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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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desert | rebel | libya | mussolini | muslim | 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:

Lion of the Desert  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Research for the project, which took a year and a half, was made a little easier by the fact that Benito Mussolini, who was obsessed with propaganda, had had virtually every aspect of his Libyan campaign captured on film. See more »

Goofs

Mussolini is talking to Graziani in the opening when he looks the map of Libya, and says that all the green land is for Italy, but this is a topographical map that shows land greener as it becomes lower by sea level. 90% of the area of Libya is desert. 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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Connections

Referenced in 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003) See more »

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Giovinezza
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Blanc
Lyrics by Salvatore Gotta
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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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