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French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh... See full summary »

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Alain Corneau

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Charles Saganne
Philippe Noiret ... Dubreuilh
Catherine Deneuve ... Louise
Sophie Marceau ... Madeleine of Saint-Ilette
Michel Duchaussoy ... Baculard
Roger Dumas ... Vulpi
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Flammarin
Jean-Laurent Cochet Jean-Laurent Cochet ... Bertozza
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... Charles' Father
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Amajar
René Clermont René Clermont ... Monsieur de Saint-Ilette
Philippe Deplanche Philippe Deplanche
Hippolyte Girardot ... Courette
Sophie Grimaldi Sophie Grimaldi ... Lady of Saint-Ilette
Florent Pagny Florent Pagny ... Lucien
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French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh. He catches the eye of Madeline, the daughter of the regional administrator. In the desert, Saganne is a leader, with the respect of Arabs, including Amajan, an independent warrior. After resourceful campaigns, Saganne goes on a diplomatic mission to Paris, where he has an affair with a journalist. Back in Africa, he leads a gallant defense against Sultan Omar, is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, and marries Madeline. Then the Great War puts at risk his success and happiness. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Saganne erőd See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the Great War segment the French soldiers are wearing the Model 1926 (one-piece) Adrian helmet. See more »

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Referenced in L'avventura di Fort Saganne (2008) See more »

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A true Epos
27 June 2001 | by jost ammonSee all my reviews

I've seen this film back in 84 in Geneva. I didn't find it neither played nor talked about ever since and always regretted much that the film is obviously not known at all. I was deeply impressed by the passionate story with large, beautiful images, wonderfully photographed. The length was ok because it was a novel. Depardieu in a role that shows a rare side of him.


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