats O'Brien so that he comes across as a bumbler and a bad guy.