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Were We Watching The Same Movie? Part II
I left this out from my first review. There is a very good scene where the Major and the relief column have returned to the Fort. The Major looks up to see the French tri-color still flying and you can see the pride in his face. Perfect!!
Were We Watching The Same Movie?
When I watched the 1966 edition of "Beau Geste" I was 13 and thought it was pretty good. Then I watched it again on You Tube recently and could not believe I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to watch it. Compared to the original book and the 1939 film it was terrible! The script was awful and the lead actors were not convincing. The supporting cast was good, from the Sergeant Major (Telly Savalas) on down, proving once again the bad guy can steal a film. There was a terrific march theme that stays with you and you can remember it two weeks later. Otherwise, just rent this one and only if the 1926, 1939, or the British mini-series isn't available.
BEAU GESTE 1966
Love this movie. I have been waiting forever to get this on DVD. Good cast and Telly is great as the sadistic Sgt. Major Dagineau. I watched this at a young age and could not figure out where it went all these years. I am in total agreement with the other reviewers, lets get this on T.C.M so we can watch it again, then on to DVD release.
I must agree with many of the previous posts - this movie is one of the best action - war movies of the mid-1960's. It is not very faithful to the orginial novel - which I have read - and it does not have quite the stellar cast of the 1939 version, but the battles scenes are incredible and the color and spectacle of the film are fantastic. I saw this several times as a mid-teenager on television in the early 1980's and was immediately hooked on all things Foreign Legion. This version is flawed, but it may be the most exciting version of the novel ever filmed.
Beau Geste 1966
I have watched the Gary Copper "Classic", the 1966 version as well as half a dozen other versions - the 1966 is the CLASSIC - hands down - bar none - this is an incredible movie that should not die in some vault due to neglect. It did the book full justice on the big screen.
- mark marcon
We need a DVD release of this film!!!!Agree with other reviewers that it is a tremendous remake. I met Telly Savalas at "Telly's" bar in Universal City in LA many years ago and he said it was one of his favorite roles.DVD please!
Beau Geste 1966
I think if Universal could be prevailed upon to restore this film, the sound track, the missing pieces that ended up on the cutting room floor, there might be a pretty good interest from a wide range of possible purchasers.I recall an individual campaigned for a studio to release the 1980s miniseries "Once An Eagle" and after a long time of non-availability, it was finally released after 25 years !!! I guess it all depends on how many people clamor for action. I would certainly love to re-see this again. I see from other comments that it has made its way to some television stations. But, it makes me wonder where the original print came from, what station showed the film, where they got it from. I vote for a feasability study by Universal to pursue a restoration.
- james latti
I saw this movie when I was a kid in the 70's and loved it.I have not seen it since and have found out it is not available on video. Ihope turner classic movies will play it so i can see it again.If anyone discovers it on video i would love to hear about it.
A Great Film!
PLease get this film!!!! I saw it on a show called Adventure Theater in like 1979. I was a little boy and loved it! I have never seen it since. It was great!!!!So many films are shown over and over again! Can we see a new old classic? Thanks.
Beau Geste (1966)
- Bruce Restau
I saw this movie as a 15 yr. old kid when it came out in 1966 and absolutely LOVED it. I have wanted very much to get it on VCR or DVD now for years, but it is my understanding that for some reason this movie was put on something called moritorium. I actually saw it on TV a number of years ago, probably the laye '90's, on a classic movie channel that is no longer in existance and was able to tape it, but then my tape got taped over accidently by my wife and I have not seen the movie on TV since then. Personally...I like this version better than the 1939 Gary Cooper version with respect to the overall action, and even the story, despite that it differs from the book and the 1939 movie.
want a dvd of Beau Geste
- Harold Ruiz
I saw this movie as a child and always wanted to see it again. I am totally surprised that with such a brilliant cast that this movie is not out on DVD. It is a whole lot better than the one with Gary Cooper.
1966 Beau Geste - A very good action film
- George Ehlers
I have difficulty understanding why the 1966 version of Beau Geste has all but disappeared. It is a very good action film that held the viewer's interest throughout. Telly Savalas' performance as the villainous, manipulative, and possibly mad Sergeant Major Dagineau is one that the viewer would not soon forget. A listing of the players in this film would read as a who's who of fine character actors of the mid-1960's. The 1966 version of Beau Geste does not adhere too closely to the 1939 version and this is not a bad thing. Hopefully this film will soon be released on DVD.
1966 Beau Geste better than earlier
- Glen Millott
I loved this version of Beau Geste a lot more than the Gary Cooper version. Savalas was excellent as Dagineau and in the closing moments of the movie you have an indepth understanding of him. The action sequences were well done and was a very entertaining movie. I would definitely put it on a must watch if you were to show the movie. I have done extensive searches to try to find this on DVD or VHS and I am very sad it is unavailable.
I agree with Joe Sullens' review.
- Mark A. Lee
I saw this film once on commercial broadcast television and thought it was pretty good. I know another film buff who agrees.
1966 Beau Geste
- Joe Sullens
I only recall seeing this movie two or three times. I was struck by the story line and still remember the ending as if I'd seen it only yesterday.I thought Telly Savalas' portrayal of the brutal and sadistic Sergeant Major Dagineau was excellent. I also feel Doug McClure (I remember him as Trampas from "The Virginian" TV series) was very memorable. I feel this movie has been underrated and rate it as "worth watching". Please let me know when you are going to air this piece of classic film.Sincerely,Joseph W. Sullens