The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol
The Lost Patrol
  • PG
  • 1h 14m
  • 1934
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A shot rings out, the captain falls, and with him dies the knowledge of his unit's mission. Now a stalwart sergeant takes charge as he and his men try to escape the surrounding, unseen snipers who felled their captain. They hole up at an oasis in a land that, a Bible-toting soldier notes, was once the Garden of Eden. Filming in the searing Arizona desert, John Ford guides this powerful tale of men and mortality set in World War I Mesopotamia. Victor McLaglen, who would claim the following year's Best Actor (1935) Oscar® as Ford's protagonist in The Informer, plays the sergeant. Boris Karloff is the religious firebrand whose zeal turns to feverish madness. And the unforgiving terrain is as much an enemy as the snipers it conceals. Once Eden. Now a hell.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Classic Film and Television
Michael E. Grost

Visionary look at a group of doomed soldiers, grippingly told and styled, with an experimental fee...

June 25, 2017
Combustible Celluloid
Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ford and his longtime screenwriter Dudley Nichols center on character interaction and keep the act...

June 22, 2017
Goatdog's Movies
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

A mostly successful experiment in minimalism that allows Ford to work with his traditional themes.

June 22, 2017
Fernando F. Croce

John Ford's horror hallucination, which begins with Kipling but is positioned towards Borges (and...

June 21, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

Seems archaic, as it has not dated that well.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:February 16, 1934
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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