Lion of the Desert

Lion of the Desert

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Director: Moustapha Akkad

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger

     
 

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Libyan leader Moummar Quaddafi financed this desert epic about a Libyan hero who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the encroaching Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the…  See more details below

Overview

Libyan leader Moummar Quaddafi financed this desert epic about a Libyan hero who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the encroaching Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the Italian dictator Mussolini (Rod Steiger). With the persistence of Mukhtar, the Libyans, battling the tanks and guns of the Italian army with their Bedouin troops on horseback, managed to hold off y the Italians for twenty years, until Mukhtar was finally captured and executed.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
UPC:
0013131329193
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
31,983

Special Features

Closed Caption; Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) English and Arabic language versions; Widescreen presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; The making of Lion of the desert; Audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad; The making of Omar Mukhtar; Arabic audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Omar Mukhtar
Oliver Reed Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
Rod Steiger Benito Mussolini
John Gielgud Sharif El Gariani
Irene Papas Mabrouka
Raf Vallone Diodiece
Gastone Moschin Maj. Tomelli
Takis Emmanuel Bu-Matari
Stefano Patrizi Lt. Sandrini
Robert Brown Al-Fadeel
Eleonora Stathopoulou Ali's Mother
Andrew Keir Salem
Rodolfo Bigotti Ismail
George Sweeney Capt. Biagi
Pietro Tordi Field Marshal
Victor Baring Actor
Gianfranco Barra Sentry
Ewen Solon Actor
Luciano Catenacci Actor
Sky Dumont Prince Amadeo
Franco Fantasia Gen. Graziani's Aide
Mark Colleano Infantry Corporal
Alec Mango Actor
Adolfo Lastretti Col. Sarsani
Mario Feliciani Lobitto
Claudio Gora President of Court
Lino Capolicchio Actor
Maurice Jarre Conductor

Technical Credits
Moustapha Akkad Director,Producer
Bob Bell Art Director
Norman Bolland Sound/Sound Designer
Syd Cain Production Designer
Maurice Cain Art Director
Sidney Cain Production Designer
H.A.L. Craig Screenwriter
Giorgio Desideri Art Director
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Carlos Gil Asst. Director
Miguel Gil Asst. Director
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
John Shirley Editor
Roy Stevens Associate Producer
Kit West Special Effects
Jim Willis Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lion of the Desert
1. Mussolini's Decision (Main Titles) [10:03]
2. Mukhtar's Wisdom [6:49]
3. Graziani's Arrival [7:17]
4. Fight for Him, Die for Him [8:14]
5. Ambush [9:24]
6. The Price of War [8:03]
7. Cause and Effect [10:04]
8. Making History [7:40]
9. Peace Talks [10:54]
10. The Battle of Kufra Oasis [13:44]
11. Surrender [4:23]
12. Flushing Out the Rebellion [7:10]
13. Summoning Courage [4:15]
14. The Bait [7:59]
15. A New Hadrian's Wall [12:26]
16. The Capture of Mukhtar [8:13]
17. Graziani and Mukhtar [7:30]
18. The Trial [13:33]
19. Execution [4:36]
20. End Credits [8:24]
Disc #2 -- Omar Mukhtar
1. Mussolini's Decision (Main Titles) [10:03]
2. Mukhtar's Wisdom [6:49]
3. Graziani's Arrival [7:17]
4. Fight for Him, Die for Him [8:14]
5. Ambush [9:24]
6. The Price of War [8:03]
7. Cause and Effect [10:04]
8. Making History [7:40]
9. Peace Talks [10:54]
10. The Battle of Kufra Oasis [13:44]
11. Surrender [4:23]
12. Flushing Out the Rebellion [7:10]
13. Summoning Courage [4:15]
14. The Bait [7:59]
15. A New Hadrian's Wall [12:26]
16. The Capture of Mukhtar [8:13]
17. Graziani and Mukhtar [7:30]
18. The Trial [13:33]
19. Execution [4:36]
20. End Credits [8:24]

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Lion of the Desert 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie tell us the true story of Omar Mukhtar, a Libian guerrilla fighter who fought against the Italians who occupied Libia before WW 2. Omar Mukhtar is played by Anthony Quinn, who did a great job. Ollie Reed was brilliant as general Graziani also Rod Steiger was successful playing dictator Benito Mussolini. Sir John Gielgud plays a Libian betrayer who helps the Italians. A brilliant cast! "Lion of the desert" is a great epic movie with a lot of action, very good battle scenes, good conversations and excellent locations. Director of photography Jack Hildyard did a great job and the music is very good. (conducted by Maurice Jarre). This movie must be seen by everyone who loves war movies. A true masterpiece!!
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