Commando (1962 film)

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Marcia o Crepa
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US release film poster
Directed by Frank Wisbar
Produced by Willy Zeyn
Written by William Denby
Mino Guerrini
Milton Krims
Giuseppe Mangione
Frank Wisbar
Arturo Tofanelli(story)
Starring Stewart Granger
Dorian Gray
Music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua
Edited by Mario Serandrei
Distributed by Tempo Film (Italy)
American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1962 (1962) (Italy)
  • 1963 (1963) (UK)
  • 1964 (1964) (France, U.S.)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany
Box office 977,460 admissions (France)[1]

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. It was released in 1964 in the USA by American International Pictures on a double feature with Torpedo Bay/Beta Som.[2]

Cast[edit]

Plot and production[edit]

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.

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.[3]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. ^ http://www.movieposter.com/poster/MPW-23214/Commando_and_Torpedo_Bay.html
  3. ^ Warwick, Neal, Brown, Tony & Kutner, Jon The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums 2004 Omnibus Press

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