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Operation Leopard

Operation Leopard

A Feature film by Raoul Coutard

Produced by Bela Productions, Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC)

Release in France : 09/01/1980


    The film is based on true events: In 1978 approximately 3,000 heavily armed fighters from Katanga crossed the border to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and marched into Kolwezi, a mining centre for copper and cobalt. They took 3,000 civilians as hostages. Within a few days between 90 and 280 hostages were killed. The rebels appeared to be unpredictable and are reported to have threatened to annihilate all civilians. The Congo's head of state Mobutu urged Belgium, France and the United States to help. France sent the Foreign Legion's 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment who were flown from Corsica to Kolwezi. Following their arrival they secured the perimeter in cooperation with Belgian soldiers from Zaire and then started to evacuate the civilians. Within two days more than 2,000 Europeans and about 3,000 African citizens were saved. The film strives to depict these events in a dramatised form, concentrating on the Europeans' plight.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges de Beauregard

    Author of original work :

    Jean-Pierre Sergent

    Screenwriters :

    André G. Brunelin, Raoul Coutard

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Mellier

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Millet

    Sound Editor :

    Marco Cavé

    Continuity supervisor :

    Monique Herran

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Assistant Director :

    Philippe Charigot

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Laurent

    Director of Photography :

    Georges Liron

    Camera Operator :

    Jean Garcenot

    Editor :

    Michel Lewin

    Assistant editor :

    Martine Boullier

    Music Composer :

    Serge Franklin

    Location managers :

    Joël Gautier, Marcel Mossotti

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    Feature film

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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