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6 April 1979 (USA) See more »
Slave trading lives today! See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Michael Caine ... Dr. David Linderby

Peter Ustinov ... Suleiman

Kabir Bedi ... Malik

Beverly Johnson ... Dr. Anansa Linderby

Omar Sharif ... Prince Hassan

Rex Harrison ... Brian Walker

William Holden ... Jim Sandell

Zia Mohyeddin ... Djamil
Winston Ntshona ... Ansok
Tariq Yunus ... Faid
Tyrone Jackson ... Dongaro

Akosua Busia ... The Senoufo Girl
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Marcel
Olu Jacobs ... Commissioner Batak
Johnny Sekka ... Captain Bradford

Marne Maitland ... Touareg Chief

Eric Pohlmann ... Zeda El-Kabir
Harry Araten ... Slave Dealer

Jacques Cohen ... German at Slave Market (as Jack Cohen)

Jay Koller ... Buyer at Slave Market
Enzo Patti ... Pearl Dealer

Ori Levy ... Hotel Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Slave Trader in Market (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
Writing credits
Stephen Geller (screenplay)

Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (novel "Ebano") (as Alberto Vasquez-Figueroa)

Produced by
Georges-Alain Vuille .... producer
John C. Vuille .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Melvoin 
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
Aurelio Crugnola 
Kuli Sander 
Makeup Department
Paolo Borselli .... hairdresser (as Paolo Borzelli)
Tony Lloyd .... makeup man: Michael Caine
Mario Van Riel .... makeup man
Production Management
Luciano Sacripanti .... executive in charge of production
Orazio Tassara .... production supervisor
Paolo Lucidi .... unit manager (uncredited)
Mauro Sacripanti .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... first assistant director
Allan Elledge .... second assistant director (as Alan Elledge)
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects
Sergio Testori .... stunt coordinator
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Angeletti .... gaffer
Gino Ietto .... key grip
Paul Ronald .... still photographer
Giorgio Tonti .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Nasalli)
Editorial Department
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Yisrael Ringel .... location coordinator: Israel (as Israel Ringel)
John Sutton .... location coordinator: Kenya
Danny Ben Menahem .... location manager (uncredited)
Danny Perlman .... location manager (uncredited)
Other crew
Sergio Bologna .... location accountant
Luciana De Pita .... production accountant
Sharon Lindstrom .... production assistant
Carole Murdoch .... production secretary
Maria Luisa Rosen .... continuity (as Marisa Rosen)
Bill Holz .... helicopter pilot: Kenya (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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118 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1979) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12 (video rating: 2009) | USA:R | West Germany:12
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good Cast in a Little Above Average Product, 5 November 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

Richard Fleischer was a very prolific director with a simple style but he was brave enough to enter films in all genres ("The Vikings", "Barabbas", "Compulsion", "Blind Terror", "The Boston Strangler", "Soylent Green", "Tora, Tora, Tora") with very good and acceptable results indeed.

With "Ashanti" he gets a watchable film and a sort of testimonial one dealing with slavery in the XX Century as a pretty female Doctor rendering services for the United Nations among primitive tribes in Africa is kidnapped to be sold in the eastern Arabian markets; her husband goes on a long pursuit of the slave traders to recover her. Shoot in jungle and desert wide-open outdoor locations the film is sort of slow at times but it also has some good moments.

An all star cast is a plus. Michael Caine renders an acceptable performance as the willing husband and model Beverly Johnson does too as his abducted wife. Peter Ustinov steals the show as the fiendish chief slave dealer Suleiman in what is probably the most interesting character in the film. Rex Harrison and William Holden not at the peak of their careers back then make correct appearances in small roles. Omar Shariff and Kabir Bedi are there too.

Not a great film at all but worth a watch in my opinion. It's a 6 out of 10 for me.

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