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The Lebanese Mission (1956)
"La châtelaine du Liban" (original title)

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Jean Servais and Omar Sharif are explorers searching for uranium in the Arabian desert. They run into spies, thieves and two attractive mysterious women, Juliette Greco and Lucianna Paoluzzi.

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Jean Domèvre
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Comtesse Athelstane Orloff (as Gianna-Maria Canale)
Jean Servais ...
Maj. Charles Hobson
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Michèle Hennequin (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Guido Celano ...
M. Hennequin
Robert Dalban ...
Malek
Jess Hahn ...
Le valet
Guy Henry ...
Le géant (as Guy Henri)
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La Pie
Aïché Nana ...
La danseuse
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Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
Juliette Gréco ...
Maroussia
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Jean Servais and Omar Sharif are explorers searching for uranium in the Arabian desert. They run into spies, thieves and two attractive mysterious women, Juliette Greco and Lucianna Paoluzzi.

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The uranium syndrome
27 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

It was the last line for estimable director Richard Pottier,the man who directed the first version of "some like it hot" ("Fanfare D'Amour" ).He could also be good at films noirs as "Meurtres" or "la Ferme Aux Loups" bear witness.But as far as adventure movies are concerned ,it does not really make it.The screenplay is not only dull and slow,as the precedent users pointed out,it's also desultory and incoherent.Pierre Benoit's books were extravaganzas ("L'Atlantide" on which Pabst based one of his movies) which were acceptable in the exotic atmosphere of the FRench thirties ;in the fifties,it was over the hill.The adventure movie,as HG Clouzot had brilliantly proved ("le Salaire De lA Peur") became more demanding.....

What have we got here: an absurd cast gathering French (Jean Claude Pascal as the handsome macho raider ,Jean Servais as the villain),Gianna Maria Canale ,the Italian Beauty ,as a treacherous courtesan , Omar Sharif (you read well:he was credited under his Egyptian name) ,Jean Lefevre (later a specialist of French coarse comedies),Lucianna Paoluzzi (later a James Bond girl in "Thunderball" as Paluzzi)..... And even Juliette Greco who pulls the obligatory little tune in a nightclub .Both Greco's song and a belly dance are mostly filler.

The subject revolves around uranium which was found by Sharif in the Arabian desert.Despite the ending,"the treasure of the Sierra Madre" ,it isn't....


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