5.7/10
241
7 user 4 critic

Timbuktu (1959)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 22 November 1959 (USA)
In 1940 Col. Dufort arrives in Timbuktu with his wife to take over the French garrison. This garrison is threatened by a Tuareg uprising supposedly inspired by Mohamet Adjani -- a holy man ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Tourneur
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Dana Andrews, Dick Foran, Marilee Earle
Adventure | Western | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Digest of 3 "Northwest Passage" (1958) 30-minute episodes: 2 by director George Waggner, and the central episode, 'The Break-Out' (first aired 19 October 1958), by Jacques Tourneur.

Directors: Jacques Tourneur, George Waggner
Stars: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

Directors: Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Steve Reeves, Mylène Demongeot, Sergio Fantoni
Nightfall (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
Fury River (1961)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Directors: Alan Crosland Jr., Otto Lang, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A wealthy American couple are hostages on an arduous jungle journey.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman
Timbuktu (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Mike Conway
Yvonne De Carlo ... Natalie Dufort
George Dolenz ... Colonel Charles Dufort
John Dehner ... Emir Bhaki aka The Lion of the Desert
Marcia Henderson ... Jeanne Marat
Robert Clarke ... Captain Girard
James Foxx James Foxx ... Lt. Victor Marat
Paul Wexler Paul Wexler ... Suleyman
Edit

Storyline

In 1940 Col. Dufort arrives in Timbuktu with his wife to take over the French garrison. This garrison is threatened by a Tuareg uprising supposedly inspired by Mohamet Adjani -- a holy man once regarded as a friend of France. Almost immediately Col. and Mme. Dufort push on to Bou Djebeha in company with an American gunrunner named Mike Conway who soon engages the Colonel's wife in a forbidden romance. At Bou Djebeha Conway learns that the holy man has been kidnapped by an evil Emir who is the true force behind the rebellion. Complications and dangers ensue as Conway and the Colonel try to get the holy man back to Timbuktu so that he can speak out against the rebellion. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The mighty revolt that turned the Sahara red! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prigioniera del Sudan See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene in which a bare-chested Victor Mature is staked out, ready to be tortured and killed by a venomous tarantula, is echoed in Walker, Texas Ranger: The Return of LaRue (1996), in which Chuck Norris is staked out to be tortured by venomous scorpions. See more »

Quotes

Mike Conway: I've got the Holy Man stashed.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Timbuktu is no Casablanca
8 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the poorest areas on the globe yet its very name conjures up exotic places of the past, Timbuktu the city serves as the title for a routine action/adventure film starring Victor Mature. Interesting that it came out when it did as the French were busy grappling with losing their colonial empire of which Timbuktu was a part. At that time it was a part of French West Africa though the name Soudan for the region is used and correctly.

Victor Mature plays a smuggler of no particular loyalties who is doing business with whomever in the region as a new commander of the garrison at Timbuktu comes to take over. George Dolenz is unhappy with being sent out of France during the hour of her greatest peril in 1940, but somebody's needed to keep the Tuareg tribes in line.

Who are threatening a revolt under the leadership of Emir John Dehner and who has a local mullah in Leonard Mudie held captive and under his thumb. Dehner wants to use the mullah's influence to incite a revolt. Sounds very familiar for today's audience.

While all the politics is going on Mature is also checking out Yvonne DeCarlo and who could blame him. However Timbuktu comes nowhere near as good as that other wartime classic with the name of a city set in French colonial Africa, Casablanca. No one will ever mistake Mature and DeCarlo for Bogey and Bergman.

Still the film should please fans of Victor Mature although his work declined after he left 20th Century Fox.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed