Deserter

May 18th, 2002







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Plot
Unlikely friends in a melting pot of confusion. Simon Murray fights for the French Foreign Legion. Pascal Dupont fights for himself. War torn men question honour, hope, morality...because you can desert everything...except yourself.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.2/10 (174 voted)

Director: Martin Huberty

Stars: Paul Fox, Tom Hardy, Kate Maberly

Storyline
Rebuffed in love and uncertain of life, Simon is the story of a young Englishman's physical and spiritual journey during Algeria's battle for independence from France. Driven by romantic illusion to join the French Foreign Legion, Simon learns what it truly means to be a hero. A timeless, coming of age story set against the epic, sweeping landscape of North Africa.

Writers: Simon Murray, Axel Aylwen

Cast:
Paul Fox - Simon Murray
Tom Hardy - Pascal Dupont
Kate Maberly - Jennifer
Aitor Merino - Benito Valdes
Félicité Du Jeu - Nicole
Yorick van Wageningen - Schreiber (as Van Wageningen)
Bruno Munoz-Rojas - Blanco
Javier Alcina - Rodriguez
Christian Mulot - Lieutenant Thibault
Dugald Bruce Lockhart - Cpl Muller
Enzo Cilenti - Sgt. Crepelli
Bruno Lastra - Vasco
Katie Jones - Patricia
Nabil Elouahabi - Abdel Kadar

Release Date: 18 May 2002



Box Office Details

Budget: $3,500,000 (estimated)



Technical Specs

Runtime: USA: (Palm Springs International Film Festival)



User Review

very unique and compelling film on the foreign legion

Rating: 10/10

I liked this film immensely, it has very nice scenery in Morocco, and strong characterizations, and in this case the introduction of the love interest actually drives the story along and makes it even more compelling.

Especially when the Legionnaires have to make a choice to side with the OAS the breakaway French military faction opposing deGaulle, this makes it fascinating! I thought the characters were well defined, and the film showed enough for us to get a true picture of Legion life: the brutal training, the marches, the NCOs, the officer class, the ceremonies, the skirmishes with the Arabs, the sense of loyalty.

Also the film had enough money spent on it to make a convincing portrait of Morocco at this period of transition, you have the colonial French architecture, and the spectacular desert scenery! I recommend any Foreign Legion fans to buy this film and watch it again and again!









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