Commando


1h 41m 1964

Brief Synopsis

A French Foreign Legion commander is told to assemble a unit and capture an Algerian rebel leader. He gathers in his old unit, most of whom are no longer in top form. One is having nightmares of past indiscretions, another is now drinking, another has lost his nerve. He takes them in captures the leader, but then is unable to make it to the pick up. He encounters a rebel patrol and is trapped unless they can escape before their water runs out.

Film Details

Also Known As
Héros sans retour, Marcha o muere, Marcia o crepa, Marschier oder krepier
Release Date
Feb 1964
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
FI. C. IT.; Galatea; Midega Film; Monachia-Zeyn-Filmproduktion; Tempo Film
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
Belgium

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

During the Algerian War of 1961, Captain Le Blanc of the French Foreign Legion receives orders to capture the leader of the resistance movement, Ben Bled, and bring him to French headquarters. Le Blanc and 12 of his legionnaires carry out their mission and take their prisoner to a rendezvous spot where a helicopter is waiting to take them to safety. But the helicopter is shot down, and the party, which now includes a French prostitute named Nora and an Arab boy, is forced to make a long and dangerous trek through partisan territory. They hide in an abandoned church, and Le Blanc's men are forced to fight for a cause they already know to be lost. The battle is long and bloody, and one by one the legionnaires are killed. Le Blanc and the remnants of his once proud force arrive with their prisoner at headquarters, and learn that all the fighting and dying has been in vain: the political situation has changed and Ben Bled is now an important figure who will help negotiate a peace treaty. Bitter and confused, Le Blanc considers killing his prisoner. But he changes his mind and is left to wonder about the lives he sacrificed in carrying out his orders.

Film Details

Also Known As
Héros sans retour, Marcha o muere, Marcia o crepa, Marschier oder krepier
Release Date
Feb 1964
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
FI. C. IT.; Galatea; Midega Film; Monachia-Zeyn-Filmproduktion; Tempo Film
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
Belgium

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Filmed in Italy. Released in Munich in February 1963 as Marschier oder krepier; running time: 99 min; in Rome in November 1962 as Marcia o crepa; in Madrid in January 1963 as Marcha o muere; and in Belgium as Héros sans retour.