The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

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Beau Geste, the classic adventure story of a young man's dangerous journeys as part of the French Foreign Legion, becomes the subject of broad parody in this slapstick comedy. The original tale, best known to film lovers from William Wellman's 1939 classic, tells of several brothers who join the Foreign Legion after claiming responsibility for the mysterious disappearance of an invaluable family heirloom. Eventually, brothers Beau and Digby find themselves in conflict with their vicious commander, leading to a potential mutiny. The plot here is similar, with Michael York assuming Gary Cooper's role as Beau, and first-time director Marty Feldman co-starring as Digby. However, following the lead of former collaborator Mel Brooks, Feldman plays strictly for laughs, loading the story with jokes ranging from the satirical to the vulgar. A cast of notables keeps things lively, with Peter Ustinov and Ann-Margret mocking their own images as the sadistic commander and lusty Geste stepmother.

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Cast

Marty Feldman
as Digby Geste
Ann-Margret
as Flavia Geste
Michael York
as Beau Geste
James Earl Jones
as Sheikh Abdul
Trevor Howard
as Sir Hector Geste
Henry Gibson
as Gen. Pecheur
Terry-Thomas
as Prison Governor
Roy Kinnear
as Cpl. Boldini
Avery Schreiber
as Used Camel Salesman
Irene Handl
as Miss Wormwood
Sinead Cusack
as Isabel Geste
Michael McConkey
as Young Digby
Bekki Bridge
as Young Isabel
Martin Snaric
as Valentino
Ed McMahon
as Arab Horseman
Henry Polic II
as Capt. Merdmanger
Ted Cassidy
as Blindman
Burt Kwouk
as Father Shapiro
Val Pringle
as Dostoyevsky
Gwen Nelson
as Lady in Courtroom
Roland MacLeod
as Dr. Crippen
Philip Bollard
as Young Beau (age 6)
Nicholas Bridge
as Young Beau (age 12)
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Critic Reviews for The Last Remake of Beau Geste

All Critics (9)

Attempt at Mel Brooksian humor gets lost in sand.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Last Remake of Beau Geste

86% "Metals are like hemroids, after awhile every ashole gets one."-Beau Geste (Micheal York) Top notch screw ball comedy that I preffer, over, half of Brook's body of work. RIP Marty Feldman

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

This movie wasn't fantastic, but I really enjoyed it, it's a lot of fun. The cast is filled with fun actors who give hilarious performances. The story is very spoof oriented, but it doesn't get in the way too much. If you're looking for a hilarious movie to watch late at night, I highly recommend this.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Marty Feldman is a good underdog. Interspersed scenes with Gary Cooper were funny. The details have become a foggy over the years, I admit, but I do remember it being quirky enough to be likable.

D Garce
D Garce

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