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Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 23 May 1962 (USA)
A hunted revolutionary leads a rag tag group of individuals through the desert in an attempt to elude the security forces and escape the fictitious Arab country of Zahrain.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Michael Barrett (novel), Robin Estridge (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Yul Brynner ... Sharif
Sal Mineo ... Ahmed
Jack Warden ... Huston
Madlyn Rhue ... Laila
Anthony Caruso ... Tahar
Leonard Strong ... Ambulance Driver
Jay Novello ... Hassan
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During the 1960s, in a fictitious strife-ridden Arab nation, captured revolutionary nationalist leader Sharif is being transported to a prison for execution. The police van transporting him to the prison is attacked by Sharif's fanatical followers. Ahmed, the leader of the students' revolt frees Sharif along with three other prisoners. Among them is Huston, an American who has embezzled money from the Zahrain Oil Company. The fugitives capture an ambulance and its nurse, Laila. They flee from the city toward the border but during their trek across the desert, the convict Hassan is killed in a police ambush. A romance starts between Ahmed, the student leader and Laila, the ambulance nurse. Unfortunately, Ahmed is later killed by a government strafing fighter plane. Later, Tahar, another convict, is also killed.The three lone survivors are Laila, Sharif and Huston. Will they reach their destination? Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flucht aus Zahrain See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was originally intended as a starring vehicle for Clark Gable, but he died while it was in development. Edward Dmytryk would have directed. See more »

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Laila
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Written by Phil Boutelje and Sadik Amir Adeli
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Not a bad "fugitives in desert" film
15 February 2007 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

Not at all a bad film, reminiscent of "Ice Cold in Alex", in that an ambulance and its occupants have to make a perilous journey across inhospitable terrain. At first the colour seemed a bit garish, but I was interested to see that outdoor filming was in the Mojave Desert, which was a very convincing substitute for the Middle Eastern country of "Zahrein". Madlyn Rhue seemed a bit insipid as the nurse, and James Mason stole the short scene he was in (which contributed nothing to the plot, save to allow Jack Warden to steal his whisky, the consumption of which did add something later on).

Quite why the treacherous Anthony Caruso ("Tarah") was tolerated by his fellow fugitives was a bit puzzling. The final action sequence was not convincing, in fact it was contrived.

But overall an enjoyable film to watch.


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