Sands of the Kalahari

Sands of the Kalahari

Director: Cy Raker Endfield, Stuart Whitman, Stanley Baker, Susannah York

Cast: Cy Raker Endfield, Stuart Whitman, Stanley Baker, Susannah York

     
 

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Stranded in the African wilds by a plane crash, a disparate group of passengers' worst enemy isn't weather or wild animals but a fellow traveler. A delayed flight causes several South African travelers to charter a small plane from unctuous pilot Sturdevan (Nigel Davenport). Among the group: Dr. Bondrachai (Theodore Bikel), divorcee Grace Munkton (Susannah York), the

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Stranded in the African wilds by a plane crash, a disparate group of passengers' worst enemy isn't weather or wild animals but a fellow traveler. A delayed flight causes several South African travelers to charter a small plane from unctuous pilot Sturdevan (Nigel Davenport). Among the group: Dr. Bondrachai (Theodore Bikel), divorcee Grace Munkton (Susannah York), the crooked Brian O'Brien (Stuart Whitman), the elderly German Grimmelman (Harry Andrews), and mining engineer Mike Bain (Stanley Baker). O'Brien bribes Sturdevan to reroute the flight, so when the plane is brought down in the vast Kalahari by an encounter with a cloud of locusts, no rescue can be expected. A struggle for control begins. After Studevan attacks Grace sexually, he is exiled, and Brian takes over. He attempts to banish Bondrachai and Grimmelman, but the latter objects, and Brian kills him. Only Grace and Mike are left to deal with Brian, but when they think they've got the best of him, he manages to stay alive and stalk them to plot his revenge. Vicious local baboons have a surprise for the increasingly deranged Brian, however-they are hunting the hunter. The film re-teams star/co-producer Baker with his Zulu (1964) writer/director Cy Endfield.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
This production from the infamous Joe Levine is a familiar saga - an adventure yarn that recycles the worn-threadbare cliché of a party stranded in the wilderness and attempting to survive, to so-so effect. But it has one running thread throughout that touches the sublime: as the marvelously-named Brian O'Brien, B-movie favorite Stuart Whitman gets to play someone so sadistic, vile and nasty that one can't quite believe his actions. This psychopath's favorite pastimes consist of picking off innocent animals with his gun, torturing baboon chimps with fire, and attempting to strong-arm several other members of the expedition into the grave. Acting like the love child of Charles Manson and Bobby Berosini, O'Brien is an outrageously sick character, and the screenwriters use all of his ills against animals as narrative plants, over the course of the movie's running time. His evil actions build up to one of the most shocking conclusions in B-movie history, as nature itself turns on this sadist and asserts its anger in the most violent and retributive of ways. The surrealistic final sequence (which begins with a Whitman line that foreshadows Roy Scheider's "smile, you..." line in Jaws, and concludes with an image that may have inspired the last shot in Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God) is nothing short of spectacular entertainment, and arguably makes the whole journey that has preceded it worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0887090033305
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
22,226

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stuart Whitman Brian O'Brien
Stanley Baker Mike Bain
Susannah York Grace Monckton
Harry Andrews Grimmelman
Theodore Bikel Dr. Bondarahkai
Nigel Davenport Sturdevant
Barry Lowe Detjens

Technical Credits
Cy Raker Endfield Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley Baker Producer
Jack Causey Asst. Director
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer
Seamus Flannery Art Director
Geoffrey Helman Production Manager
Erwin Hillier Cinematographer
John Jympson Editor
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Robert Porter Associate Producer
George Provis Art Director
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
James Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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