A man masquerading as a dead soldier seeks to desert his post and join the enemy in their struggle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant Otto Josef Klems
Mohamed Abdel Krim
Howard Ross ...
French General
Franco Ressel ...
Lieutenant Dupleix
Massimo Righi ...
French Legion Officer
Pasquale Basile
Rossella Como ...
Miss Schinn, the Reporter
Dada Gallotti ...
Sergeant Granval
Sergeant Bogdanowitsch
Mario Donen
Hassiba Rochdi
Hattab Eddhib


A man masquerading as a dead soldier seeks to desert his post and join the enemy in their struggle.

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Do anything to stay alive!


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Release Date:

3 December 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Man of Legend  »

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(Westrex Sound System)


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Based on the true story of Josef Otto Klems, a German soldier who later became Chief of Staff to Abd-el-Krim. Klems was eventually captured and shot for desertion in 1926. See more »

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Rubbish !!!

How the hell can we qualify a movie speaking of the French Foreign Legion as a good movie, or at least as a true authentic film about it, when the legionaries in this story have a long hair? Have any of you even seen a legionary, or a trooper fighting under flags, with a long hair? I can't stand this lack of care in the production of a movie. This means a lack of respect for the audience. How dumb they think the audiences are? I am not, sorry. No matter the story itself, no matter the acting, no matter the editing, no latter whatever you wish, when I see such things which could easily be avoided by the director, I throw this movie away. Such a shame, because the story may be really good besides, but it is spoiled by such careless behaviour from the film maker and producers. If myself was only an extra on a movie and if I saw such corny details, I would argue and go to tell it to the technicians or who ever you want. Maybe they would fire me, but at least I would say it high and loud.

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