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Ashanti (1979)

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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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
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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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6 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Ashanti, Land of No Mercy  »

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Richard Fleischer and Cinematographer Aldo Tonti previously worked together on Barabbas (1961). See more »

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Don't Lose the Feeling
(end title song)
Music by Michael Melvoin (uncredited)
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Chambers
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Excellent adventure, slightly predictable, wonderful acting
6 August 2006 | by (Cambridge) – See all my reviews

Ashanti is a very 70s sort of film (1979, to be precise). It reminded me of The Wild Geese in a way (Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore on a mission in Africa). It's a very good film too, and I enjoyed it a lot.

David (Michael Caine) is a doctor working in Africa and is married to a beautiful Ashanti woman called Anansa (Beverley Johnson) who has trained in medicine in America and is also a doctor. While they're doctoring, one day she is snatched by slavers working for an Arabic slave trader called Suleiman (played perfectly by Peter Ustinov, of all people). The rest of the film is David trying to get her back.

Michael Caine is a brilliant actor, of course, and plays a character who is very determined and prepared to do anything to get his wife back, but rather hopeless with a gun and action stuff. He's helped out first by a Englishman campaigning against the slave trade that no one acknowledges is going on (Rex Harrison!), then briefly by a helicopter pilot (William Holden), and then by an Arab called Malik (Kabir Bedi). Malik has a score to settle with Suleiman (he is very intense throughout, a very engaging character), and so rides off with David to find him and get Anansa back - this involves a wonderful scene in which David fails miserably to get on his camel.

Then there's lots of adventure. There's also lots of morality-questioning. The progress of the story is a little predictable from this point, and there are a few liberties taken with plotting to move things along faster, but it's all pretty forgivable. The question is, will David get to Anansa before Peter Ustinov sells her on to Omar Sharif (yes, of course Omar Sharif is in it!)?


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