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YMMV / The Last Remake of Beau Geste

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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The action during the battle scene with the Berber raiders (on the march to Fort Zinderneuf) pauses at a critical point for a spoof of used-car commercials (hawking used camels).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Flavia's "Gibson Girl" hairdo becomes neater and less exaggerated over the course of the film. This might be an additional indication of her High-Heel–Face Turn (see below).
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  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Flavia, over the course of the movie, comes to realize that she loves Beau more than she does the prospect of glomming onto the Blue Water, to the extent that she ends up fighting alongside Beau and Digby in the final confrontation with Markov and Boldini. The change in the color scheme of her clothes, from black, purple and scarlet early on to lighter colors later, culminating in her all-white outfit, helps indicate her change in alignment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In James Earl Jones' Stock Footage scene with Rudolph Valentino, Valentino invites Jones' character (Sheik Abdul the Disgusting) to travel with him to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune. The movie was released right around the time that Jones broke out as a star with his role as Alex Haley in Series/Roots and his (uncredited) role as the voice of Darth Vader.
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    • Beau Geste has not been remade again in the 40 years since this movie's release, making its title quite fitting indeed.
  • Ho Yay: In the ball scene, Flavia thinks she's being invited to dance by General Pecheur and holds out her white-gloved hand with an inviting smile...only to find Pecheur reaching over her to take Sergeant Markov's hand and lead him out onto the dance floor. She's left standing there looking tolerably nonplussed.
  • Values Dissonance: One of the Foreign Legion recruits is a blind man, and there are numerous jokes riffing off his disability. Such jokes were a lot more acceptable in the 1970's than they are now.
  • What Might Have Been: Even in its edited - not to say butchered - state as released, the movie is something of a Cult Classic. If Feldman's original version had been the one released instead...
  • Wicked Stepmother: While Flavia lusts after the priceless Blue Water sapphire as well as after Beau, and schemes and plots to get both of them (including helping Digby escape from jail and seducing numerous men), that's pretty much the extent of her actual "wickedness"; and in the end, she gives up the Blue Water in favor of having Beau instead. Considering her bedroom antics, she should more properly be called a Naughty Stepmother. She's certainly never shown as doing anything mean or unkind to Beau, Digby or Isabel.

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