THE FOREIGN LEGION! ONLY THE DESPERATE JOINED. ONLY THE LUCKY ONES SURVIVED.
Shortly after WWI, major Foster (Gene Hackman) returns to the French Foreign Legion in Morocco with new recruits; their assignment stirs up trouble with Arab tribes. Oddly enough, this is not the tale of how the Legion valiantly fought the Germans (even though this is mentioned in the beginning). That might have been a more thrilling story. This one is too unfocused, trying to depict France’s responsibilities as a colonial power and Foster’s mental issues. The love story involving Terence Hill and Catherine Deneuve is totally superfluous.
1977-U.S. 104 min. Color. Produced by Dick Richards, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lew Grade. Directed by Dick Richards. Music: Maurice Jarre. Cast: Gene Hackman (William Sherman Foster), Terence Hill (Marco Segrain), Max von Sydow (Francois Marneau), Catherine Deneuve, Ian Holm.