| Action, Comedy, Drama
In 1943 in Tunisia, a unit of the French Foreign Legion fights the Germans over possession of a bank treasure in gold bars.
5th highest grossing movie of its year in France but after starting fast, dropped quickly because of negative word of mouth.
Karl's tank is a post-war French AMX-13, camouflaged as German.
In the German theatrical and video version 11 minutes are missing. 08:52: Beral (Villeret) explains his situation while Mahuzard (Constantin) seeks for volunteers going back outside the Turkish bath (3 min.). 23:35: On their way to the flak Augagneur (Belmondo) and Beral are creeping over a cemetery (2:30 min.). 44:30: Augagneur tells Helene (Laforet) about his favorite cinema Roxy-Palace and why he decided to become a foreign legionnaire. Mahuzard is listening to Edith Piaf on the radio. Then he goes to the door and frightens Beral by explaining to him what they usually do with disloyal french soldiers (5 min.). 79:52: Karl (Matthias Habich) and Augagneur in the tank. With help of headsets and microphones both speak about El Ksour and Paris. The tank is driving through the Tunesian desert (2 min.).
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