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The Foreign Legion - they were the greatest fighting force of all time and they obeyed but one command - [March Or Die] See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Maj. William Sherman Foster

Terence Hill ... Marco Segrain

Catherine Deneuve ... Simone Picard

Max von Sydow ... Francois Marneau

Ian Holm ... El Krim

Jack O'Halloran ... Ivan

Rufus ... Sgt. Triand

Marcel Bozzuffi ... Lt. Fontaine

André Penvern ... Top Hat
Paul Sherman ... Fred Hastings

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Mean Corporal

Marne Maitland ... Leon
Luigi Bonos ... Andre
Wolf Kahler ... First German
Matthias Hell ... Second German
Jean Champion ... Minister

Walter Gotell ... Col. Lamont
Paul Antrim ... Mollard
Catherine Willmer ... Petite Lady
Arnold Diamond ... Husband
Maurice Arden ... Pierre Lahoud
Albert Woods ... Henri Delacorte
Liliane Rovère ... Lola
Elisabeth Mortensen ... French Street Girl
Leila Shenna ... Arab Street Girl
François Valorbe ... Detective
Villena ... Gendarme
Ernest Misko ... Aide in Minister's Office
Guy Deghy ... Ship's Captain
Jean Rougerie ... Legionnaire 1 at Station
Guy Mairesse ... Legionnaire 2 at Station

Eve Brenner ... Singing Girl
Guy Marly ... Singing Legionnaire
Margaret Modlin ... Lady in Black
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Barboo ... (uncredited)
Clément Harari ... Bernard (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Richards 
Writing credits
David Zelag Goodman (story) and
Dick Richards (story)

David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Patrick Guide .... associate producer: Morocco
Dick Richards .... producer
Georges-Patrick Salvy-Guide .... associate producer: Morocco
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Stanford C. Allen 
O. Nicholas Brown 
John C. Howard 
Casting by
Guidarino Guidi (casting: Rome)
Maude Spector (casting: London)
Catherine Vernoux (casting: Paris)
Larbi Yacoubi (casting: Morocco)
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo 
Art Direction by
John Graysmark 
José María Tapiador 
Set Decoration by
Julián Mateos 
Dennis J. Parrish 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini (costume designer: for Catherine Deneuve)
Makeup Department
Blanca Sánchez .... hair stylist
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Diego Gómez Sempere .... production manager (as Diego Sempere)
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
Mike Moder .... production supervisor
Miguel Ángel Recuero .... production manager
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor
Mohamed Tazi .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Delacroix .... assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Steve Lanning .... second assistant director
Mustapha Laqhaz .... assistant director
José López Rodero .... assistant director
Peter Waller .... third assistant director
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Bullock .... sound editor
Bill Phillips .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
R.A. MacDonald .... special effects (as Robert MacDonald)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts
Juan Maján .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator
Brandy .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Bogue .... chief electrician
James Devis .... camera operator
Federico G. Grau .... still photographer (as Federico Grau)
Ron Green .... best boy
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Micky Wilson .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe supervisor (as Tony Scarano)
Editorial Department
David Blangsted .... assistant editor
Joel Cox .... assistant editor
Dick Darling .... assistant editor (as Richard Darling Jr.)
María Luisa Pino .... second assistant editor
Frederick Wilson .... re-editing
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Other crew
Christina Anderson .... production assistant
B.J. Bjorkman .... continuity (as B.J. Bachman)
Mike Dempsey .... production assistant (as Michael Dempsey)
Ann Edwards .... continuity
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Lew Grade .... presents (as Sir Lew Grade)
Denise O'Dell .... production secretary
Georges-Patrick Salvy-Guide .... production associate: Morocco
John Wall .... production accountant
Rusty Warren .... location accountant
Rusty Warren .... location auditor

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107 min
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El Krim is based on the Morrocian revolutionary Abd el-Krim (1882-1963), the leader of a large-scale armed resistance movement in the Rif, a Berber area of north-eastern Morocco.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Sgt. Triand:[El Krim's mounted tribesmen are growing in number and coming dangerously close to the Legionnaires holed up in the compound. Major Foster seems indecisive] Please, sir, the orders?... The men are waiting for your orders.
Maj. William Sherman Foster:[Showing signs of disorientation, with WWI flashback] Are the men in their trenches?
Sgt. Triand:[Impassively] There are no trenches, sir.
Maj. William Sherman Foster:[Getting agitated] Why haven't the trenches been dug?
Sgt. Triand:[Calmly reminding Foster that the men were building the wall that Major Foster himself had ordered built a few days earlier] The men were building a wall for protection, sir.
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
More Like March and Die, 18 August 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

This is THE French Foreign Legion movie, mainly because there aren't very many of them. Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in a sort of remake in '98 ("Legionnaire"). This features a truly international cast. The lead American is Gene Hackman, as the major commander of the outpost. Terence Hill is best known for his "Trinity" character in spaghetti western comedies from Italy. He plays a new recruit, an acrobatic thief who quickly becomes an unofficial hero among the men. Von Sydow is the Swedish member, who made his name in Ingmar Bergman films; he plays an archaeologist here. Deneuve, as a visiting daughter of a deceased associate of Von Sydow's, is the famous French actress. Ian Holm is British, but plays the Arab leader. Also on hand is Jack O'Halloran, ex-boxer, as a giant ex-bodyguard for the swept away Russian aristocracy. He appeared in "Superman" the following year.

As most people know, the Legion was composed of men who no longer had a place anywhere else in the world. They're all on the run from something or someone, and it's spelled out here, more than once. The time is just after World War I; the place is Morocco. The picture doesn't skimp on detailing this atmosphere; there was obviously a lot of money well spent on getting it right, though Hackman always seems a bit out of place (I believe Legion commanders had to be French, but you can do much worse than Hackman). If anything, it dwells a bit too much on detail and the first hour is tedious. The pic still didn't explain for me the purpose of having the men trudge endlessly in the desert sands, except maybe to weed out weaklings. There's a touching subplot involving a sad sack legionnaire whom Hill is unable to save despite continual effort. Mostly, the story revolves around the hardship involved, accompanied by a required sadism on the part of commanders, to get by day to day in the Legion.

It all points to a thrilling battle in the final act, when the Arab leader sends his hordes against the vastly outnumbered legionnaires, who seem stuck in a 'fight to the last man' scenario. The plot has Hackman under orders to provide guard at an excavation site, giving Holm an excuse to unite the tribes in a bloody attack. It's eye-opening to hear the Arab leader speak of resisting all foreigners and realize nothing much has changed even as I type this. But the final battle is spectacular, reminiscent of "Zulu." Though outnumbered about 20 to 1, the Legion makes effective use of rapid-fire weapons. Photographed on a great location, there are some startling images of numerous bodies littering the sands. I acquired an R2 DVD, which is the best way of viewing this film at this point.

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