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89 Ratings

The Lost Patrol

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1934
Drama, Action


A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

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The Lost Patrol Directed by John Ford

Critics reviews

As he did frequently, Ford varies between nonverbal sequences of visual majesty and dialogue scenes, often consisting of macho digressions (past drinking exploits, etc.) and appreciation of life’s simple sensory pleasures… No one was better than Ford at divesting stock characters of their mothballs and rendering them both archetypal and authentic, and that’s especially true here.
August 05, 2016
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The blank uniformity of the desert sets a bleak tone of existential cruelty in John Ford’s strikingly modern, quasi-absurdist First World War drama, from 1934… With no name for the enemy and no objective for the battle, the soldiers endure a conflict that’s seemingly without cause, without purpose, and without hope. For all of Ford’s emphasis on courage, self-control, and esprit de corps, he delivers the ultimate antiwar film.
January 01, 2010
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