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1977 (Italy) See more »
Jean Bellard and Carl Mank, two Western engineers supported by Hamid are in search of a terrorist group that murdered their colleague in the Tunisian desert. | Add synopsis »
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SAHARA CROSS (Tonino Valerii, 1977) **1/2 See more (3 total) »


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Directed by
Tonino Valerii 
Writing credits
Adriano Belli (story and screenplay)

Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) and
Tonino Valerii (screenplay)

Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... delegate producer: Tunis, Carthago Film S.p.A.
Giorgio Cardelli .... producer
Donatella Senatore .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Antonio Siciliano 
Art Direction by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Set Decoration by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani  (as Lina Taviani)
Makeup Department
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Anselmo Parrinello .... unit manager
Stefano Pegoraro .... production manager
Alfredo Petri .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mario Bramonti .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gastone Coppa .... key grip
Valerio Garzia .... electrician
Gianfranco Transunto .... Steadicam operator
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Other crew
Maria Ruhle .... press agent (as Maria Rhule)
Luigi Scardino .... production accountant
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Germany:97 min (TV)
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SAHARA CROSS (Tonino Valerii, 1977) **1/2, 3 January 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I'd never heard of this one prior to happening upon its German DVD at a local rental outlet; it deals with three characters (and their African guide) who, after meeting up in the Sahara desert for a mystery job, become involved with a group of terrorists. The situation sees the two sides constantly double-crossing one another to gain the upper hand – the title (which is also how the film's called on its home ground), then, refers to their lengthy trek over a period of scorching days and freezing nights (via numerous means of transportation).

Though not a great "Euro-Cult" effort, SAHARA CROSS is a reasonably entertaining ride (co-written by the ubiquitous Ernesto Gastaldi and with a twist ending that makes of the film a sort of lighthearted RABID DOGS [1974]!). It's rendered all the more tolerable by the exotic location work, a cast that includes Franco Nero (his undeniable star quality takes some time to emerge here but, once it does, he invests his role with a typical blend of irony and machismo – conveniently, one of the terrorists is a good-looking girl!), Michel Constantin and Michael Coby, and a pounding score from Riz Ortolani.

Director Valerii maintains a good rhythm throughout between action, politics and suspense. This is the sixth film of his that I've watched, following four Spaghetti Westerns – DAY OF ANGER (1967), THE PRICE OF POWER (1969), A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE (1972) and MY NAME IS NOBODY (1973) – and the semi-poliziottesco VAI GORILLA (1975); one I've missed out on in the past and would love to catch is the giallo MY DEAR KILLER (1972).

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