The Lost Patrol

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  • Passed
  • 1934
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • 6.8  (3,548)

In The Lost Patrol, a group of British soldiers are sent to a remote outpost in Mesopotamia during World War I. Led by Sergeant Victor McLaglen, the men are tasked with providing security for a telegraph operator and ensuring the safe passage of civilians through the area. However, when their commanding officer is killed in a skirmish with local Arab tribesmen, Sgt. McLaglen must take charge of the small group and find a way to survive in hostile territory until reinforcements can arrive.

As they wait for help, the soldiers face numerous challenges, including dwindling supplies, extreme heat, and constant attacks from unseen enemies. The tension builds as the men begin to turn on one another, with each soldier facing his own inner demons and personal tragedies. Boris Karloff plays a religious zealot named Sanders, who becomes increasingly unhinged as the situation worsens.

Wallace Ford is outstanding as the young and inexperienced medic, whose bravery and compassion in the face of danger inspire the other soldiers to hold onto hope. McLaglen is stoic and commanding as the grizzled sergeant, who is forced to navigate the complexities of wartime leadership and the emotional toll it takes on him.

Director John Ford crafts a visually stunning and suspenseful film, using the desolate landscape to intensify the sense of isolation and vulnerability felt by the soldiers. The haunting score by Max Steiner adds to the film's sense of foreboding and impending doom.

The Lost Patrol is a powerful exploration of the human experience in wartime, examining themes of loyalty, courage, despair, and sacrifice. Despite being made over 80 years ago, the film still resonates with audiences today, offering a timeless glimpse into the horrors of combat and the resilience of the human spirit.

The Lost Patrol is a 1934 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 13 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    6.8  (3,548)