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Zarak (1956)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Romance | January 1957 (USA)
An Afghan Outlaw finally saves a British Officer at the cost of his own life.

Director:

Terence Young

Writer:

Richard Maibaum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Zarak Khan
Michael Wilding ... Maj. Michael Ingram
Anita Ekberg ... Salma
Bonar Colleano ... Biri - Zarak's Brother
Eunice Gayson ... Cathy Ingram
Finlay Currie ... The Mullah
Peter Illing ... Ahmad
Bernard Miles ... Hassu the one-eyed
Eddie Byrne ... Kasim - Zarak's Brother
Patrick McGoohan ... Moor Larkin
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Haji Khan - Zarak's Father
André Morell ... Maj. Atherton
Harold Goodwin ... Sgt. Higgins
Alec Mango ... Akbar - Merchant
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Youssuff
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Storyline

On the mountainous frontier between British India and Afghanistan, circa 1860s, Zarak Khan kisses Salma, the youngest wife of his father, Haji Khan. Outraged, his father orders Zarak to be flogged to death but spares his life at the urging of an elderly Mullah. Zarak now leaves his village and becomes a notorious outlaw, prompting the British to assign a Major Ingram to capture him. Zarak and Ingram have several encounters, developing a grudging respect for each other. When Ingram is captured by Ahmad, one of Zarak's rivals, Zarak risks his life to save the British officer. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Pillage! Plunder! Passion! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zarak See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Frederick Valk. See more »

Quotes

Haji Khan: [speaking of his eldest son, Zarak] He has betrayed me. Brings shame on my name and to the family.
The Mullah: So much shame that you beat him in front of women?
Haji Khan: So much.
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Connections

Featured in The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Climb Up the Wall
Music by Auyar Hosseini
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Yana
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when issued on DVD?
7 October 2004 | by gerardherz-1See all my reviews

although I was just a teenager when I saw Zarak, I remember very fondly this excellent film, notably the unbelievable Anita Ekberg's dance, certainly one of the most thrilling piece of eroticism of all British films. Director Terence Young was certainly a master of blending sex appeal with action as testified by his latter films (Safari, Dr No...) Ms Ekberg who certainly is the main attraction of the film is not the only one: Victor Mature as Zarak, an afghan rebel (!) is excellent as usual and the British officers are stiff to the point that they look only at Mature and not at Anita Ekberg. Can you believe it? What is amazing me is how such a cult film which has strong fans all over the world lay unissued and can't be seen anymore. When someone somewhere will at last publish this little gem on DVD?


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