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Ashanti (1979)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  April 1979 (USA)
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Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. David Linderby
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Suleiman
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Malik
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Dr. Anansa Linderby
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Prince Hassan
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Brian Walker
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Jim Sandell
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Djamil
Winston Ntshona ...
Ansok
Tariq Yunus ...
Faid
Tyrone Jackson ...
Dongaro
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The Senoufo Girl
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Marcel
Olu Jacobs ...
Commissioner Batak
Johnny Sekka ...
Captain Bradford
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Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

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Ashanti, Land of No Mercy  »

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Michael Caine has said many times that he acted in this film purely for monetary reasons and considers it the worst project he's ever done. Caine once said that the film was "the worst, most wretched film I ever made". See more »

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Don't Lose the Feeling
(end title song)
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Chambers
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There's a reason you've never heard of this movie
13 March 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

"Ashanti" has loads going for it: Released in 1979, it was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Michael Caine with an impressive supporting cast, including Peter Ustinov, Omar Shariff, William Holden and Rex Harrison (the latter three in very minor roles). If you're into exotic women there's Beverly Johnson, not to mention great exotic locations -- Israel, Kenya and Sicily (although much of the story takes place in the Sahara Desert). Caine's co-star, Kabir Bedi, is impressive as well.

The story addresses modern-day slavery. Caine's black wife is apprehended by slave-traders and he chases them across the Sahara Desert all the way to the Red Sea. I know of two beautiful women who completely disappeared abroad. What happened to them? Were they apprehended by slavers? Did they become sex slaves? No one knows. The film illustrates this very-real possibility.

"Ashanti" plays like a wannabe "Lawrence of Arabia" but doesn't even come close. It's marred by a horribly dated 70s score whereas the score to "Lawrence" is timeless (even though it's older by about 17 years!!). Plus, "Lawrence" is believable from beginning to end, whereas I found myself mumbling "Yeah, right" numerous times while watching "Ashanti." In other words, too many scenes come off unconvincing or slightly awkward.

BOTTOM LINE: "Ashanti" sounds great on paper but they needed to take more time in the creation process to work out the kinks in the writing, acting, directing and score.

Still, the locations are great, there is a lot of action and the film provokes thought on an important subject. It's definitely worth picking up if you're a Caine fan or if you're into desert-survival flicks, especially since it's so cheap. Same thing if you favor Beverly Johnson (who's not the greatest actress). It's quite a bit better than Caine's similar African adventure "The Wilby Conspiracy" (1975).

The DVD features only a full screen version but the picture is quite good. Unfortunately the menu is cheap, featuring only "Play Movie" and "Trailer;" there isn't even a scene selection option.

GRADE: C


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