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Saadia (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  December 1953 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Si Lahssen
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Henrik
Rita Gam ...
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
Marne Maitland ...
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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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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Outstanding!
27 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes one is so pleasantly surprised by a film and this is one of those rare gems that surpassed my expectations.

This is a deeper movie than most of the type coming out of the 1950s.

I don't know if it came from the novel or the mind of Albert Lewin but there are some deep insights into the human psyche in this film.

Both Rita Gam and Wanda Rotha are stunning beauties and I've always loved Cornell Wilde which is why I watched the film rather than turning it off as I had intended. Mel Ferrer has a weak moment or two, especially in one scene he merely is reciting his lines not ACTING them. Yet Ferrer is quite good and I can see, now, why he was so popular and a heartthrob.

This film has action, quite well done I might add, really capable horsemanship, great scenery and costumes, as well as one of the more mature approaches to primitive superstition that one will come across.

Just a delight and I have to say, yet again, THANK GOD for TCM.

All in all a MOST delightful 80 some odd minutes of entertainment.

I full intend to purchase the DVD of this film and if the book is in print that also.

The film is either 82 or 87 minutes depending on who is right, IMDb or TCM


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