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Lion of the Desert (1981)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  16 May 1981 (Japan)
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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 ... 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 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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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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Goofs

During the narrated introduction immediately following the opening credits, the Earth is depicted revolving backwards - west-to-east instead of east-to-west. See more »

Quotes

[Omar Mukhtar protects two surviving Italian soldiers]
Omar Mukhtar: We do not kill *prisoners*!
Arab Warrior: *They* do it to *us*!
Omar Mukhtar: "They" are not our *teachers!*
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Referenced in El crack (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

'O sole mio
(uncredited)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
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what a great movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
14 June 2003 | by (Montreal,Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie symbolizes heroism , revenge , history, vanity, and a lot more.It has a great cast , Anthony at his best and reed proving that he can make a great bad guy.The story is just wonderfully rich with a lot of events , it's a true story about an Arabic Muslim hero who fought against the Italian's occupation of Libya with a great bravery and intelligence.the production is amazing , it's a really big budget movie that had all the authenticity of that period.And last but not least the director Mr. Akkad who did an mazing job on this movie.

All i can say is that it's a must see and it's on my top 10 movies of all time.


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