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Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1939 (USA)
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

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Storyline

Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight, Lady Brandon is forced to sell her most treasured jewel the mighty "Blue Water" sapphire. The household gets it out for one final look, the lights go out and it vanishes stolen by one of the brothers, no doubt. That night, Beau, Digby, and John each "confess" and slip out, John leaving behind Isabel, whom he loves. They all join the Foreign Legion, and Beau and Digby are split from John and put under the command of the ruthless and sadistic Sergeant Markoff. Things begin to get hairy as the rest of the Legionaires plot a mutiny against Markoff, in the midst of an attack by Arab hordes. Written by Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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Three against the world...brothers and soldiers all! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »

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24 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Drei Fremdenlegionäre  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Cooper was 38, although his character was supposed to be in his early twenties. See more »

Goofs

When the "Blue Water" is "stolen" with the lights out it appears pitch black, but that can't be correct because there is a bright fire burning in the fireplace. See more »

Quotes

[Schwartz is shouting at the legionnaires to mutiny against Markoff]
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Wait a minute. I don't know much about mutinies, but I do know it isn't good form to plan them at the top of your voice.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "The love of a man for a woman wanes and waxes like the moon . . . but the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars, and endures like the word of the prophet."

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Connections

Remade as Bôrô no kesshitai (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legionnaire's Song
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Music by Troy Sanders
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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7 March 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

How different adventure movies from in the 1930s are from their counterparts today. Honor, loyalty, bravery, sacrifice...what concepts! Beau Geste has them all in spades.

A very interesting story, this movie is as much a mystery as adventure story. It spans 15 years, following three adopted brothers from their childhood in an English manor house to their membership in the French Foreign Legion and their stationing at a fort in the remote reaches of the Sahara.

If you are tired of the paperthin, hole-ridden plots of today's action movies that rely on CGI and special effects instead of story, then this movie is for you!


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