The Secret of the Sahara (1988)
"Il segreto del Sahara" (original title)

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 Desmond Jordan
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 Sholomon
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 Khalif of Timbuktu (1988)
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 Anthea (1988) (as Andie Mac Dowell)
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 Lieutenant Ryker
Miguel Bosé ...
 El Halem
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 Hared, the blind man
Diego Abatantuono ...
 Orso, the desertor
Delia Boccardo ...
 Yasmine
Radost Bokel ...
 Parizade (1988)
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 Philip (1988) (as William Mac Namara)
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 Kerim (1988)
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 De Brosse (1988) (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Salvatore Borghese ...
 (1988) (as Salvatore Borgese)
Romano Puppo ...
 (1988) (as Puppo Romano)
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Desmond Jordan is an archaeologist who finds an old parchment in which is mentioned the history of the Loudspeaker Mountain, the guardian of an ancient and sought-after treasure hidden someplace in the Saharan desert. After saving Anthea, the Khalif's wife, the two run away from evil Lieutenant Ryker and his legionaries and El Hallem, a dangerous and infamous bandit of the desert. At the same time the Khalif orders his guards to recover his wife, Philip, Jordan's son, travels from London to Egypt looking for his father to help him to discover the location of the Loudspeaker Mountain, trying to reveal the mystery that it hides. Written by Chockys

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Saharan Dream
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Leonie Gane
Performed by Amii Stewart
RCA Records Label
Music copyright: BMG Ariola S.p.A.
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A haunting drama
14 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Secret of the Sahara is the type of drama that Hollywood has long since abandoned. The story is original, the location (and sets) are breath taking and the cast is first class, with outstanding performances from Michael York as the obsessive archaeologist Desmond Jordan and Ben Kingsley as Sholomon, the Polish Jew who has found peace in the desert. David Soul provides a real sense of menace as Lieutenant Ryker and steals almost every scene from his co-stars. Andie MacDowell is slightly under used as are the other female cast members, but the director Alberto Negrin keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, aided by a hauntingly beautiful musical score from Ennio Morricone. There are some obvious limitations to the production which are easily over looked; Ryker seems to cross the desert to the same two or three locations to dizzying effect, and some of the dialogue feels a bit out of place but these are only minor points. All in all this is a quality drama and I only wish that more of this calibre were made.


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