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Deserter (2002)

Legion of Honor (original title)
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Unlikely friends in a melting pot of confusion. Simon Murray fights for the French Foreign Legion. Pascal Dupont fights for himself. War torn men question honour, hope, morality...because you can desert everything...except yourself.

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Martin Huberty

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Simon Murray (true story "Legionnaire"), Axel Aylwen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Fox ... Simon Murray
Tom Hardy ... Pascal Dupont
Kate Maberly ... Jennifer
Aitor Merino ... Benito Valdes
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ... Nicole
Javier Alcina ... Rodriguez
Yorick van Wageningen ... Schreiber (as Van Wageningen)
Bruno Munoz-Rojas Bruno Munoz-Rojas ... Blanco
Christian Mulot Christian Mulot ... Lieutenant Thibault
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Cpl Muller (as Dugald Bruce Lockhart)
Enzo Cilenti ... Sgt. Crepelli
Bruno Lastra ... Vasco
Katie Jones ... Patricia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Bentinck ... Sergeant Dumas
Nabil Elouahabi ... Abdel Kadar
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Storyline

Rebuffed in love and uncertain of life, Simon is the story of a young Englishman's physical and spiritual journey during Algeria's battle for independence from France. Driven by romantic illusion to join the French Foreign Legion, Simon learns what it truly means to be a hero. A timeless, coming of age story set against the epic, sweeping landscape of North Africa. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deserter See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Simon Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This military actions in this film show the events of the Algerian 'General's Putsch' in 1962 when French generals attempted a coup d'etat in an effort to prevent French President Charles deGaulle from giving Algeria its independence. See more »

Goofs

In Legion, you don't get para wings during basic training. Although all new legionnaires are wearing them. See more »

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[first lines]
Simon Murray: [narrating] Many people have asked why I joined the French Foreign Legion. And there is no clear answer. I was going nowhere is a hurry. I hadn't told anyone the English Army turned me down. I was fresh out of ideas. So I went in search of a different destiny.
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a moving look at man vs. man
1 January 2015 | by JamieWJacksonSee all my reviews

Sometimes it helps to step outside of the familiar. In "Deserter", my American perspective gets broadened by looking at an Arab country through the eyes of a young Brit placed within the French Foreign Legion. With my own country removed entirely from the scene, I thus start with no default "side" here. The movie does start off following the FFL, but of course expands before too long to show us (some of) the Arab side as well.

I'd like to know, but don't know, how true to reality the movie is. Most of what we're shown seemed very plausible to me. A few bits did feel "Hollywoodized" but perhaps were reasonable distillations of multiple events.

What made the biggest impression on me was the discomfort of Murray as he came face to face with the inexorable underlayment of the whole situation: that military occupation is fundamentally wrong because it is not consensual. That's a good lesson for everyone.

I'm surprised this only has a 5.3. I wouldn't call it a great movie, but it's well done and involving and deserves a higher score.

My biggest complaint is that the accents were hard for me to understand, especially near the beginning. With the mixture of different national origins of the characters and some of the dialog being in French with the rest in (mostly) French-accented English, a lot of the early lines were lost on me. I almost stopped watching after about 10 minutes due to this. I'm glad I didn't.


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