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      Beau Geste

      Released Sep 15, 1939 1h 54m Adventure List
      92% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 85% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Beau, John and Digby Geste are brothers who join the Foreign Legion, where they fall under the rule of tyrannical Sergeant Markoff. Beau and John are assigned to Fort Zinderneuf, where Markoff tries to break their spirit, aware of a dark family secret concerning a fabulous jewel one of them carries. As tensions rise, Arabs attack the fort and rivalries must be thrown aside in a desperate battle for life. Read More Read Less

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic Unless his good films of the past were pure luck or two other guys, I don’t know what William Wellman was doing here as director. May 7, 2024 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 5/5 Jul 25, 2002 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia A great adventure film about brotherhood, loyalty, and sacrifice. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Jul 16, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Well directed by William Wellman, this second version of the popular novel is a fun adventure, perhpas a notch below the silent starrting Ronald Colman. Rated: B+ Mar 26, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Dashing fantasy schoolboy romantic adventure tale on brotherhood. Rated: A- Oct 16, 2011 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com This is the great romantic adventure of hard men, loyal comrades and the fraternal love and sacrifice of brother who risk everything to protect each other... Jul 6, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Consumer Beautiful, perfect film…. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review Fred F For me, one of the most moving and sentimental films of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A gem of the Golden Age of Hollywood. A story of Love and Bravery. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Murty C This is a childish picturization of a childish story. The problem is that the plot is about rich Britishers with fantasies about the French Foreign Legion and desert life, and the movie delivers on this premise. Everything is so clean! Even the scene of a massacre! And the sergeant never seems to work on his threats to the troops, which does not add to his villainous character. There is a romantic subplot too, which could have been safely omitted to strengthen the plot. Gary Cooper was adequate but not particularly impressive, and the same can be said of everyone else. Pretty boys playing antiseptic games - that's the impression I got about the movie. Come to think of it, I found the flashbacks to the childhood of the three brothers to be the best part of the film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/29/22 Full Review steve d Strong action but not that different from the original. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Boneyard L This delightful film has the spirit of adventure all through. It's the preeminent French Foreign Legion film, with a curious mystery constantly looming in the background. The whole movie has an old-timey feel, which is not bad but is an acquired taste. It's not as epic and timeless as something like Lawrence of Arabia, though by focusing on a band of three brothers it keeps the story and stakes relatable. If you like old adventure movies, definitely check this one out. Closest comparison: It's like Treasure of the Sierra Madre by way of Lawrence of Arabia. Setting: Adventure Plot: Mystery/Tragedy Tone: Adventure Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/16/20 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Beau, John and Digby Geste are brothers who join the Foreign Legion, where they fall under the rule of tyrannical Sergeant Markoff. Beau and John are assigned to Fort Zinderneuf, where Markoff tries to break their spirit, aware of a dark family secret concerning a fabulous jewel one of them carries. As tensions rise, Arabs attack the fort and rivalries must be thrown aside in a desperate battle for life.
      Director
      William A. Wellman
      Producer
      William A. Wellman
      Screenwriter
      Robert Carson
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 15, 1939, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 8, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 54m
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