Sahara (1983)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  2 March 1984 (USA)
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After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.



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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Lacey ...
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira ...
Mayor (as Yaacov Ben-Sira)
Tuvia Tavi ...
Terrence Hardiman ...
Shahar Cohen ...
Zehava Twena ...
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Gabi Amrani ...


After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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She challenged the desert, its men, their passions and ignited a bold adventure.


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras en el Sahara  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Early press on this movie was so bad that the film company halted it from release in almost every market east of the Mississippi River. See more »


Twice in the opening sequence, Dale (Brooke Shields) slides off the race course on a corner, and the wide view shows her race car hitting a hay bale barricade, but both times in a close-up shot inserted between the long views, her car hits a barricade made of tires. See more »


Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
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Romantic and dreamy
16 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, so it's no Academy Award winner. The writing is poor, some of the movie is just plain silly, but there is a lot to enjoy.

I love the chemistry between the Brooke & Lambert Wilson... the seductive and emotional nature of their scenes together. Lambert Wilson takes my breath away! He did in 1983 when I first saw the film (okay, I'll admit -- a few times). I just finally found a copy recently and watched it again for the first time in 23 years or so, and he STILL takes my breath away! Brooke is beautiful and he is terribly handsome -- his face, his eyes, his voice -- he looks at her as if he's going to drink her. It's incredible. Mesmerizing. In my book, this is one of the sexiest movies ever (and without actually having any sex in it).

I looked up Lambert Wilson on IMDb and realized I didn't recognize him 20 years later in "Matrix Reloaded" or the newer "Sahara" (but it had been a long time -- the french accent and clean-shaven face threw me off). It looks like he's been working steadily in France all along, thank goodness. I'm thrilled to know he's been a success. I hope he'll do more American films. Oh, and the score was haunting. It added a lot to the film.

And one more thing: Brooke was practically a child when she did this film. I thought her acting was fine, especially considering her age and the poor script with which she had to work.

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