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Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2020 7:55 p.m. PST

I just watched the 1966 version of Beau Geste a few days ago. I was… not impressed. This movie was just not as inspiring or moving as other colonial classics (esp. Zulu), even when I make allowances for period acting, period fight choreography, filming it in English, etc. I've never read the source material, so I can't even say it took too many liberties with characters and plot – I just don't know.

I'll just have to watch the other versions to compare. Which one should I watch first?

Which was your favorite, and why?

- Ix

ChrisBrantley01 Mar 2020 8:50 p.m. PST

I liked Telly Savalas in the 1966 version. The 39 version with Gary Cooper is the B&W classic. Haven't seen the 1926 version. But the Legion movie I remember best was March or Die. And there was also Jon Claude Van Damme in Legionnaire I believe in 1998 or so.

rmaker01 Mar 2020 10:52 p.m. PST

The 1939 version (Gary Cooper et al.). It sticks fairly close to the book and builds the tension well.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Mar 2020 8:14 a.m. PST

no takers for Marty Feldman?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 8:48 a.m. PST

The Gary Cooper version is my favorite (of the serious

However, for pure laugh-a-lot entertainment, the Feldman
film !

Terry-Thomas (as the Warden) "Now let me see – for an
hour's dalliance -"
Ann Margret (Digby's "mother" interrupting) "Three
minutes and ten seconds, actually"
Terry-Thomas "One does what one can…"

Sundance02 Mar 2020 9:09 a.m. PST

Yes, I would have said The Last Remake of Beau Geste.

Who can forget "Screw, Baldini, screw. Faster! Faster!"

Cerdic02 Mar 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

"Carry On Follow That Camel"…

Double G Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 5:35 p.m. PST

I liked the 1966 Telly Savalas/Guy Stockwell/Leslie Neilson version the best, remember it well from when I was a kid, I still enjoy watching it to this day.

My favorite FFL movie is March or die and it's not even close………

"Take positions!!"
"One of my men became restless"

The beginning scene where the battered WWI veterans roll into the train station, the battle around the archeological dig is great, it's a keeper for me.

Andrew Preziosi02 Mar 2020 6:06 p.m. PST

I too like the 1966 version…it's a Good, Solid, Effort.

The 39 Version is still the best though.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 7:34 p.m. PST

Definitely the 1939 version.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2020 8:32 a.m. PST

The British 1982 TV series was pretty good and stuck closely to the original book. I like the 1939 version, but I wish they hadn't changed the sergeant villain from a Frenchman to a Russian, as was the fashion in the 1930's. I thought the 1966 version was like a very good made for TV movie. For some reason they lost one of the brothers, Digby.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2020 10:08 a.m. PST

Maybe The Last Remake shouldn't have been the last remake.

Have any of the versions featured Legion officers actually speaking French? Or even French accents?

- Ix

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2020 10:32 p.m. PST

1939 Gary Cooper version.

AICUSV09 Mar 2020 5:20 p.m. PST

I liked the naval battle in the '39 version

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