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Ashanti (1979)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  6 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:
Dr. David Linderby
Dr. Anansa Linderby
Prince Hassan
Brian Walker
Jim Sandell
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Winston Ntshona ...
Tariq Yunus ...
Tyrone Jackson ...
The Senoufo Girl
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Olu Jacobs ...
Commissioner Batak
Johnny Sekka ...
Captain Bradford


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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Only two men could rescue her. One driven by love, the other by revenge. See more »


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6 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Ashanti, Land of No Mercy  »

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2.35 : 1
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The name of the medical body that the doctors Dr. David Linderby (Michael Caine) and Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) worked for was the World Health Organization (WHO). See more »


Don't Lose the Feeling
(end title song)
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Chambers
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Watchable Enough Though It's Easy To See That Caine Dislikes It
23 December 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

ASHANTI is a somewhat typical movie from the late 70s/early 80s starring Michael Caine . It's certainly watchable in an undemanding way but no more than that but neither is it bad enough to be virtually disowned by its star .

The story itself is intriguing an Afro-American doctor working for the UN is kidnapped by slave traders and it's up to her English born husband to track down the kidnapped woman . I guess the movie could have concerned itself more as to dispelling or building myths about the present day slave trade but it's not that type of movie and rightly concentrates on action and adventure

One can't help thinking that maybe Caine's dislike of the movie is down to the fact that he's playing a hero and as everyone knows heroes are by their very nature boring . Undoubtedly Malik played by Indian actor Kabir Bedi is the most interesting character while Peter Ustinov as Sulimen gets by far the best lines and scenes like " A father , a father , a father " . Very frequently Caine gives the impression that as soon as the movie is finished and the cheque is in the bank he'll be firing his agent

ASHANTI is a movie that demands very little from and offers little to its audience except to sit back and be enthralled . Film buffs might complain that this is a poor movie considering it was directed by the legendary Richard Fleischer , well maybe but I think the only thing the director can be criticised for is casting an obviously unwell William Holden in a needless cameo

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