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I do NOT at all agree with the other reviewers about this one!
I am amazed as I watch this film, as it sure doesn't seem anything like the other reviews have described. They are all quite glowing in the film's praise--saying it's the best of the Foreign Legion films and filled with excitement. Were we watching the same film?! "Desert Sands" is a terrible film--not at all convincing and, in some ways, rather silly. My biggest complaints are the casting and the the writing. Among the cast, there is no one who seems the least bit French but even more importantly, there's no one who seems remotely North African! Now perhaps you could explain the troops not being French because it's the FOREIGN Legion...but the North Africans are all very white and some (particularly the leader) sound as if they were educated at prep school! It's utterly ridiculous and sloppy...very, very sloppy. As for the writing, it's bad--particularly when it comes to dialog. None of it sounds the least bit realistic and is filled with clichés. This is a bad movie! The bottom line is that there are LOTS of better desert films--such as "Beau Gest", "The Lost Patrol"....even "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion"!! I just think this is a terrible film--one that inexplicably is adored by some others.
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