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on July 31, 2013
Few people want to watch the old movies about Colonial Foreign Wars, particularly the French colonialism that produced wars in Vietnam, and Algeria. " The Lost Command" is a good, but shallow historical overview of French military tactics, but the movie is worth watching through the intense and fine acting by Anthony Quinn and Alain Delon, who bring strong emotional characters to the screen, the reasons why colonialism always ends badly for the dominant power, as those colonies are stirred to demand self-independence.

Threaded through the movie is Quinn's role as a commander seeking promotion and glory " to be accepted " in the upper echelons of the elite French politicians and Generals who do not have a clue about the end of colonialism and lack visionary and strategic ways to allow for colonial independence. Quinn is assigned to bring Algeria under military rule, and through brutal tactics, defeats his enemy, new actor " George Segal" playing a former Legionnaire, now turned Algerian revolutionary....he is defeated, Quinn goes home to his promotion, and the French believing all is under control, are still left with Algerians writing on the city walls " Freedom Now" at the end of the movie. We also get a glimpse of the fall of Dien Bien Phu, but not in detail. Good movie, good acting, and a preview of why we ended with the Vietnam War.
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on December 23, 2014
I saw this movie in 1967 on Okinawa and wasn't familiar with Viet Nam and how the French were defeated in Indochina. After serving in VietNam in 1968 I see how politics interfered with the mission of winning the war. This movie highlights that involvement and the problems it creates within the military. Most of the movie deals with the Algerian war and in a limited time frame only skips around the true nature of the Algerian crisis. The action sequences (for 1966) were pretty good; one memorable one is when Anthony Quinn tells his soldiers to get out from under the trucks during an ambush was worthy of an attaboy; this wasn't a big budget movie so there were minimal actors and used on both sides of the conflict. Oh, I believe this movie had the "first" recorded water boarding technique used; Anthony Quinn's character observes the aftermath and looks the other way. A decent movie for the time and worth the price of admission.
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on November 4, 2013
Superb 1966 film about the French-Algerian War that occured between 1954 to 1962. This film is directed by action director Mark Robson (The Bridges At Toko-Ri, Von Ryan's Express), and stars Anthony Quinn with a variety of international stars in this action packed adventure that takes place in North Africa. The film boasts exciting action sequences that move at a fast pace. The story of radical insurgency is something that we can all relate to in today's society, but the scenes are tense and suspenseful! If you are partial to a rapid fire war film that has a taunt story with great cinematography then I suggest obtaining a copy of this movie.
You will not be disappointed!
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on March 20, 2017
Tough, gritty and well done. There is enough ennui in this film to drown in, but that is part of the dark charm.
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on March 16, 2017
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on May 5, 2017
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on July 21, 2002
Very good film released in 1966 based on Jean Larteguy's novel "The Centurians" with Anthony Quinn portraying the main character Lieutenant Colonel Raspeguy. The film opens with Raspeguy and his paratrooper battalion fighting to the bitter end at Dien Bien Phu in Indo China. Raspeguy with his surviving officers and soldiers are interned by the Viet Mihn forces and repatriated back to France. Raspeguy loses his battalion, but later obtains command of the 10th Paratrooper Regiment that is activated for battle in Algeria against Arab guerrilla forces fighting for independence. Raspeguy recruits his trusted veterans and they train the regiment with lessons learned from their experiences in Indo China. Raspeguy is the typical maverick; a hardcore soldier who runs operations his way. His unconventional methods for weeding out terrorist factions and insurgent forces causes friction with the French senior command and government administration. He suffers a setback after his soldiers commit atrocities against local villagers in an area where several comrades were ambushed. Raspeguy is under investigation and faces a second relief from command and possible imprisonment. Victory is his key to success and he pulls out all stops to defeat the terrorists and a large insurgent force led by one of his former officers who defected from France.

Overall it's a very good film and an interesting subject with French paratroopers fighting guerrilla forces in Algeria. Good action scenes on small unit combat, though tame by today's movie standards. The DVD release is finally here and an excellent deal considering its previous VHS edition was expensive and of average quality. The DVD's imagery is sharp and clear, in letterbox format, and sound is significantly improved.
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on April 3, 2007
This is a pretty good film, although from a historical point of view it misses a few important points about the conflict in Algeria.

The director's intent was clearly to show how a good soldier (LTC Raspeguy) becomes compromised in his efforts to stop a terror war in the French colony. The more dangerous and extreme the actions of the terrorists the more Raspeguy looks the other way when his soldiers take extreme steps in response. A man of physical courage, Raspeguy fails to invoke moral courage in himself and his soldiers.

A few minor technical issues, such as the matchbox bombs used in the film. There is no way such a small device could be as destructive as they are portrayed in the film, but it is an important plot point.

Anthony Quinn is as good as ever in this film, although I think the role could have been expanded to take better advantage of his acting skills.

Be sure to look for "Cato" at the beginning of the film. I also had my doubts about him...
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on January 10, 2013
I first saw this film when it was released in the 60s and it just registered with me . I ,for some reason remembered the film and subsequently in my middle years did some research on it and discovered it was based on some fact. I do remember the French withdrawel from Algeria and particularly the stand off between General Degaule and the Foreign Legion in refusing to return home .The stature of Quinn is convincing in this film as was in most of his films throughout his career .Highly recommended.
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on September 10, 2015
Enjoying the movie very much. It has opened a new interest in learning more about the French Colonial history in Indochina and Algeria. Also the character that Anthony Quinn is a remarkable leader of the troops he commands.
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