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Saadia (1953)

Approved | | Drama | December 1953 (USA)
Saadia is a wild, strange Arab girl whose life has been dominated by a local sorceress, a vengeful outcast in the community, who has convinced her she has the "evil eye" and brings disaster... See full summary »

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Si Lahssen
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Henrik
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Saadia
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Bou Rezza
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Khadir
Wanda Rotha ...
Fatima
Marcel Poncin ...
Moha
Anthony Marlowe ...
Capt. Sabert
Hélène Vallier ...
Zoubida
Mahjoub Ben Brahim ...
Ahmed
Jacques Dufilho ...
Bandit leader
Bernard Farrel ...
Lt. Camuzac
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Lt. Girard
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Leader Mokhazenis
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Horse dealer
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Saadia is a wild, strange Arab girl whose life has been dominated by a local sorceress, a vengeful outcast in the community, who has convinced her she has the "evil eye" and brings disaster to all who love her. French doctor Henrik takes her to his clinic, for rehabilitation purposes, and falls in love with her as does his friend, Si Lahssen, the reigning prince of this small Moroccan state. When a plague falls on the town, Saadia is convinced she is responsible, and rides alone into the mountain country to retrieve the plague serum being held for ransom by bandits. The love triangle dominates most of the rest of the film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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December 1953 (USA)  »

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Saadia - aavikon tytär  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Mel Ferrer plays the same Chopin prelude (#28) on the piano as Hurd Hatfield does as Dorian Grey. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence when Saadia escapes from the mountains with the Plague serum, the girth strap on her horse is loose and dangling during the initial horse chase scenes and then is cinched properly in the rest of the scenes. See more »

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Shot in Morocco
19 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The most interesting thing about this film Saadia is the fact that it was shot on location in Morocco where the story takes place. I guess a nice trip to Morocco was a nice dividend for the American and European players in this exotic but rather pedestrian drama.

Playing the title role is Rita Gam and she's a wild child Moroccan girl trained in the black arts by Wanda Rotha. Because of that she's scorned in polite society. But she's got two guys panting hot and heavy for her. They would be the local sheik Cornel Wilde and a French doctor now stationed in Wilde's corner of Morocco, Mel Ferrer.

There's a breakout of plague where Wilde gets sick and Gam goes the extra mile to get the serum and other medical supplies captured by another local sheik Michel Simon. Presiding over it all is Cyril Cusack who plays a local imam.

Gam never looked sexier on screen, but she and the others all were in better films. Fans of the leads will find Saadia acceptable.


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