This 1984 adventure epic boasts the talents of France's foremost actor, Gerard Depardieu, the beautiful Catherine Deneuve, lavish photography, and one of the biggest budgets in French filmmaking history. Unfortunately, the sum is considerably less than its parts.
Set in the early 1900s during the French colonization of North Africa, FORT SAGANNE concerns the exploits of Charles Saganne (Depardieu), who rises from peasant stock to become a leader in the Foreign Legion. Cheated out of officer's training due to his humble background, young Saganne is sent
to the Sahara Desert, where he serves under an implacable colonel, Dubreuilh (Philippe Noiret). He distinguis...