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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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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

The name of the silent movie within this movie was "The Escape". Marty Feldman's previous acting role in a theatrical movie had been in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976). As such, Feldman appeared in back-to-back consecutive silent movies. 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

Flavia Geste: [to General Pecheur] It's been business doing pleasure with you.
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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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Featured in Muppet Babies: ...At the Movies (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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One Day on the Desert with Marty Feldman
12 August 2003 | by victor.fernandesSee all my reviews

When I saw the opening title sequence with the Universal logo spinning and Marty popping it up like a baloon I cracked myself up. I didn't know any of the actors when I first saw it when I was younger but as time passed by I began to realize how important Marty was to worldwide comedy. He was so funny on YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN but here is HIS own film and he can do whatever he feels like. I love Mel Brook's work but I this film is one of the first film-spoofs like TOP SECRET! and HOT SHOTS! The sequence where Marty escapes out of prision is a homage to Charlie Chaplin, doubtlessly. Michael York is a young hero but the gags all fall onto Marty. He's the funny one and gets all the attention. York is the sidekick, really. I really don't know how they managed to get a cross-eyed kid to play Marty as a child but the resemblance is remarkable. James Earl Jones is fantastic too as a desert bandit. Highly recommended for a few laughs!!!!!!!!!


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