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Lost Command [VHS] [1966]

Anthony Quinn , Alain Delon , Mark Robson    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal, Michèle Morgan, Maurice Ronet
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: Jean Lartéguy, Nelson Gidding
  • Producers: Mark Robson, John R. Sloan
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 7 July 1997
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RVVS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,350 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hungry for glory, Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy (Anthony Quinn) is devastated when he is relieved of all command after leading his defeated French army out of Indochina. Offered the chance of a new command by a French Countess (Michele Morgan), Raspeguy enlists the help of two old war buddies in whipping a raw, untrained unit into shape. Their mission is to stop an Arab terrorist (George Segal) from ousting the French from Algeria, and Raspeguy is desperate to succeed at any cost.

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War Action/Drama starring Anthony Quinn (Lust for Life; The Guns of Navarone; Zorba the Greek; The Greek Tycoon) as Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy, a hard-headed French officer determined to become a hero at any cost. After he leads his defeated and humiliated army out of Indochina he learns that he's been relieved of all command, however through connections arranged by his Countess lover (Michele Morgan - The Fallen Idol; Joan of Paris) he wangles a new position shaping up a rag-tag outfit in Algeria. Here in the hope of finally achieving glory, he seizes the opportunity to engage in a brutal war with the rebel forces (led rather incongruously by George Segal - The Quiller Memorandum; The Owl and the Pussycat; A Touch of Class). Also starring; Alain Delon (Girl on a Motorcycle; Le Samourai; Borsalino; Swann in Love), Maurice Ronet (Lift to the Scaffold; La Balance, Beau Petre) & Claudia Cardinale (8 1/2; The Pink Panther; The Professionals; Once Upon a Time in the West; Fitzcarraldo).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Brave but compromised 20 Dec 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Mark Robson's ambitious Lost Command is one of those films that has all the right intentions and a formidable array of talent but doesn't quite get it right. It's bold subject matter for a Hollywood epic - the increasingly unwinnable French war to hold onto its colony in Algeria after their humiliating defeat at Dien Bien Phu led to them losing Vietnam, something even the French didn't want to see movies about - but in its need to make an unpalatable war palatable to a mainstream audience it never quite gets the balance right.

Things start promisingly enough with the French flag being blown up and paratroopers landing in a minefield at Dien Bien Phu (a scene largely thrown away behind the opening credits) before being captured by the Vietnaminh and being released in disgrace. His regiment disbanded, Anthony Quinn's Colonel Raspeguy, a working class Basque soldier who worked his way up through the ranks but is still regarded as a useful animal and an even more useful scapegoat by his superiors, finds himself without a command unless he's willing to take a brigade of outcasts to Algeria to end the insurrection by any means necessary. Naturally, once there he discovers that the leader of the rebels is one of his former paratroopers while his two Captains take very different approaches to dealing with the locals as the atrocities on both sides start to escalate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A old classic 23 April 2009
By Empe
Format:DVD
Dirty war in Algerie (aftermath of Indocina's French disfact). A good film, with a good cast and some good action scenes. As the recent and similar Intimate Enemies is an "exotic" war movie, with French Parà against local guerrilla. Now, You can see the old version, the new version and the classic realistic or "political version" of Pontecorvo.
In my opinion, three good movies, but I prefer this old classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars topic wars of decolonization 3 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
This is a war film plenty of topics very own of a past time when nobody didn't knew what should become the independence of ancient colonies of Europe countries. Colonel Raspeguy is a typical unorthodox military who has learned to make real war in real combat. Summing up a figure very common in cinema but I'm afraid very unusual in real military professionals. Scenes of action are good, not as realistic as in today movies, but understandable and sufficient. So the movie sounds routine, but there are some points that make this a little different.
The first is there are many screen stars from these years: Michele Morgan, still a beauty, Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn, Maurice Ronet, Claudia Cardinale...
Secondly, it deals with two wars little times seen in movies: Indochine and Dien - Bien- Phu before the USA intervention, were the mean troops were French, but many were ex combatants from Spanish Civil War, German ex- nazis, adventurers, etc. Vietnamites are treated as in general as idiots, as usual in the cinema from these decade, but there are the personage of Mahidi (George Segal), the Argeline parachutist destined to fight later against his friends of the past.
Thirdly, the main personage played by Quinn is too stereotyped, but there are Boisfeuras, the though captain played by Maurice Ronet, a man who after Indochine has a good civil work in France, but prefer the war in the way of a truly fascist who resource to torture if necessary.
In the opposite side is Esclavier, the journalist played by Alain Delon, capable also to fight, but with moral scruples and which understands decolonization of Algerie is unstoppable and regrets the cruel methods the French parachute troops execute on the ground, including vengeance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indochina to Algeria. 3 April 2014
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A fascinating portrayal of the end of French rule in Indochina and then Algeria and the brutal methods and ultimate betrayal in Algeria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars film 3 July 2013
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Had this movie on VHS a long time ago, it is far better on dvd, a quality performance, from Quinn as usual, plus all supporting actors,well made with plenty of action.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment not history 22 Oct 2009
By Mulwharchar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Based on Jean Larteguy's novel 'The Centurions', the 1966 film 'Lost Command' is one of the few films set during the 1954-62 Algerian war of independence. Anthony Quinn stars as Colonel Pierre Raspeguy (based on the real-life Colonel Marcel Bigeard), a Basque peasant risen from the ranks through sheer ruthlessness, who after the defeat in Indochina is given one last chance in command of a reservist parachute regiment. Desperate to prove himself, he turns his bunch of misfits into a crack unit and leads them into a private war against the FLN guerillas commanded by one of his former Algerian officers, Mahidi (George Segal). Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet play Captains Esclavier and Boisfeuras, the angel and devil, respectively, on his shoulders and whilst the film doesn't shirk the torture and massacres which were such a stain on the French Army in Algeria, it's a world away from the harsh realism of 'The Battle of Algiers' (made in the same year) or the more recent 'Intimate Enemies'. 'Lost Command' is basically a good old-fashioned second world war film set against an exotic backdrop, and in this perhaps the film it most closely resembles is the John Wayne Vietnam potboiler 'The Green Berets'. Uncomplicated fun but you'll have to look elsewhere to understand what led the real-life 'centurions' into mutiny and the brink of civil war in 1961.
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