Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
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Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary)
Sir William Walker (Marlon Brando) is the aristocratic secret agent sent by Britain to secure a profitable Portuguese sugar cane plantation for the Crown. When he arrives, he befriends the black dockworker Jose (Evaristo Marquez) and plants revolutionary ideas in his head. Walker talks Jose into robbing a bank and builds him up as a national hero in the process. Teddy Sanchez (Renato Salvatori) is the hotel desk clerk with political aspirations who falls under Walker's spell. The blacks revolt on the night of a festival parade that allows them to be disguised and move around without… More

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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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