Beau Geste


1h 43m 1966

Brief Synopsis

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their own sadistic commander than from the rebellious Arabs.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Sep: Jul 1966
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren (New York, 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1906, young Beau Graves takes the blame for a crime committed by his business partner and leaves his home in the United States to join the French Foreign Legion. He is sent to Fort Zinderneuf in the Arabian Desert where he immediately runs afoul of the brutal and sadistic Sergeant-Major Dagineau, who suspects Beau of sending him an unsigned threatening letter. Beau wins the admiration of the other men, however, when he stands up to Dagineau. He also wins the friendship of the weak and drunken commander, Lieutenant De Ruse, who nicknames him "Geste" upon learning that Beau's sacrifice at home was unnecessary since his partner confessed and committed suicide shortly after Beau's departure for the Legion. Later, Beau is joined by his devoted brother John, and Dagineau becomes more convinced than ever that Beau plans to murder him. Lieutenant De Ruse is wounded by an Arab, and before dying he confesses to Beau that it was he who wrote the anonymous letter in the hope that fear might make Dagineau more humane. Dagineau, driven to the point of near-madness by the prospect of sudden death, subjects his men to torturous desert marches and cruel punishments. As the Arabs prepare for a massive assault, Beau manages to quell a mass mutiny among the men. In the subsequent attack, the legionnaires are killed off one by one until only Beau and Dagineau remain. A death struggle between the two men ensues, and Beau is found alive when a relief column arrives at the fort.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Sep: Jul 1966
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren (New York, 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Previously filmed by Paramount Pictures in 1926 and 1939.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 7, 1966

Techniscope

Released in United States Fall September 7, 1966