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Zarak (1956)

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An Afghan Outlaw finally saves a British Officer at the cost of his own life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zarak Khan
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Maj. Michael Ingram
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Salma
Bonar Colleano ...
Biri (Zarak's brother)
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Cathy Ingram
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The Mullah
Peter Illing ...
Ahmad
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Hassu the one-eyed
Eddie Byrne ...
Kasim - Zarak's brother
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Moor Larkin
Frederick Valk ...
Haji Khan (Zarak's father)
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Maj. Atherton
Harold Goodwin ...
Sgt. Higgins
Alec Mango ...
Akbar (merchant)
Oscar Quitak ...
Youssuff
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On the mountainous frontier between British India and Afghanistan, circa 1860s, Zarak Khan kisses Salma, the youngest wife of his father, Haji Khan. Outraged, his father orders Zarak to be flogged to death but spares his life at the urging of an elderly Mullah. Zarak now leaves his village and becomes a notorious outlaw, prompting the British to assign a Major Ingram to capture him. Zarak and Ingram have several encounters, developing a grudging respect for each other. When Ingram is captured by Ahmad, one of Zarak's rivals, Zarak risks his life to save the British officer. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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The last feature film of Frederick Valk. See more »

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Haji Khan: Take my son and flog him. Flog him to death!
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Featured in The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) See more »

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Climb Up the Wall
Music by Auyar Hosseini
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Yana
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Gung-Ho adventure in the 50's on a screen that seemed impossibly wide!
20 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

It's interesting sitting down to write a review on a film you have only seen once - some forty five years ago! Just ten years old, perhaps on account of the striking name (ZARAK - how onomatopoeic? - better look that one up!) I have remembered the film clearly...perhaps Anita Ekberg was an early awakening for me?

Victor Mature done up like bin Laden on a bad day, played the title role with gusto, the middle eastern outlaw, on the run from terribly British Michael Wilding as Major Ingram. He derring-do's with the best of them! This type of desert adventure was all the rage in the 50's, another biggie of its day as I recall, Tyrone Power in KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES!...but I digress!

Probably most men in the audience (and I was inarguably male, even at that stage) will doubtless remember Ms Ekberg as Zarak's forbidden love Salma, rather inconveniently one of his father's wives. Unless I am mistaken, I seem to recall Zarak pacing around his exotic garden while Ms Ekberg, barely legally silked-up, was sashaying around him teasingly, singing "Climb up the Garden Wall," God, I'd like to see that again!

So yeah, take it from a ten year old, this was a film that went off!


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