Lion Of The Desert

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Lion of the Desert is a 1981 Libyan historical action film starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar, a Bedouin leader fighting the Regio Esercito (Italian Royal Army) in the years leading up to World War II, and Oliver Reed as Italian... read more
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Lion of the Desert is a 1981 Libyan historical action film starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar, a Bedouin leader fighting the Regio Esercito (Italian Royal Army) in the years leading up to World War II, and Oliver Reed as Italian General Rodolfo Graziani, who attempted to defeat Mukhtar. It was directed by Moustapha Akkad and funded by the government under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Released in May 1981, the film was liked by critics and audiences but performed poorly financially, bringing in just $1 million net worldwide.. The film was banned in Italy in 1982 and was only shown on pay TV in 2009.

Original Release

04/17/1981

Cast

Anthony Quinn Omar Mukhtar
Irene Papas Mabrouka
John Gielgud Sharif El Gariani
Oliver Reed Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
Rod Steiger Benito Mussolini
Raf Vallone Colonel Diodiece
Andrew Keir Salem
Gastone Moschin Major Tomelli
Stefano Patrizi Lt. Sandrini
Adolfo Lastretti Colonel Sarsani
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Moustapha Akkad

Writers

David Butler, H.A.L. Craig, Paul Thompson

Cast

Anthony Quinn Omar Mukhtar
Irene Papas Mabrouka
John Gielgud Sharif El Gariani
Oliver Reed Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
Rod Steiger Benito Mussolini
Raf Vallone Colonel Diodiece
Andrew Keir Salem
Gastone Moschin Major Tomelli
Stefano Patrizi Lt. Sandrini
Adolfo Lastretti Colonel Sarsani
Sky du Mont Prince Amadeo
Takis Emmanuel Bu-Matari
Rodolfo Bigotti Ismail
Robert Brown Al Fadeel
Eleonora Stathopoulou Ali's Mother
Mario Adorf
Claudio Cassinelli Prisoner Escort Guard
Mark Colleano Infantry Corporal
Tom Felleghy Italian General
Scott Richard Fensome Machine Gun Sergeant

Producers

Editors

John Shirley

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