Lion of the Desert
Production year: 1980
Director: Moustapha Akkad
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 013131-048391
Running time: 3:26 (206 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, Widescreen 2.35:1
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: November 03, 1998
Collection type: Owned (#1053)
Status: Available
Purchase date: January 04, 2000
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 7 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
The year is 1929 and dictator Benito Mussolini (Rod Steiger) is still faced with the 20-year long war waged by Bedouin patriots to combat Italian colonization in Africa. Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani (Oliver Reed) governor of Libya, confident that he can crush the rebellion and restore the glories of the Imperial Rome.

Inspirational in the Bedouin resistance toward the oppressors is the leadership of one man–Omar Mukhtar (Anthony Quinn). A teacher by profession, guerrilla by obligation, Mukhtar has committed himself to a war that cannot be won in his lifetime.

Making a film of such epic proportions as Lion of the Desert demanded the approach of planning a vast military campaign. Whole villages had to be built to house the cast and crew of 400 in remote filming locations, along with a medical center to treat ailments from scorpion stings, to heat stroke, to broken bones suffered in battle scenes.
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Genres
Adventure
War
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Falcon International Productions
Media Companies:
 • Anchor Bay Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
 
Tags
Jukebox
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Gallery
 • Production Notes/Bios
Crew
Direction
Moustapha Akkad....Director
Writing
H.A.L. Craig....Screenwriter
Production
Moustapha Akkad....Producer
Cinematography
Jack Hildyard....Director of Photography
Film Editing
John Shirley....Film Editor
Music
Maurice Jarre....Composer
Cast
Anthony Quinn....Omar Mukhtar
Oliver Reed....Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
Rod Steiger....Benito Musolini
Irene Papas....Mabrouka
John Gielgud....Sharif el-Gariani
Raf Vallone....Diodiece
Andrew Keir....Salem
Robert Brown....Omar's Friend
Sky Dumont....Prince Amadeo
Gastone Moschin....Tomelli
Takis Emmanuel....Bu-Matari
Stefano Patrizi....Lt. Sandrini