Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
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Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
A 16th-century British egoist is sent to a Caribbean island to stir up a slave revolt against the Portuguese colonists, intending to secure an economic relationship between the colonists and England.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pontecorvo's pointed 1969 drama of the politics of war feels surprisingly timely."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"If there's a better filmic explanation for how people can justify exploitation and colonialism, I don't know what it is."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"...despite a number of positives...Burn! nevertheless remains oddly aloof..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I don't think Queimada is as great a movie as Battle of Algiers, but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"As a follow-up to Battle of Algiers, Burn! is a flawed film, but it's worth seeing for its tone of outrage and provocative ideas about colonialism, big business, and slavery."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A fascinating museum piece from an era in which art and radical politics often mixed to vital result."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A flawed, but intriguing work, it offers, here and there, proof of Pontecorvo's gift for ecstatic epic filmmaking."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"It seems timeless in its shrewd political and economic observations. It is as relevant today as it was then."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's a clunky political drama that features a cynical and unscrupulous Marlon Brando."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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