Commando (1962 film)

Marcia o Crepa (March or Die) known as The Legion's Last Patrol in the UK and Commando in the US is a 1962 European (Italian, German, Spanish) co-production war film about the Algerian War of Independence.[2][3]

Marcia o Crepa
US release film poster
Directed byFrank Wisbar
Produced byWilly Zeyn
Written byWilliam Denby
Mino Guerrini
Milton Krims
Giuseppe Mangione
Frank Wisbar
Arturo Tofanelli(story)
StarringStewart Granger
Dorian Gray
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
CinematographyCecilio Paniagua
Edited byMario Serandrei
Production
company
Temp Film
FICIT
Galatea
Midega
Distributed byTempo Film (Italy)
American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1962 (1962) (Italy)
  • 1963 (1963) (UK)
  • 1964 (1964) (France, U.S.)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryBelgium
Spain
Italy
Germany
LanguageEnglish
Box office977,460 admissions (France)[1]

It was released in 1964 in the USA by American International Pictures on a double feature with Torpedo Bay/Beta Som.[4][5]

In the UK this film was shown at Odeon cinemas as part of a double feature with The Day of the Triffids.

Plot

French Foreign Legion Captain Le Blanc (Stewart Granger) leads a section of his Legion parachutists to capture an FLN guerilla leader. Along the way they are joined by a prostitute (Dorian Gray) and an Arab child. Their mission is a success but when their escape helicopter is shot down they have to fight their way back to the French lines.

Cast

Production

The theme music Concerto Disperato by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino became a top selling instrumental in Italy performed by Nini Rosso and in the UK with a cover version by Ken Thorne reaching #4.[6]

Reception

The Los Angeles Times called it "mediocre, its timely subject matter reduced to the level of a formula Western."[7]

References

  1. Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. LEGION'S LAST PATROL, The "(Marcia o Crepa)" Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 30, Iss. 348, (Jan 1, 1963): 87.
  3. The Long After-Life of Stewart Granger Clifford, Terry. Chicago Tribune 24 Mar 1968: e13.
  4. http://www.movieposter.com/poster/MPW-23214/Commando_and_Torpedo_Bay.html
  5. War Movies Scheduled Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]04 Mar 1964: C11.
  6. Warwick, Neal, Brown, Tony & Kutner, Jon The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums 2004 Omnibus Press
  7. Adventure Pictures Coupled on Program Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 13 Mar 1964: C15


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