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Lion of the Desert (1981)

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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 Dulce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab ... See full summary »

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Mabrouka
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Colonel Diodiece
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Sharif El Gariani
Andrew Keir ...
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 Dulce 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 | mussolini | general | muslim | bedouin | See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Omar Mukhtar: Lion of the Desert  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie was banned in Italy in 1982. Then Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti said of this that the film was "damaging to the honor of the [Italian] army". It has also been alleged that it was banned in Italy because the Italian Government maintained that the film was defamatory. The film was first broadcast on Italian television by Sky Italy on 11th June 2009 during the official state visit of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi who had financed the picture. 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

Gen. Rodolfo Graziani: These chains are uncomfortable ?
Omar Mukhtar: They are... uncomfortable facts.
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Referenced in 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003) See more »

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Marcia Reale
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Music by Giuseppe Gabetti
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One man lead resistance against the imperialist designs of the Italian dictator.
4 March 2005 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

7.1 is a ridiculous rating. This movies deserves much higher and I can assure those who have not seen it that they will agree with me once they have seen it.

Almost all aspects of movie making are amazingly rendered. It will easily compare with any movie about war and politics. The savagery, otherwise recorded only in books, is depicted marvelously. I want to praise a couple of actors but it would not be correct to leave anyone out so I am just saying that they were all tailor made for their roles. There is some real reel footage in the movie and that drives home the points raised in this movie.

On a tangent – it is interesting that the so called civilized countries continuously plumbed new depths of uncivilized actions only for land and riches…. It is an amazing display of imperialistic debauchery.


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