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Lost Command

  • Drama
  • 1966
  • Mark Robson
  • 124 mins
  • 15

Summary

A French officer suffers a series of humiliating defeats during the First Indochina War, which seemingly bring his military career to an end. He is able to gain a position in Algeria, and seeks to redeem himself by leading his men into battle during the Revolution. Drama based on Jean Larteguy's novel, starring Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon and George Segal.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

French soldier Anthony Quinn gathers his old unit from the Indo-China war and heads for Algeria, ready to crush the independence movement. But his hopes of recruiting another old buddy, George Segal, are dashed when he discovers that Segal heads up the rebel army. In between all this is Claudia Cardinale, looking gorgeous and changing sides according to which man she shares a scene with. Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet (both of whom were up for the Omar Sharif role in Lawrence of Arabia) guaranteed the movie a huge audience in France, though it's unlikely that American audiences would even know where Algeria was or why Anthony Quinn and George Segal thought it worth the bother of their dodgy French accents.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Col RaspeguyAnthony Quinn
Capt EsclavierAlain Delon
MahidiGeorge Segal
Countess de ClairefonsMichèle Morgan
BoisfeurasMaurice Ronet
AichaClaudia Cardinale
Ben SaadGrégoire Aslan
General MelièsJean Servais
MerleMaurice Sarfati
OrsiniJean-Claude Bercq
VerteSyl Lamont
MayorJacques Marin

Crew

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DirectorMark Robson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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