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The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

An aging Sir Hector Geste (Trevor Howard) 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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Marty Feldman

Writers:

Marty Feldman (screenplay), Chris Allen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Flavia Geste
Marty Feldman ... Dagobert 'Digby' Geste
Michael York ... Beau Geste
Peter Ustinov ... Markov
James Earl Jones ... Sheikh
Trevor Howard ... Sir Hector
Henry Gibson ... General Pecheur
Terry-Thomas ... Governor
Roy Kinnear ... Boldini
Spike Milligan ... Crumble
Avery Schreiber ... Sheikh's Aide & Camel Salesman
Hugh Griffith ... Judge
Irene Handl ... Miss Wormwood
Sinéad Cusack ... Isabel Geste
Henry Polic II ... Captain Merdmanger
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Storyline

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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A DIFFERENT kind of love story

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Positively the Last Remake of Beau Geste See more »

Filming Locations:

Limerick, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The conception of this movie was actually a mistake. Writer and Director Marty Feldman had based the concept on an almost ludicrous misapprehension. Feldman had wanted to send up foreign legion movies like Beau Geste (1939). A screening of Beau Geste (1939) was organized for Feldman, who said: "I'd only sat looking at the picture for about ten minutes when it dawned on me that I hadn't meant 'Beau Geste' at all. The picture I'd been thinking of all along was 'Four Feathers'". "The Four Feathers", like "Beau Geste" had been remade numerous times. There had existed several versions of "The Four Feathers": Four Feathers (1915), The Four Feathers (1921), The Four Feathers (1929), The Four Feathers (1939), and "The Four Feathers" filmed under the title of Storm Over the Nile (1955). Also, later versions have included The Four Feathers (1978) and The Four Feathers (2002). Feldman felt that "The Last Remake of Four Feathers" didn't sound quite right, so proceeded with his mistake to make "The Last Remake of Beau Geste" anyway. See more »

Goofs

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

General Pecheur: Will you shut up?
Digby Geste: I'm afraid I can't answer that question, sir.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 11 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. 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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This movie is hilarious, wish it was on DVD!
26 June 2005 | by otto4See all my reviews

I had not seen the original Beau Geste, with Gary Cooper in the title role, when I saw this movie. After seeing this movie, including a *hilarious* 'cameo' of Gary Cooper, I watched the original. It only made me appreciate the humor in the Last Remake even more. The Last Remake (were there ever previous remakes?) parodies the story completely, but every other scene makes you laugh. The scene with Gary Cooper would almost certainly not be allowed on TV today due to censorship so you'll have to buy this movie on, ick, VHS to see it. But at a time when new releases are $10+ to see not including popcorn, paying about $20 for a VHS of this movie, and being able to show it to friends and watch it over and over, is worth it. Trust me on this :).

"So that's why you talk so slow Big G."


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