Deserter DVD


Set against the sweeping landscapes of North Africa during the 1960s Algerian fight for independence from France, Deserter is a tense Foreign Legion drama starring Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior, Dark Knight Rises). Deserter is the gritty true story of an idealistic young English gentleman, Simon Murray (Paul Fox), who is driven to join the French Foreign Legion after a failed romance. Simon’s romantic illusions are soon shattered when he encounters his fellow recruits, including Dupont (Tom Hardy), who have all volunteered to escape a past far less innocent than Simon’s.... A sadistic training routine forges the recruits together. As fully-fledged Legionnaires they set out to do battle against the insurgents and face deadly firefights among the villages, hills and deserts of North Africa. But when French President De Gaulle grants Algerian independence, the Legion sides with the ‘Pied Noir’ French Nationalists against mother France. Loyalties are torn apart. Comrade is turned against comrade. Simon and Dupont must face each other across a moral divide, their conscience dictating their actions; blurring the distinction between hero and deserter. [show more]

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23 January 2012
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment 
90 minutes 
Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Simon Murray (Paul Fox) responds to his girlfriend breaking up with him by joining the French Foreign Legion. While suffering through harsh training, Simon befriends fellow Legionnaires Valdes (Aitor Merino), Dupont (Tom Hardy), and Rodriguez (Javier Alcina). Simon eventually falls in love with Nicole (Felicite de Jeu). Her stance on the Algerian/French conflict is aligned with his, but Simon begins to question his own beliefs when confronted with the reality of the situation. Age Rating 15

Drama following the journey of personal discovery undertaken by a young English soldier who joins the French Foreign Legion during the Algerian struggle for independence. Simon Murray (Paul Fox) has grown up with certain ideas about life, largely romantic ones. When he is rebuffed in love, Simon decides to pursue another romantic ambition - fighting for something he believes in. In the deserts of North Africa he soon meets a man who appears to be his very opposite, the cynical and world-weary Dupont (Tom Hardy), who fights only for himself. As Simon encounters the ugly realities of war first hand, will he be able to hang onto his ideals or will he follow the lead of his new comrade, Dupont?