Somewhat familiar, but often very funny anti-war, anti-imperialist satire/farce.
A motley bunch of French, holding down a colonial fort in Africa, discover that WWI
has been declared, so go and attack their German neighbors, using their native
semi-servants as soldiers, with disastrous results.
Few films manage to wrestle so well, with so many issues - racism, nationalism,
religious hypocrisy, etc. If it kept to it's most original moments, and didn't
occasionally fall over the edge into the silly or obviously preachy at times it
would be a great film. As it is, it's still very worth seeing.