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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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Victor Mature offered to pay for Jack Keely's funeral after he was killed in a horse riding stunt making this film. See more »

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Haji Khan: Take my son and flog him. Flog him to death!
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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) See more »

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Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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To Sheik or Not to Sheik
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1956 I was a twelve year old girl, going to the Saturday Matinée with my friends. The things I remember best about Zarak were the marvelous colors of the costumes, the romantic plot line and the desert fighting. It was both a Swash and a Buckle, and made even more exciting by its exotic location. Victor Mature was a bit long in the tooth, and probably could have played the father instead of the son, but he was still in good enough shape for my twelve year old heart to side with the errant lovers. Anita Ekburg didn't actually act much, but she was spectacular---in living color and almost in the costumes. In comparison to Victor Matures' be-robed macho, Michael Wilding seemed a bit of a stuffed shirt, leading most twelve year old girls to decide that Arabs were much sexier than Englishmen!


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