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Kerim, Son of the Sheik (1962)

Il figlio dello sceicco (original title)
In the Middle East, circa 1860s, the evil Omar seeks to become Khadive by killing off his adversaries and by marrying the reluctant Fawzia, favorite niece of the current Khadive. (After ... See full summary »


Mario Costa


Nino Stresa (screenplay), Nino Stresa (story)




Cast overview:
Gordon Scott ... Kerim
Cristina Gaioni ... Fawzia (as Cristina Gajoni)
Moira Orfei ... Zahira
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Omar
Jany Clair Jany Clair ... Imprisoned woman
Maria Grazia Spina Maria Grazia Spina ... Laila (as Grazia Maria Spina)
Nando Tamberlani Nando Tamberlani ... Mansur
Luciano Benetti Luciano Benetti ... Principe Ahmed
Gordon Mitchell ... Yussuf
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Akim
Lulla Selli Lulla Selli ... Selima


In the Middle East, circa 1860s, the evil Omar seeks to become Khadive by killing off his adversaries and by marrying the reluctant Fawzia, favorite niece of the current Khadive. (After marrying Fawzia, he plans to eliminate her so he can then marry his own choice, the ruthless Zahira.) Omar's brutal policies result in the death of a young woman named Laila. Laila's brother, Kerim, then becomes Omar's sworn enemy. Now known as "the Black Shiek," Kerim becomes a Robin Hood of the desert, rallying various tribes in a revolt against Omar. In the process Kerim meets and falls in love with Fawzia who eventually comes to share his feelings. In disguise, Kerim infiltrates Omar's headquarters but is discovered, imprisoned -- along with Fawzia and her father, Mansur -- and flogged. A sympathetic slave girl named Selima rides and informs Prince Ahmed who comes to Kerim's rescue. In a hand-to-hand duel, Kerim kills Omar. Then Kerim and Fawzia ride off together into the desert. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Release Date:

29 June 1962 (Italy) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gordon agreed to film Kerim with Italian actors & crew in Egypt he was also set to appear in an Egyptian version of the same film, the Italian or European cast and part of the crew replaced with an Egyptian cast of actors while Gordon remained and re-shot the same scenes with the second set of actors. See more »


Though Gordon Scott receives at least 18 lashes while being flogged in the dungeon, his back only shows a few bloodless welts which never increase in number. See more »


Omar: [while supervising Kerim's flogging] Well now, speak. Where are those arms?
Kerim: Haven't I convinced you yet? I'm not going to tell you. Why don't you go find them yourself?
Omar: I'd expected you to say that. Whip harder!
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obscure Desert peplum with Gordon Scott, worth finding for fans of genre or star
14 November 2004 | by django-1See all my reviews

Emir Omar (who looks like Alan Steel) is a brutal thug of a leader--stealing any young lady he finds attractive, shaking down local tribes and killing anyone who dares resist, etc. We see about ten-fifteen minutes of his barbarism when Gordon Scott--Kerim, son of the ruler of a small tribe threatened by the Emir AND someone whose sister was captured and killed by him--arrives on the scene to take on the evil Emir and unite the various tribes who have been crushed under his iron heel. Gordon Scott might not be the first actor who comes to mind when casting a middle-eastern role, but he does fine (in full beard) in the role. At first, he wears a full costume and head-dress, but he gradually wears less and less until he is bare-chested, and one remembers why this former Tarzan and peplum star was so popular at the time. Scott, who resembles his friend Steve Reeves in this film, was able to work well in a number of genres--jungle, peplum, costume adventure, western, and spy--and he has the charisma to carry a film on his own. There's a lot of attractive second-unit photography from Egypt, although since the Tigris River is mentioned, one presumes this is set in southern Iraq or Syria. The photography is quite colorful and the set design, while low budget, is complements the color scheme of the landscape. Gordon Mitchell is billed, but he's not much in evidence. I'm guessing that he is playing a mercenary leader who is hired by the Emir to get Scott and his followers, but that character's face is mostly hidden under a scarf and not much face is shown...and in any event the character's role is about four minutes long. It could be Mitchell--I'm not sure (I saw this on a small-screen TV, which didn't help). As a devoted fan of Italian sword and sandal cinema, I found this obscure film to be a pleasant surprise and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre. KERIM--SON OF THE SHEIK is certainly "above average," and it's always nice to see Gordon Scott again. Good luck in finding a copy!

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