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The film is set in a fictional country in Middle East. The movie's source James A. Michener "Caravans" novel did state the country it was set in, that being Afghanistan. The movie was shot in Iran and this perhaps explains the reason why the country was not specified. See more »
The film's scenario would never happen except in a novel, or a soap opera where the central character has to "find herself".
An USA Intelligence operative goes into the Persian desert to find a missing diplomat's daughter. His journey involves gun-running Arab nomads, flash floods and lots of camels.
Nevertheless Caravans is good escapist fun. I could watch this film again and again, as it is great cinema. Two good bonuses are the scenery and the soundtrack. Mike Batt (a fellow Brit) composed the stirring music and it is worth buying the soundtrack CD alone (you may recall the minor pop chart hit-single by Babara Dickson, called Caravans).
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