During the Rif War in Morocco, the French Foreign Legion's outpost of Tarfa is threatened by Khalif Hussein's tribes but Sergeant Mike Kincaid devises a plan of survival until the arrival of French reinforcements.
The son of a dead Italian nobleman and a wealthy American woman forgets the disappointment of finding he has no talent for being a painter by succumbing to the sexual advances of an amoral model who believes in indiscriminate love affairs.
Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces.Written by
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Sidney Pollack confessed that the shooting took too long to complete, which meant that warm weather began to melt the snow. The crew also became very erratic because of this shooting where actors had to act in hot summer as if it were in deep winter. See more »
When the soldiers push the VW into the moat, the passenger side window is open. The car sinks and then pops to the surface and floats (air tight and they really do float) ... but when it surfaces, the passenger window is up. Of course, the car would have stayed on the bottom, had the window been open. See more »
Sfc. Rossie Baker:
Listen, battles are lost because people get excited. There's only one way to calm the situation down - go to bed with a woman. Afterwards you'll be able to concentrate.
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I was introduced to this film a few years after it's making. It was, as many previous reviewers have mentioned, a far from stereotypical portrayal of war! As one who was born immediately after the war, and subsequently raised on the real horror of that event, I was captivated by the lack of "Hollywood" in the production. I will always remember the scenes in the bakery. Whatever the horror of the immediate environment the need to survive and maintain our basic needs transcends the bestiality of the moment. The person that introduced me to the film had had some correspondence with the Director. He was reportedly bemused by his enthusiasm! I think he'd made a masterpiece?
Personally I would suggest that the 'subtlety' of it's observation of it's subject matter in the era of `The Green Beret' will make it a viewing `must' for followers of the genre for decades to come!
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