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May 1966 (USA) See more »
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French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina and against Algerian guerrilla during the Algerian War. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Anthony Quinn ... Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy

Alain Delon ... Captain Phillipe Esclavier

George Segal ... Lt. Mahidi

Michèle Morgan ... Countess Natalie de Clairefons
Maurice Ronet ... Capain. Boisfeuras

Claudia Cardinale ... Aicha
Grégoire Aslan ... Dr. Ali Ben Saad
Jean Servais ... General Melies
Maurice Sarfati ... Merle
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Orsini (as Jean-Claude Berq)
Syl Lamont ... Verte
Jacques Marin ... Mayor
Jean-Paul Moulinot ... De Guyot
Andrés Monreal ... Ahmed
Gordon Heath ... Dia
Albert Simono ... Sapinsky (as Simono)
René Havard ... Fernand
Armand Mestral ... Administration Officer

Burt Kwouk ... Viet Officer
Al Mulock ... Mugnier
Marie Burke ... Mother Raspeguy

Aldo Sambrell ... Ibrahim (as Aldo Sanbrell)
George Rigaud ... Priest (as Jorge Rigaud)
Roberto Robles ... Manuel
Emilio Carrer ... Father Mahidi
Carmen Tarrazo ... Mother Mahidi
Howard Hagan ... Pilot
Mario De Barros ... Geoffrin
Walter Kelley ... MP Major (as Walter Kelly)
Robert Sutton ... Yussef
Simon Benzakein ... Arab Customer
Héctor Quiroga ... Bakhti
Félix de Pomés ... Aged Speaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José María Caffarel ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Manuel de Blas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Verte (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Jean Lartéguy (novel "The Centurions")

Nelson Gidding 

Produced by
Mark Robson .... producer
John R. Sloan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Casting by
Harvey Woods 
 
Art Direction by
John Stoll 
 
Set Decoration by
Vernon Dixon 
 
Costume Design by
Tanine Autré  (as Janine Autré)
 
Makeup Department
Harold Fletcher .... makeup artist
Francisco Puyol .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mac Davidson .... production manager
Claude Hudson .... unit manager (as Claud Hudson)
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as Joe Ochoa)
 
Art Department
José Algueró .... assistant art director
Harry Arbour .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Jack Haynes .... sound
Wally Milner .... sound
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Baquero .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Tuch .... visuals
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Surtees .... camera operator
Jack Willoughby .... additional photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe (as John Wilson Apperson)
 
Music Department
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
René Lepage .... military advisor
Apolinar Rabinal .... location manager
Antonio Sanz Ridruejo .... military advisor
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Miguel Gil .... extra asst. director (uncredited)
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version) (uncredited)
 
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129 min
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Movie was banned in France for over 10 years. Subsequent French releases were heavily edited until the full DVD-release in 2002.See more »
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Factual errors: The Vietminh Commander played by Burt Kwouk is speaking Cantonese, a southern Chinese dialect, and not Vietnamese.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Phillipe Esclavier:Nobody goes into the village, I'm in command here and that's an order!
[takes out service pistol]
Verte:If that was you, sir, all chopped up, we'd do the same for you.
Capt. Boisfeuras:We must avenge the mutilation of our three comrades.
[turns to others]
Capt. Boisfeuras:Go!
Capt. Phillipe Esclavier:Stop!
[shoots near Capt. Boisfeuras feet]
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Reasserting Colonialism, 3 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The more honored documentary like film, The Battle for Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo is considered the last cinema word on the subject of the title and this film is often overlooked. Yet Lost Command has a lot to recommend it and it's a pity it doesn't get more acclaim than it does.

This is a retelling of a part of the Algerian War for Independence which ate like a cancer at the French body politic. For reasons best left to French historians, the Fourth Republic of France when it was created after World War II, decided to reassert it's sovereignty over its colonial possessions. France was then involved with a whole lot of brushfire wars in its colonies.

The film opens actually in French Indochina at the Battle of Dienbienphu where the French got themselves surrounded and the guerrillas they had been fighting for years came out in the open. Among others surrendering was Anthony Quinn's regiment of paratroopers which included the unit historian Alain Delon and George Segal an Algerian Moslem serving in the French army.

Quinn is a tough and charismatic leader of his troops who's risen up through the ranks to become a Lieutenant Colonel. He's not got any family connections, but he's not above making a few of his own by romancing the widow of his commander Michelle Morgan to get out of the doghouse he's found himself in. The French army as in the days of Dreyfus is looking for scapegoats for Dienbienphu.

Quinn gets command of a new unit of paratroopers assigned to Algeria and upon getting there finds his old comrade Segal now thoroughly radicalized and fighting for independence. Quinn sees an opportunity for promotion and a chance to clear himself if he does a good job in Algeria. Delon is horrified by the brutality of the war on both sides, even more so when he's made a fool of by Claudia Cardinale who is Segal's sister and seduces him into allowing her access to the French command headquarters.

Though the French gave independence to their other African colonies like French West and French Equatorial Africa and Tunisia and Morocco, for some reason they wanted to hang on in Algeria. In their minds they deluded themselves into thinking that it was part of metropolitan France. After the action in this film concludes, the Fifth Republic was formed and Charles DeGaulle returned to power for the express reason of dealing with the bloody war in Algeria. Only DeGaulle had the prestige and clout to get the French to quit Algeria. It was a personal and political risky position to take as DeGaulle soon found out. Time has proved the wisdom of what DeGaulle did.

In a way all of the leading characters either get what they want or are proved right. You'll have to see the film to get my meaning.

The film was shot in Spain which served as Algeria. The battle scenes are excellently done and the players are all well cast. By all means catch this film if it is shown on television.

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