The French Foreign Legion is a military service branch of the French Army established in 1831. Legionnaires are highly trained infantry soldiers, and the Legion is unique in that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces.
Better than you remember it? Yes, it still holds up, and it is better than I remember. A massive hit at the time I think it is often forgotten when we talk about iconic films from that era. Well worth the rewatch.