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Caravans (1978)

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The story happens in 1948, in a fictional country, called Zakharstan (in the novel "Caravans" is probably Afghanistan). Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) is a young U.S. Embassy employee who is... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zulffiqar
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Mark Miller
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Sardar Khan
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Ellen Jasper
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Crandall
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Nazrullah
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Richardson
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Dr. Smythe
Duncan Quinn ...
Moheb
Behrouz Gramian ...
Peasant Boy (as Behrooz Gueramian)
Mohamad Ali Keshavarz ...
Shakkur
Parviz Gharib-Afshar ...
Nur Mohammad
Fahimeh Amouzandeh ...
Mira
Mohammad Kahnemout ...
Maftoon (as Mohammad Taghi Kahnemout)
Khosrow Tabatabai ...
Dancing Boy
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The story happens in 1948, in a fictional country, called Zakharstan (in the novel "Caravans" is probably Afghanistan). Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) is a young U.S. Embassy employee who is responsible to follow Ellen Jasper (Jennifer O'Neill), the daughter of Senator Jasper, who later has married Colonel Nazrullah (Behrouz Vossoughi) and disappeared. During the investigation, Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) realizes that Ellen Jasper (Jennifer O'Neill) has escaped from her husband, Colonel Nazrullah (Behrouz Vossoughi), living among a tribe whose leader is Zulffiqar (Anthony Quinn). He will fail to convince her to be reunited with his father. But, Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) has realized that the leader of tribe is an outlaw who resists against the government's proposals for a permanent settlement of his tribe and also with cooperation of another rebel man, Shakkur (Mohamad Ali Keshavarz), are engaged to Russian arms trafficking ... Written by Persian Star

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The Power, the Sweep, the Spectacle of James Michener's Epic Desert Adventure!


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2 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Caravanas  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,000,000 (USA)
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Set in 70's pre-revolution Irain. Anglo-centric drama.
8 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rare look into the Islamic world just before the Iranian revolution, that virtually cut-off all communication with Western cultures. International intrigue, and the complexities of "cold-war" politics are just below the horizon in this all too "Ugly American" tale of the last caravan.

The tribal scenes are unequaled in their energy and authenticity. The inclusion of local clans and their customs bring forth a realism unique to modern films. Unfortunately, this cannot be said of the screen play, which is shallow and reflects western values at their worst. Acting is staged at best. No attempt at character development, much less motivation.

Spectacular filming of Iranian ruins. Biblical visions, for those with open minds,are stunning. We can only hope for a deeper glimpse.


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