During the 1920s, French Foreign Legion Major William Foster's unit is protecting an archaeological dig but the discovery of an Arab sacred burial site prompts the angry Arab tribes to attack Foster's small garrison.

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Cast

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Maj. William Sherman Foster
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Marco Segrain
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Simone Picard
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Francois Marneau
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El Krim
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Ivan
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Sgt. Triand
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Lt. Fontaine
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Top Hat
Paul Sherman ...
Fred Hastings
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Mean Corporal
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Leon
Luigi Bonos ...
Andre
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Matthias Hell ...
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Foreign Legion Major Foster (Hackman), an American haunted by his memories of the recently-ended Great War, is assigned to protect a group of archaeologists at their dig. Foster's unit includes the charming, thieving rascal Marco (Hill), who joined the Legion only to avoid prison. After long stretches portraying the boredom and hardship of day-to-day life in the Legion, Foster's command occupies a small village where the archaeologists believe they've found a burial site sacred to the Arabs. An Arab leader (Holm) uses this affront to unite the tribes in Jihad, and attacks the tiny Legion garrison at the dig. An epic battle follows, very reminiscent of the film "Zulu". Costumes, firearms, and props are all very authentic-looking, and show great attention to detail. Written by Cameron Fairchild <fairchop@ix.netcom.com>

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The magnificent story of every courageous man who has ever gone out to face death and every brave woman who has ever waited for him to return. See more »


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8 September 1977 (West Germany)  »

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Marchar o morir  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

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The Legion uses French military equipment and customs. Yet in one scene, when the new recruits are awakened one morning, an American bugle call (reveille) is used. See more »

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El Krim: [showing Foster and his patrol the dead body of a legionnair] One of my men got restless.
Maj. William Sherman Foster: [an Arab walks over to the body and spits in his face. Suddenly Segrain shoots the Arab at point blank range. Everyone is pointing weapons at everyone] One of my men got restless.
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Plaisir d'amour
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By Johann Martini and Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
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a great movie about the French Foreign Legion in the desert
13 July 2000 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This movie was a very good effort, full of great detail and authentic props. Gene Hackman is the leader of this group of men in the French foreign legion assigned to protect men that are digging up artifacts in Morocco. The natives aren't to happy with this and in the end one of the greater combat scenes on film unfolds.If you like seeing good battles and fights against arabs in the desert, you'll like this one.


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