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Even though it's the studio cut it's still a genius bit of parody too bad Marty was so "unique" looking had he been like Michael York then all the reviews would be rave.
This movie is pretty much a No. I was able to tolerate this for 37 minutes, but that's about it. The jokes are all unoriginal and head shakingly dumb. The only recent it gets two stars is for the scenery and costuming.
I thoroughly enjoy this film & found it to be a hilarious surprise--Marty Feldman Cracks Me Up!!
Mel Brooks, this is not, but Feldman's parody of classic desert epics & Hollywood adventures certainly has its moments, thanks to its game cast, including a delightfully campy Ustinov and York relishing his 'blonde, do-no-wrong hero' role with extreme glee, a few amusing gags, such as a Keaton/Chaplin-style prison escape sequence & the 'Screw Harder' scene, and Morris' bombastic score, which includes a very catchy, though of course raunchy, theme song that will get stuck in your head.
"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
This movie was much funnier the first time I saw it way back when. Sight gags galore.
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.
Why can't they make more comedy like this? Very witty indeed.
Fun zany comedy from writer-director-star Marty Feldman. It's pretty goofy stuff, but having grown up on the comedies of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, this follows that same vibe. A likable cast and some inspired clever moments, a minor cult classic.
After making it big in Hollywood with Young Frankenstein (1974) and Silent Movie (1976), Marty Feldman was given a contract by Universal Pictures to make the films of his choice, Marty also wanted to write and direct them too. This was his first one, which had a bit of trouble when it came to editing, but it's actually a much funnier film than alot of people give it credit for. This is a comedy take on the book Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren. It has identical twins Beau Geste (Michael York) and Digby Geste (Feldman) joining the French foreign legion, Beau had run off with a priceless jewel, and Digby went to jail for it. But, their new adoptive mother Flavia Geste (Ann-Margret) helps Digby escape. Meanwhile, in the French foreign legion in North Africa, Beau is being trained under the scrutiny of the one-legged Col. Markov (Peter Ustinov), who soon get's the hots for Flavia. This is a very silly film, but it is laugh out loud funny, with some brilliant jokes, (Mel Brooks would have killed for alot of these, so would have the Carry On team), but Feldman was a brilliant comic talent, and a contender for a brilliant physical comedian too, (he did all his own stunts.) Oh, and this has a brilliant supporting cast including Henry Gibson, Roy Kinnear, James Earl Jones, Spike Milligan, Trevor Howard, Terry-Thomas, Burt Kwouk, Stephen Lewis and Irene Handl!! :D