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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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Cast

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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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arab | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Drama

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December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saadia - aavikon tytär  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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1.37 : 1
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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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Rita & Rotha Provide the Sparks
8 May 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

Rita Gam was an exotic looking beauty who shot from a bit part in her first movie (as "The Girl") to the female lead in this, her second film. How does one rise so rapidly through the Hollywood ranks? Perhaps being married to director Sidney Lumet had something to do with it? "Saadia" is fairly wooden at parts, but it's not Rita's fault. She gives a spirited performance as the object of two men's love. The only other life in this movie is provided by Wanda Rotha, as a voodoo wielding rival to Rita. Cornel Wilde & Mel Ferrer, who are friends in the film & act as if they're afraid to hurt each other's feelings, have hurt the audiences feelings by being almost too dull to watch. I rate it 5/10.


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