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In spite of spending three hours developing the story of French peasant Charles Saganne (Gérard Depardieu), the sweep of this epic skims over the qualities that transformed Saganne from an ordinary officer to a great military leader. Saganne was first sent to a garrison town in North Africa before Colonel Dubreuilh (Philippe Noiret) assigned him to other missions, finally giving him a chance to exercise his innate ability to lead men. After a tragic hiatus in Paris where he fails to promote the colonialist cause, he returns to the Sahara and outshines his past accomplishments, leading a ragtag band of Arab dissidents in some brilliant military maneuvers -- for which he won the French Legion of Honor. His newfound recognition also attracted a society maven who became his wife, and after his tour of duty has ended Saganne moves with her to the village where he was born. But the year is 1914 and Saganne's peaceful village idyll was not meant to endure -- he is again called off to war, and to his destiny. Even though the costuming, landscape, battles, and charisma of Depardieu as Saganne and Noiret as Colonel Dubreuilh are outstanding, and several subsidiary characters deliver emotionally compelling vignettes, the protagonists as an ensemble have not been scripted with much depth of character -- making the three-hour epic seem a bit too long in the end. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Gérard Depardieu
as Charles Saganne
Philippe Noiret
as Dubreuilh
Catherine Deneuve
as Louise Tissot
Sophie Marceau
as Madeleine of Saint-Ilette
Michel Duchaussoy
as Baculard
Robin Renucci
as Hazan
Salah Teskouk
as Embarek
Florent Pagny
as Lucien Saganne
Roger Dumas
as Vulpi
Said Amadis
as Amajar
Hippolyte Girardot
as Courette
Jean-Laurent Cochet
as Bertozza
Jean-Louis Richard
as Flammarin
Pierre Tornade
as Charles' Father
Philippe Deplanche
Catherine Rethi
Sophie Grimaldi
as Lady of Saint-Ilette
El Kebir
Sophie Grimaldi
as Lady of Saint-Ilette
Pierre Tornade
as Charles' Father

Crew

Alain Corneau
Director
Alain Corneau
Screenwriter
Louis Gardel
Screenwriter
Philip Yordan
Screenwriter
Bruno Nuytten
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Thierry Derocles
Editor
Veniero Colasanti
Production Designer
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko
Art Director
Veniero Colasanti
Costume Designer
Rosine Delamare
Costume Designer
Corinne Jorry
Costume Designer
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
Georges Casati
Production Manager
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