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 Taghi Khanemoui ...
Maftoon (as Mohammad Taghi Kahnemout)
Khosrow Tabatabai ...
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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Actor Anthony Quinn was cast in this desert movie based on his well-known screen persona from having starred in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a classic desert picture. See more »

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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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It's romantic nonsense, but I adore it!
9 July 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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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