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Lion of the Desert (1980)

In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mabrouka
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Colonel Diodiece
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Sharif El Gariani
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Salem
Gastone Moschin ...
Major Tomelli
Stefano Patrizi ...
Lt. Sandrini
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Colonel Sarsani
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Prince Amadeo (as Sky Dumont)
Takis Emmanuel ...
Bu-Matari
Rodolfo Bigotti ...
Ismail
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Al Fadeel
Eleonora Stathopoulou ...
Ali's Mother
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In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab nation. However, his troops are frequently defeated by the national leader Omar Mukhtar and his army of Bedouins. But the Butcher of Ethiopia and Libya uses a dirty war against the natives, slaughtering children, women and aged people, to subdue Mukhtar. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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libya | arab | mussolini | general | muslim | See All (48) »

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A giant of a man against a general seeking glory...a spectacular adventure of arch enemies in battle.


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16 May 1981 (Japan)  »

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Omar Mukhtar: Lion of the Desert  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, battle scenes featured around 3000 dressed and/or uniformed extras and background artists. See more »

Goofs

When Diodiece meets with Graziani and Prince Amadeo about starting peace talks, a map behind him, depicting the Horn of Africa, is inaccurate. The map clearly shows no borders between Ethiopia and the adjoining Italian colonies of Eritrea and Italian Somaliland, a situation that existed only after Ethiopia had been conquered by Italy and was united with the other two territories as the colony of Italian East Africa. However, this did not occur until 1936, and since the film takes place from 1929-1931, such a map could not possibly have existed at the time of the three men's meeting. See more »

Quotes

Omar Mukhtar: From God we come, and unto God we shall return.
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Referenced in 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003) See more »

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O sole mio
(uncredited)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
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A great epic!
14 November 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I believe that one needs to be made of a special material to direct/produce such an epic. Moustapha believed in what he was doing when shooting the movie. He went to out of his way to make sure that everything he filmed was as real as possible. The battle scenes were planned with all detail but also the small scenes with Tony Quinn, Irene Papas or any other actor. It is a real pity that death has taken him before he could produce/direct "Salahadin", his long wanted project that would have shown the world another face of Islam. He tried with Omar Muhktar but I am sure that he would have done much better with Salahadin. Moustapha Akkad and his work as a film maker will be remembered.


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