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The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

An aging Sir Hector Geste takes a young greedy wife who's after his famed Blue Water sapphire but his sons hide the gem and join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa.

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Sheikh
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General Pecheur
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Sheikh's Aide & Camel Salesman
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The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When Sir Hector takes to his deathbed (where he remains for the duration of the film), Beau absconds with the stone, to keep it from his stepmother. Flavia pursues him to North Africa, dispensing sexual favors to promote her schemes. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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16 December 1977 (Denmark)  »

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Positively the Last Remake of Beau Geste  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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At the start of the picture the film features not the then current color Universal Picturs logo of the time but an old black-and-white Universal Pictures studio logo which becomes the brunt of a major parody sequence featuring Marty Feldman. See more »

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When the soldiers are singing as they make their way to the fort, the mouth movements are out of sync with the song being sung. See more »

Quotes

Beau Geste (age 12): A Viking funeral... Digby, will you set fire to me and bury me at sea?
Digby Geste (age 12): Well, alright... but not until you're dead.
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Featured in Muppet Babies: ...At the Movies (1990) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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12 December 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember Marty Feldman, having first seen him in TV's "At Last the 1948 Show" in the '60's and his eccentric brand of humour has not aged much. I say much because sadly the naughty sexual innuendo and double entendre's do make me wish for a simpler age. A time when the thought of aged Trevor Howard and an absolutely stunning Anne-Margaret heading for the bedroom to do "something creative with a chandelier and a feather duster" brought forth a chortle.

The rest however is top notch improvisational comedy. Constantly watchable if not thigh-slappingly funny. It is a stream of amusement interspersed with runs of out loud laughter.

The horse with the prosthetic leg matching his rider is brilliant. As another poster stated the large range of quality actors appearing is a tribute to Marty Feldman's professional standing. To see Darth Vader, er, I mean James Earl Jones doing a very funny parody of Terry-Thomas who actually appears in the film is wonderful.

I liked Mel Brooks' "Men in Tights" which closely resembles "Last Remakes" style but somehow Marty could skew the humour that one more degree to make it just that little bit more eccentrically funny.

It may seem a bit silly in parts now, but overall it is thoroughly enjoyable. And finding a child look-a-like for Marty Feldman made me push this films rating from a 7 to an 8.


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