- Actors: Tom Hardy, Paul Fox, Kate Maberly
- Directors: Martin Huberty
- Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0060UMR64
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Set against the sweeping landscapes of North Africa during the 1960s Algerian fight for independence from France, Deserter is a tense Foreign Legion drama starring TOM HARDY (INCEPTION, WARRIOR, DARK KNIGHT RISES). Deserter is the gritty true story of an idealistic young English gentleman, Simon Murray (Paul Fox), who is driven to join the French Foreign Legion after a failed romance. Simon s romantic illusions are soon shattered when he encounters his fellow recruits, including Dupont (TOM HARDY), who have all volunteered to escape a past far less innocent than Simon's.A sadistic training routine forges the recruits together. As fully-fledged Legionnaires they set out to do battle against the insurgents and face deadly firefights among the villages, hills and deserts of North Africa. But when French President De Gaulle grants Algerian independence, the Legion sides with the Pied Noir French Nationalists against mother France. Loyalties are torn apart. Comrade is turned against comrade. Simon and Dupont must face each other across a moral divide, their conscience dictating their actions; blurring the distinction between hero and deserter.
Gorgeous imagery and scenes of devastating brutality --Variety
Top Customer Reviews
Well the plot goes that he gets rebuffed by a lady and in stiff upper lipped fashion he runs off to join the romance of The French Foreign Legion as his hero is Errol Flynn. His timing is pretty off as this coincides with the Algerian awakening for independence and as France has just been kicked out of Vietnam there are not that many places for him to be sent - so Algeria it is.
First he has to suffer boot camp and it is really not a very nice place at all and is actually done rather well. There he meets Mr Hardy playing Dupont a Frenchman. The film follows the ever increasing fractionalisation of the authorities in Algeria as Mr Murray becomes a sort of tourist historian. He goes for walks in the souks and visits mosques to learn about the Islamic culture and it is all a bit cringe worthy, I actually thought this is all a bit history for dummies at one point.
There is some action with explosives and shoot outs and an almost love interest with a certain Nicole - who phoned in her performance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot is tortuous. The ending is romantic. I watch it with my mother. If I had, I must find someone like the hero. Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Louise
Having read the book I was quite surprised that Simon Murray was involved in the production.
I felt I was watching something different to what I had read. Read more
looks ok , but as I am hearing impaired ,
It is impossible to follow , as no subtitles ,
even in welsh .