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March Or Die


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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jef Films/Mvd
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CIM1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Legion Major Foster (Hackman), an American haunted by his memories of the recently-ended Great War, is assigned to protect a group of archaeologists at their dig. Foster's unit includes the charming, thieving rascal Marco (Hill), who joined the Legion only to avoid prison. After long stretches portraying the boredom and hardship of day-to-day life in the Legion, Foster's command occupies a small village where the archaeologists believe they've found a burial site sacred to the Arabs. An Arab leader (Holm) uses this affront to unite the tribes in Jihad, and attacks the tiny Legion garrison at the dig. An epic battle follows, very reminiscent of the film "Zulu". Costumes, firearms, and props are all very authentic-looking, and show great attention to detail.

Customer Reviews

Looks like a copy made from a VHS tape.
D. Cooke
Good action movie with a young Gene Hackman; romance story was weak and unnecessary; ending was too predictable.
Rick Sautter
It is a good action film deserving to be seen!
Maximiliano F Yofre

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Avid on January 22, 2006
Format: DVD
It is difficult to say which of Gene Hackman's movies is "best", but this little known movie is certainly among them.

The complete story is actually very good. I saw the uncut version one time, which enhances the characters and explains the storyline more fully, certainly in the case of Hackman's character and several of the other major characters. There is much more to Hackman's character than the cut version shows, which makes him, and the movie, exceedingly more interesting. This US release, unfortunately, is the cut down version, which has, of course cut out some of the most important aspects of the story.

I would like to see the uncut version, which I believe is the European release, made and re-released for American audiences. In total, it is a great adventure movie and certainly a great view of La Legion Etrangere in the 1920s.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Russell C. Longmire on September 30, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great foreign legion movie with Gene Hackman in the lead role. Great supporting cast to include, Ian Holm, Max von Sydow, and Catherine Denuve. Filmed at the height of his career (he's still there)on location with no studio shots. Gary Cooper's Beau Geste and this film are the best foreign legion films made!

It would be nice if hollywood would reissue this film so we would not have to buy foreign copies because it is not available otherwise. You can find a copy of "Bride of Chucky" which is disgusting but not of a classic like this. In any case, I would highly recommend this film to all Hackman fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
The original, uncut European version of March or Die, about the Foreign Legion in North Africa, was a damned good movie, with Genre Hackman, as always, portraying his character, a battle-weary veteran of WW I, to the full. The US version, the only version that seems to be available currently, is pathetic by comparison as it has been cut to pieces. It does not show the character detail of the original cut, losing much of the storyline and, therefore, the point of the story and why the characters are where they are at that given time and place.
The original cut was an excelently shot period movie, with time and place well portrayed. The cast, in addition to Hackman, includes Terence Hill, Max von Sydow, Catherine Deneuve, and Ian Holm.
For those who enjoy a good adventure, this is it. Those who enjoy stories of the military, specifically the Legion with few punches pulled, this is it. Also, romance is not forgotten, as it would not be a Legion movie without it. There is also mystery and intrigue.
Strong acting, good story, excelently filmed - in the original, European, version. The US version is not worth the bother.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Pro on May 15, 2006
Format: DVD
A fantastic DVD of a fantastic movie. Image quality perfect and unedited. Don't buy the crummy Domino Principle/March or Die double feature. The film there is bad quality and very very edited.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth L. Whittier on September 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie has been edited from it's original release. Also the film quality can only be considered poor or average at best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Patton on August 7, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Don't believe anything written by AmazonPro, the second review is a bald face lie. This DVD has all the earmarks of a chinese pirated copy. It is a poor direct from VHS copy. Thier so-called "digital remastering" is nothing more than poor color saturation during the lousy transfer. The picture quality is fuzzy and the colors tend to the orange side. Take a close look at the cover photo and that is EXACTLY what the movie colors look like. The poor quality of the DVD case photos should have been enough to clue me in, but I wanted to see the movie, so I bit and wasted the money. I am firmly convinced these are pirated copies. So avoid this merchandise unless you like throwing you money away.

The movie as a bundle of time worn cliches' that we have seen in god knows how many war movies. From the lover prostituting herself to save a lover who doesn't want to be saved, to the hard but loved by his men commander, the suicide of the soft recruit who can't hack it, to the evil but chivalrous enemy to the rousing last stand, to the once rebellious recruit, now seasoned veteran standing before new inductees, filling his dead commanders boots, quoting the dead commander's now famous lines, and getting knowing nods from his veteran brothers and survivors at arms. The cliches just keep on coming. The plot will have you shaking your head in disbelief or rolling on the floor with laughter.

Yes I am a Hackman fan, but Terrance Hill gives the same performance he gave in every spagehtti western he ever starred in since My Name is Nobody.
Pretty blue eyes and a cleft chin are two attributes onto which only a shaky career can be built.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on May 16, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
The Foreign Legion has inspired a variety of films from comedies as "Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion" (1950) thru epic classics as "Beau Geste" (1939) till more recent action ones as "Legionnaire" (1998).

"March or Die" (1977) is a good film on the subject with many ingredients as to produce an outstanding product, yet the viewer ends with the impression that something is missing to insufflate a real epic spirit.

I have only seen this VHS version and some other reviews imply there is a more complete version in existence and that may be the reason to this.

However it wasn't a box office success either, so there is some flaw that I can't define exactly.

Arguably the only weak link may be director Dick Richards who hasn't delivered any remarkable film. He was supposed to direct great success "Tootsie" (1982) but for reasons unknown to me he was replaced by Sydney Pollack and relegated only to produce that movie.

Every other category is headed by well known specialists that had made first class products.

In charge of cinematography is exquisite John Alcott, who usually worked with Stanley Kubrick as in "Barry Lyndon" (1975) and "The Shining" (1980). Desert images are beautiful and battle scenes very neatly photographed.

Musical score is composed by famed Maurice Jarre author of remarkable and awarded scores as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Dr. Zhivago" (1965), "A Passage to India" (1984) and "Ghost" (1990) amongst more than 170 other.

First class actress and actors: Catherine Deneuve, Gene Hackman, Max von Sydow, Terence Hill and Ian Holm. Even if none of them deliver their best, they are more talented than average.

The story is two pronged as it follows Maj.
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