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Ten Tall Men

1951 1h 37m Action List
Reviews 27% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Sgt. Mike Kincaid (Burt Lancaster) is a rough-and-tumble French Foreign Legion leader who, while imprisoned in a stockade, overhears rumors of an enemy attack on his company's fort. Later, in between fighting amongst themselves over a beautiful French lady, Mike and his ragtag group of fighters improvise a plan to kidnap Mahla (Jody Lawrence), the daughter of a local sheik. Though she hates Mike and his band of thieves at first, she soon realizes they are the least of her worries. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Goofy, tongue-in-cheek, escapist adventure film set in the Sahara Desert. Rated: B- Sep 6, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Surprisingly goofy but entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/05/24 Full Review Audience Member felt like a 'morocco' 'gunga din' knock-off Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...........its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that burt lancaster, george tobias, gilbert roland, kieron moore, john dehner, jody lawrance play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that burt lancaster/john dehner/george tobias were great throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this adventure/classics/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....i think that this is a good adventure movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie its really enjoyable movie 2 watch its got a good cast thorughout n its a good adventure movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member 3 MEN IN WHITE director Willis Goldbeck decided to spoof the French Foreign Legion in TEN TALL MEN, is a rip-snorting adventure in the Errol Flynn tradition about recklessly brave heroes and slimy villains running loose in the dunes. Basically, the Roland Kibbee & Frank Davis screenplay, based on a story by James Warner Bellah and Goldbeck, is a French Foreign Legion escapade against murderous desert tribes that want to wipe out the French. The light moments outweigh the dark moments in this nimble actioneer that looks like it is a 19th century epic until the heroes find an abandoned French supply truck in the last quarter hour. Nevertheless, this is fast, furious and frivolous nonsense with Lancaster in command at all times supported by Gilbert Roland and Kieron Moore. Lancaster fans will love this opus. He specialized in swashbucklers after he made some film noir thrillers at Universal. This 97-minute Columbia Pictures release is in glorious color and the cast is first-rate. TEN TALL MEN opens with French Foreign Legion Sergeant Mike Kincaid (Burt Lancaster of THE FLAME AND THE ARROW) masquerading as an elderly Arab merchant. Kincaid trudges along a desert trail with his two veiled daughters, in reality Corporals Luis Delgado (Gilbert Roland of ANY GUN CAN PLAY) and Pierre Molier (Kieron Moore of MINE OWN EXECUTIONER) in disguise waiting to catch an enemy Riff warrior. They manage to catch one and they return after being gone for two weeks. Meanwhile, anybody who looks with lustful eyes at the new exotic dancer in town, Marie DeLatour (Mari Blanchard of JUNGLE HEAT), ostensibly the sweetheart of martinet French Lieutenant Kruger (Stephen Bekassy of HELL AND HIGH WATER), gets put in poky. Not surprisingly, while Kruger is interrogating the Riff prisoner that Sergeant Kincaid provided him, Kincaid is making time with DeLatour. Meanwhile, the savvy Riff prisoner informs on Kincaid so that he can avoid any more of Kruger’s probing questions. The insanely jealous Kruger marches a squad to DeLatour’s apartment and finds Kincaid. Predictably, Kincaid winds up in the clink with his Legionnaire buddies, Londos (George Tobias of OBJECTIVE, BURMA), Mouse (Nick Dennis of SPARTACUS), and Roshko (hulking Mike Mazurkia of MURDER, MY SWEET), and learns from the Riff prisoner that Tarfu is going to be wiped out. Kincaid tells Kruger about the enemy plans and insists that he can save the garrison as well as the town if Kruger will give him ten men. Naturally, Kruger has his doubts and cannot spare the manpower so Kincaid settles for men in the stockade. Our heroes descend onto the enemy camp deep in the desert by an oasis. They spot what they believe is a munitions tent and decide to blow it to smithereens. Instead, they discover that the tent belongs to a beautiful girl, Mahla (Jody Lawrance of MASK OF THE AVENGER), who is not only about to marry Khalif Hussein (Gerald Mohr of INVASION, U.S.A.) but also unite two tribes intent on running the French out of Morocco. Kincaid and his men snatch Mahla and Hussein and company pursue them. Mahla tries to escape, but she cannot get away from the tenacious Sergeant Kincaid. Eventually, each earns the grudging respect of the other. Hussein means to kill Kincaid slowly, but Mahla demands that he release Kincaid or she will not wed Hussein. Reluctantly, Hussein capitulates to this demand. No sooner has Hussein freed Kincaid than he dispatches two Rif guards to kill him. Happily, the two guards are none other than Delgado and Molier in disguise again. They rescue Kincaid, spoil the marriage, rout Hussein and save the town. The commandant of the Foreign Legion orders Lieutenant Kruger to administer full honors to Kincaid after he pins on the medal. This includes the ceremonial French embrace. Kincaid gives the medal to Mahla and tells her that it belonged to his mother. Fistfights, shoot-outs, and horse chases galore enliven this lively little lark of a film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a little formulaic iin the Hollywood style and plot workthrough, but Lancaster puts some good energy into his lead and the adventure across foreign lands is decent enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A quality action film in the classic matinee style. Nothing amazing, but no less than you'd expect. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Sgt. Mike Kincaid (Burt Lancaster) is a rough-and-tumble French Foreign Legion leader who, while imprisoned in a stockade, overhears rumors of an enemy attack on his company's fort. Later, in between fighting amongst themselves over a beautiful French lady, Mike and his ragtag group of fighters improvise a plan to kidnap Mahla (Jody Lawrence), the daughter of a local sheik. Though she hates Mike and his band of thieves at first, she soon realizes they are the least of her worries.
Director
Willis Goldbeck
Producer
Harold Hecht
Screenwriter
James Warner Bellah, Willis Goldbeck
Production Co
Columbia
Genre
Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 7, 2019
Runtime
1h 37m