During the Rif War in Morocco, the French Foreign Legion's outpost of Tarfa is threatened by Khalif Hussein's tribes but Sergeant Mike Kincaid devises a plan of survival until the arrival of French reinforcements.
Sgt. Mike Kincaid of the French Foreign Legion learns, from a Riff prisoner, that an attack will soon be made by the villainous Hussin on the Legion's outpost of Tarfa. Kincaid volunteers to lead nine other Legionnaires on a mission to delay Hussin's attack till reinforcements arrive. When he discovers that Hussin plans to marry Mahla, a girl from a rival tribe, in order to build a coalition against the French, Kincaid kidnaps Mahla. Hussin forcefully takes her back, but by now his planned attack on Tarfa is crumbling and Mahla has begun to fall in love with Kincaid.Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
When French Foreign Legionnaire Kincaid (Burt Lancaster) is told of an impending attack on the outpost of in North Africa while he is imprisoned. In return for his freedom he and his men will distract the enemy until help arrived.
However he learns that the treacherous leader of the Riffs plans to marry Mahla, a girl from a rival tribe in order to create an alliance against the French. Kincaid kidnaps her and takes for the desert where both fall for each other.
Burt Lancaster was the tough, compassionate and dashing soldier several years before From Here to Eternity.
The plot nicely shot in Technicolour does have a hint of being shot in a Hollywood back lot rather than a desert. It also has a whole heap of campness especially with a bare chested Lancaster about to be tortured.
Its purely a film of its time with a light plot, broad humour, a clunky romance where the white soldier kidnaps the Arab princess and inexplicably fall in love. Still you feel that all involved had their tongues in their cheeks and went all out to entertain.
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