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(1984)

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Peter Ustinov's character Abdi Aga has been likened to that of Prince John from Robin Hood. Ustinov voiced Prince John in the Disney animated Robin Hood (1973).
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Peter Ustinov once described this film as follows: "It is a combination of action, intrigue, humor and young love. It is a satirical look at the strife between the peasants and the landowners of Turkey in the 1920s."
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This movie, set in Turkey, was actually filmed entirely on location in Yugoslavia.
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When Peter Ustinov directed this picture it was the first movie he had directed since Hammersmith Is Out (1972), a gap of about twelve years.
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The story of this film and its source novel have been described as a variation on the Robin Hood legend.
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Principle photography on this picture was completed in November 1982.
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This film's "Memed, My Hawk" source novel was Yasar Kemal's first novel and was also the first novel in his Ince Memed tetralogy. It's Turkish title is Ince Memed which translates as Memed the Thin. The four volumes of the Ince Memed saga were published in 1955, 1969, 1984 and 1987.
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Final movie as a director for Peter Ustinov.
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Leonie Mellinger's character has been likened to that of Maid Marian from Robin Hood.
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Final film role for Siobhan McKenna.
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Final theatrical film as a screenwriter for Peter Ustinov.
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This movie was filmed in Yugoslavia because the Turkish Government allegedly refused permission to film it there for allegedly political reasons.
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First theatrical film appearance for Simon Dutton.
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Peter Ustinov performed a number of different roles on this movie including actor, scriptwriter, producer, and director.
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The meaning and relevance of the word Memed of this film's title is that is a Turkish male name.
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Final film as a producer for Peter Ustinov.
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The first lines of Yasar Kemal's source novel read: "The slopes of the Taurus Mountains rise from the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, on the southern coast of Turkey, in a steady ascent from the white, foam-fringed rocks to the peaks."
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The adaptation of Yasar Kemal's source novel for this film has been described as being "freely adapted" by Peter Ustinov.
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This picture is called 'Memed, My Hawk' but it is also well known as 'The Lion and the Hawk'.
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This movie's source novel won Turkey's highest literary award, the Varlik prize, for the year it was first published.
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The film producers were able to raise the finances for the movie in Turkey with the formal approval of the Turkish government of the day.However, the Turkish Film Censorship Committee refused to grant permission for the motion picture to be filmed in Turkey.After elections in Turkey, a new Turkish government upheld the decision of the Turkish Film Censorship Committee and refused to grant filming permits to the producers. Therefore, the production had to be moved in a hurry to Yugoslavia.The film had a Royal Gala Premiere, in the aid of UNICEF, in May 1984, in London but the Turkish ambassador did not attend it.The Turkish government banned the film in Turkey.
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