March Or Die 1977

March or Die

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A Foreign Legion major (Gene Hackman) is ordered to protect a Louvre curator's (Max von Sydow) group in the Sahara.

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Critic Reviews for March Or Die

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  • Sep 15, 2012
    Standard actioner about the French Foreign Legion guarding an archaeological dig in Morocco where the Arab locals are stereotypically not happy about their presence. Hackman's okay as the leader of the military and Holm's (inoffensively) effective at the head of the Muslim hordes although I'd've personally enjoyed seeing them reverse their roles.
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  • Feb 12, 2009
    Simple and to-the-point, March or Die is yet another variation of the familiar Fort Apache (1948) plot, an oft-used device for war films and other movies about small, outnumbered forces under attack in enemy territory (see also, Fort Apache the Bronx [1981]; Assault on Precinct 13 [1976]; The Siege Of Firebase Gloria [1989]; Hell Is For Heroes [1962]; The Alamo [2004]). With its star cast (Hackman, von Sydow, Terrence Hill, Ian Holme,and Deneuve), March Or Die attempts to be an epic film, but loses itself in corny melodrama. Going by several books I've read, there are some serious historical inaccuracies in the movie's entertaining presentation of the Foreign Legion, though the film gets the broad gist and spirit of it right. (I have yet to see a movie that presents the Legion with total accuracy.) There are some some hypocrisies in Hackman's character motivation as an American French Foreign Legionnaire Officer (a rank reserved for French-only, in real life, and not attainable by promotion within the ranks of the Legion), but the portrayal of Abd el-Krim at least superficially hits the mark, and that of the Berbers of 1920 is brief and blunt, but absolutely dead-on in, especially in a particularly memorable scene which highlights their primitive, foaming, Islamic fanaticism and savagery. The corny melodrama in March or Die however, eventually builds up to a bloody battle scene almost as good as those in Zulu (1964) and Zulu Dawn (1979), though March Or Die pales in comparison to those two efforts in quality and in the way they dramatically and accurately capture the abject, utter horror and spectacular nature of the sieges which they recount. Aside from the way the melodrama and romance in the film are presented, which dates it, the rest of the picture withstands the test of time and is worth a watch if you like action and war movies, I think especially for guys.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2007
    well done to dick richards coz i've never seen ian holm really act and the director fucking made him in this! terence hill did a bit of larking about, said a few lines and catherine deneuve just looked pretty but despite all that richards with a bit of help from hackmans accomplished acting skills still managed to get the film to work quite well infact
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