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Escape: Human Cargo (1998)

An American entrepreneur is closing a deal in Saudi Arabia in 1977. After a fallout with his influential Saudi partners, they have him arrested. Due to the US policy of noninterference in SA, the embassy won't help him. He must escape.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McDonald
Dennis McNatt
Suliman Nasir Rasi
Sheik Abdulla Fazza
Rinan Haim ...
Silent Sam
Khalid (as Uri Gabriel)
Brandon Bone ...
Kristen Bone ...
Brent Bone ...
Elva Mai Hoover ...
State Department Woman
Patrick Galligan ...
Bruce Baines
Imad Gibrin ...
Hotel Porter
Jack Adalist ...


An American entrepreneur is closing a deal in Saudi Arabia in 1977. After a fallout with his influential Saudi partners, they have him arrested. Due to the US policy of noninterference in SA, the embassy won't help him. He must escape.

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Baseret på virkelige hændelser![Denmark] Seperated from his country and family, John McDonald has one purpose... Getting Home.


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22 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Apodrasi apo to Dhahran  »

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It's just a cultural thing, but I don't have sex with men
9 April 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Treat wakes up very suddenly at the beginning, from a nightmare that he then realizes is reality: he's in a Showtime film(something cemented by bare breasts within the first few minutes), meaning he has not yet left the real-life limbo for actors that is... the made-for-TV movie. John McDonald had a deal(e-yi-e-yi-o?). A housing project, having agreed to the terms with a prince, but when he arrives, things don't work out quite the way he expected. For a while, his biggest problem is boredom(his own as well as that of the audience), such as when he rides with a sheik who drives around to no less than 3 different places for the best date(the fruit, that is... they're not trolling for tail), but... eventually... he is in a bad situation, such as when the aforementioned oil tyccoon is puttin' the moves on him(and yes, that is where the one line summary comes from... one of the several examples of actually funny dialog in this, and Williams does deliver it well... and I really enjoyed the friendship between him and Avatar's Lang, who pulls the same "those thur dumb natives" face, albeit this time I think you're meant to agree with him), as well as trapped in the country. Set in the 70's, a lot of the negative stuff(including the problems that come out of nowhere) seen here may be accurate(if one should definitely take the assertion that "this is a true story", which opens this flick, with a grain of salt), if the differences between the countries(ooh, scary Saudi Arabia!) seem exaggerated in the favor of the US. Would it have killed them to put in just one Muslim depicted in a positive light? Seriously, even Lifetime's The Stoning had that, if only to have an insider to explain just how awful everyone else there is. The last third is genuinely engaging and thrilling, with our engineer thinking up and attempting to execute a nifty plan. Doesn't save the whole, though. Too little, too late. There is some strong language in this, and aforementioned brief nudity. I recommend this only to big fans of the lead. 6/10

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