April 5, 1943: a battalion of the Foreign Legion arrives in El Ksour, Tunisia, to escort a fortune in gold bars to the home front. A German ambush awaits, and all but four die. Thanks to the street smarts of Sergeant Augagneur, the Legionnaires successfully counter attack. The bank manager and his seductive wife arrive, and so does a German lieutenant, whom the French arrest. Augagneur wants to steal the gold; warrant officer Mahuzard wants to do his duty. A series of alliances form and break apart, the group dwindles in number, and the gold heads south toward Betahoua. But in whose possession?
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5th highest grossing movie of its year in France but after starting fast, dropped quickly because of negative word of mouth. See more
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In the German theatrical and video version 11 minutes are missing. 08:52: Beral (Villeret) explains his situation while Mahuzard (Constantin) seeks for volunteers going back outside the Turkish bath (3 min.). 23:35: On their way to the flak Augagneur (Belmondo) and Beral are creeping over a cemetery (2:30 min.). 44:30: Augagneur tells Helene (Laforet) about his favorite cinema Roxy-Palace and why he decided to become a foreign legionnaire. Mahuzard is listening to Edith Piaf on the radio. Then he goes to the door and frightens Beral by explaining to him what they usually do with disloyal french soldiers (5 min.). 79:52: Karl (Matthias Habich) and Augagneur in the tank. With help of headsets and microphones both speak about El Ksour and Paris. The tank is driving through the Tunesian desert (2 min.). See more
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Written and Performed by Georges Delerue
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28 March 1984 (France)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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