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Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 2 December 1965 (UK)
After a small aircraft crashes in the Kalahari Desert, one of the seven passengers decides that his survival chances would increase if he would eliminate the other men in the group.

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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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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At about the half-hour point, Stuart Whitman takes off his shirt. He remains bare-chested throughout the remainder of the movie. See more »

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The diamond area warning sign said "Trespasses will be prosecuted" not "Trespassers will be prosecuted". See more »

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Referenced in Pitch Black (2000) See more »

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So pleased I finally tracked this film down ...
4 May 2002 | by (Stamford, UK) – See all my reviews

... it's been haunting my memory for years.

All I can really remember (I'm 37, I must've seen it when I was 15) is a feeling of the vastness of the desert, the apparent futility of their situation, and an ending that I couldn't ever forget.

I couldn't remember the name, so I did a search in IMDb's 'Plot' category for 'baboons'. And up it came - good old IMDb! How I'd love to see this again, but I guess it'll never end up on DVD, and I'll be lucky to spot it on TV (even here in the UK, where there are dozens of movie channels).

Review: tough, after all this time, but this film - I think - started me off on a lifelong quest for films that DO NOT COP OUT AT THE END. My God, these films are so much more memorable than the rest. If memory serves, the final images in Sands Of The Kalahari are utterly chilling. Top marks to the team behind it. Fingers crossed I get to see it again one day. For impact, I'd put the ending up there with The Vanishing (1988), The Wicker Man and Runaway Train. I think ... hope my memory's not playing tricks on me!


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