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

 -  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 overview:
Wynand Uys ...
Dirkie (as Dirkie Hayes)
Jamie Uys ...
Anton (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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The most amazing adventure a boy ever lived through! See more »


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Adventure in the Red Desert  »

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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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Minor, but never forgotten
2 February 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Like others I saw Lost in the Desert as a child. It was the second feature, but the main film is long forgotten. I also remember many scenes very vividly though it must be nearly 30 years since I saw them: the snake, the father dropping flyers, cooking the eggs on a rock, and the bushmen cooking the dog, or so he thinks.

As a dreamy kid who longed to escape from my life (join the club), it was an exciting and terrifying film.

By a weird coincidence I just did an interview for a radio station in Johannesburg in which I mentioned how few South African films I had had the chance to see. I had no idea until now that Lost in The Desert was South African. I would love to see it again, and show it to my nephews who are 4 and 8.


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