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Lost in the Desert (1969)
"Dirkie" (original title)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  May 1975 (USA)
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After a plane crash a young boy and his dog wander through the Kalahari desert.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Wynand Uys ...
Dirkie DeVries (as Dirkie Hayes)
Jamie Uys ...
Anton DeVries (as Jamie Hayes)
Lady Frolic of Belvedale ...
Lolly
Wilhelm Esterhuizen ...
Smitty
Sue Burman ...
Joan
Jan Bruyns ...
Colonel (as Jan Bruijns)
Pieter Hauptfleisch ...
Uncle Pete
Johan du Plooy ...
Jack
Bill Brewer ...
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Jacques Loots ...
Doctor (as Jaques Loots)
Heinrich Marnitz ...
Hoffman
Eugene Erasmus ...
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Filmed in the most dangerous wastelands, the Kalahari Desert, "Lost in the Desert" is a story of suspense, conflict and incredible human courage as an 8-year-old boy and his dog are left to face this vast wasteland alone after an airplane crash, while an army of men and machines penetrate the desert searching for them. The film is based on true events and is sure to hold you spellbound! Written by Anonymous

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Few have ever entered the deadly, mysterious Kalahari, and lived to reveal its secrets! See more »


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Apart from the practical difficulties associated with filming a movie in the desert, what made Dirkie even more of a feat was that it was filmed twice, once in Afrikaans and once in English. See more »

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Remade as Papam Pasivaadu (1972) See more »

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Wait for Tomorrow
Written by Jimmy Stewart, Doug Ashdown and Eric Gross
Performed by Edwin Duff
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Enduring forgotten classic
9 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a double bill with 'The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad' back in 1974, with my father when I was growing up in Sutton Surrey. As an 8 year old it had an enduring impact on me. I then remember seeing it again in 1980 one Monday afternoon on TV - which confirms it was broadcast on British television at least once. I'm still searching for a copy on DVD which I believe is available now after all these years. It's a shame that this film of a boys survival & a fathers determination to find him has been largely forgotten now. It was powerful as a children's film, but certainly rises above a lot of the pointless movies made for children these days. I'm looking forward to finding a copy very soon. Regards


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