Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
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Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
British agent provocateur William Walker foments a slave uprising on a Caribbean island of Quemada in the 1840s and then installs his own leader, an illiterate sugar cane cutter. But, when the puppet leader learns that the new masters are no better than the old, Walker must return to the island to suppress a new revolution.

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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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