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

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Dull European miniseries
30 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Michael York headlines the cast in this Saharan adventure flick that populates an expansive tableau with stock characters throughout: there's a rugged, Indiana Jones-style archaeologist hero, a damsel in distress, various violent and unpleasant Arabs, plus some mystical hidden treasure hidden beneath the sands.

Given the number of countries involved in the production of this miniseries - they include Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and West Germany - it should have been a lot better than it actually is, which is completely forgettable. The narrative just about holds your interest but as a whole it's hardly anything to get excited about. I blame the script, which feels flabby and unfocused with way too many extraneous characters in the cast taking up too much screen time.

The shooting locations in Morocco are about the most interesting thing here, although playing "spot the actor" can be fun. Ben Kingsley is an Arab, and Andie MacDowell the youthful love interest (I kept thinking "she looks like Andie MacDowell" only to realise it actually was her during the closing credits). York gives a stiff central performance, and it's left to David Soul to ham things up as a villain. The twist ending has to be seen to be believed, but trust me, it's not really worth it.


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