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Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he ... See full summary »

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Guido Rosetti
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Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti. The mobster discover his whereabouts and enrolls two hitmen to finish him off. With their fort under siege and enemies within, Lefevre finds that second chances are difficult to come by in the Legion. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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Rated R for battle violence | See all certifications »
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3 December 1998 (Australia)  »

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Légionnaire  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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When they are attacked at the waterhole, Guido is suppose to fire at an incoming horseman. But when he takes aim, the rifle bolt is in the open position which makes it impossible to fire. Yet he manages to fire anyway, and in the next shot the bolt is in the locked position See more »

Quotes

[Galgani offers Alain a bribe to lose his next boxing match.]
Alain Lefevre: I don't crash the canvas for anyone.
Lucien Galgani: You fight for me, or you never fight again.
[The legionnaires set out on their long march across the desert.]
Guido Rosetti: Hey Alain, how far you think this fort is, eh?
Alain Lefevre: I don't know, Guido.
Guido Rosetti: What do you think, Mac?
Mackintosh: [irritated] About a mile closer than the last time you asked.
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Version of March or Die (1977) See more »

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Mon légionnaire
Lyrics by Raymond Asso
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Performed by Ute Lemper with Massive Attack
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16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the least typical Van Damme film - and his absolute best. really, if you come to this film expecting a typical Van Damme film, please go see Double Impact or Hard Target again.

Based on a real incident during the 1925 Morocco campaign (and most of us didn't even know there was such a campaign), and highly suggestive of the many versions of Beau Geste that women have wept over in movie-houses for decades, this is a story about the French Foreign Legion. Viewers should be warned that the slogan of the Legion at this time was "March or die!" The only thing that kept these men from killing each other was that the Berbers were so much better at killing them.

The film has an epic structure to it. The cinematography doesn't quite match this, but it is rock-solid. The actors are all very able. Clichés do drift through the film, but the final battle makes up for most of these.

And, oh, yes, Van Damme can actually act. Quite well, when he doesn't let it get to his head.


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