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A small airplane crashes in the sweltering deserts of southern Africa hundreds of miles from civilization. As parallels are drawn between the stranded group of seven passengers and a nearby pack of savage baboons, one of the men's survivalist nature gets the better of him, as he decides his chances of survival would be better if the other men were eliminated one-by-one. Written by
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A one-time Burton and Taylor vehicle before ending up with the considerably cheaper Stuart Whitman and Susannah York instead, Sands of the Kalahari is a mostly excellent survival story pitched somewhere between The Flight of the Phoenix and The Naked Prey, and more than worthy of comparison with either. Despite being made by the Stanley Baker-Cy Endfield team behind Zulu and Hell Drivers, Baker's supporting role is thankless at first. Seemingly a natural for the role of antagonist or aggressor, his role develops rather unexpectedly against type, but then so does much of the first half of the film. Naturally, despite initial co-operation (and some useful survival tips), the real enemy turns out to be human nature. It isn't long before one of them decides he's the Alpha Male and goes from wiping out the local baboon population to prevent them eating all the food to moving on to the human competitors while Susannah York, the kind of woman who can repel both suitors and rapists alike just by talking to them, plays Eve to his Adam. It's the attempted rape scene that is the film's weakest moment, not so much because of the attitudes as Nigel Davenport's astonishingly bad acting in the scene, but it's a momentary lapse. The finale, with one survivor regressing beyond the Stone Age to almost become an ape himself, leads to a memorably chilling final shot.
Surprisingly, the body count is lower than expected, although the film comes up with genuinely unexpected fates for all the protagonists. Equally surprisingly for the time the real animal violence either happens offscreen or appears to be faked (except for one unlucky bird). Long overdue for a DVD release, it's impressive stuff.
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