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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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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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Adventure | Comedy | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1977 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Positively the Last Remake of Beau Geste See more »

Filming Locations:

Limerick, Ireland See more »

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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

According to show-business trade paper Variety, the picture was a "spoof of Foreign Legion adventure films", and according to Wikipedia, "the classic Beau Geste (1939) and a number of other desert motion pictures". 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

[bidding farewell to departing soldiers]
General Pecheur: May God go with you. *I* have better things to do.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 11 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Lost Remake of Beau Geste (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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A wonderful memory
16 April 2006 | by spookydude139See all my reviews

Man, I saw this movie in the theater with my parents.. I was so lucky.. they took me to every film they thought worthy...It was hot in Austin Texas and we loved the air conditioning..that's probably why we were there..but my young mind loved the satire (though I didn't know what it was) and man.. Michael York was a hottie!) I am so lucky.. my parents knew what they were doing...

I saw some GEMS.. of course.. we're pretty base, unsophisticated folks so the movies we like won't set the world afire.. my mom and I had a great time discussing how wimpy Leslie Howard was as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind.. and we still laugh about Hannibal Lecter's Fava Beans... we've seen dogs do the same slurping thing.. at any rate... I have one question to ask...

Why in the HELL isn't this on DVD??? For hell's sake, we've got Mariah Carey's films on DVD.. but we don't have one of Marty Feldman's greatest films on DVD??? This just goes to show that intelligence, taste and class has NO place in the film industry.. not really..

And the sick thing is.. I freakin love movies.. I could spend every day watching films all day.. good God.. Now I have another reason to believe my parents warped me..:) seriously..folks, whether you believe these comments or not (and if I listened to all of the comments on this site, I'd have missed some FAB films) give this movie a chance...and for GOd's sake..if you find it on video.. HOLD ON TO IT.. it NEVER shows up on telly and it isn't on DVD.. and by rights it should.. right alongside Young Frankie and the rest...

At any rate.. I owe Mr. Feldman a thank you.. he gave me some of the best laughs of my life..

Thanks Marty, you're long gone and can't read this.. but maybe your family can.. you gave me some of the best laughs I can remember.. and you didn't have to swear to do it.. thanks, man.. my life is truly better for having seen ya..

Sincerely, Mad Monica


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