March Or Die (1977)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

March Or Die Photos

Movie Info

Dick Richards directed this French Foreign Legion adventure that's at once parodies and pays tribute to the venerable Hollywood epics that preceded it. Gene Hackman stars as Major William Sherman Foster, a soldier who has been kicked out of West Point but has managed to obtain command of a group of Legionnaires after the end of World War I. His troops have been ordered to accompany an archeological expedition traveling to Morocco headed by Francois Marneau (Max von Sydow). Foster's motley band includes an on-the-lam cat burglar named Marco Segrain (Terence Hill), an ex-guardsman from the deposed Russian monarchy named Ivan (Jack O'Halloran), an adventure-seeking aristocrat named Fred Hastings (Paul Sherman), and an alluring beauty named Simone Picard (Catherine Deneuve). As the band makes their way to Morocco, they cross paths with the fervid and bloodthirsty Arab leader El Krim (Ian Holm), who vows to unite his people to expel foreigners from their land. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures

Watch it now


Gene Hackman
as Maj. William Sherman Foster
Max von Sydow
as Francois Marneau
Catherine Deneuve
as Simone Piccard
Ian Holm
as El Krim
as Triand
Marcel Bozzuffi
as Fontaine
Terence Hill
as Marco Segrain
Andre Penvern
as `Top Hat' Francois Gilbert
Paul Sherman
as Fred Hastings
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Mean Corporal
Gigi Bonos
as Andre
Gigi Bonds
as Andre
Wolf Kahler
as German
Matthias Hell
as German
Jean Champion
as Minister
Walter Gotell
as Col. Lamont
Paul Antrim
as Mollard
Catherine Willmer
as Petite Lady and Her Husband
Arnold Diamond
as Petite Lady and Her Husband
Maurice Arden
as Pierre Lahoud
Albert Woods
as Henri Delacorte
Elisabeth Mortensen
as French Street Girl
Leila Shenna
as Arab Street Girl
Francois Valorbe
as Detective
as Gendarme
Guy Deghy
as Ship's Captain
Jean Rougerie
as Legionnaires at Station
Guy Mairesse
as Legionnaires at Station
Eve Brenner
as Singing Girl
Guy Marly
as Singing Legionnaire
Margaret Modlin
as Lady in Black
Ernest Misko
as Aide in Minister's Office
Catherine Wilmer
as Petite Lady
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for March Or Die

All Critics (1)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

July 4, 2005

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for March Or Die


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

When was the last time we saw a Foriegn Legion movie? Well, now you have a good one to throw on whenever the mood strikes you.

Brad West
Brad West

Discussion Forum

Discuss March Or Die on our Movie forum!

News & Features