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Saladin (1963)

El Naser Salah el Dine (original title)
TV-MA | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1965 (Italy)
Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ... See full summary »


Youssef Chahine


Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Youssef Chahine (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ahmad Mazhar ... Saladin (as Ahmed Mazhar)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohamed Abdel Gawad Mohamed Abdel Gawad ... Crusader Leared
Tawfik El Deken ... Prince of Akka
Umar El-Hariri Umar El-Hariri ... King Philip of France
Ibrahim Emarah Ibrahim Emarah ... Alfadel Judge (as Ibrahim Emara)
Layla Fawzi ... Virginia, Princess of Kerak (as Leila Fawzi)
Hamdy Gheith ... King Richard I (Richard the Lion-Heart)
Mohamed Hamdi Mohamed Hamdi ... Al-Aadel (Saladin's Brother)
Sami Loutfi Sami Loutfi
Ahmed Louxor Ahmed Louxor
Nadia Lutfi ... Louise de Lusignan
Mahmoud Al Meleji
Salah Nazmi Salah Nazmi ... Al-Sarem Leader
Badr Nofal Badr Nofal ... Al Damaski
Husain Reyadh ... Hikari


Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which included his sister. In a short campaign against odds, Jerusalem is taken and almost the entire Middle East is in Muslim hands. Crusade is called again in Europe, and the combined forces of the French king, German emperor, and English king form the 3rd Crusade, under the leadership of Richard the Lionheart of England. Although Accre is taken by the Crusaders, Saladin succeeds in preventing the recapture of Jerusalem, and in the end negotiations between himself and Richard (who Saladin admires as the only honorable leader) leave the Holy Land in Moslem hands. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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An interesting counter to the usual Crusader story....
23 June 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This is a sumptuous telling of the tale of the battle for Jerusalem and of the ensuing 3rd Crusade that pitched Christians and Muslims in a complex battle royal. When Saladin (Ahmad Mazhar) discovers that a convoy of pilgrims - including his sister - has been attacked and slaughtered he reacts by taking the city of Jerusalem thus provoking the European Christian powers France, Austria and Richard "the Lionheart" of England to mount their campaign to recapture this holy site. It is probably worth saying that comparing it with either "King Richard and the Crusaders" (1954) or "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) will not really work - it is told very much from a Saracen perspective and that makes it far more interesting. It has all the colour, the epic battles scenes, the costumes - but it also deals with the honour, chivalry, decency, rivalries and treachery - and, of course, the religious difficulties that prevailed on both sides as the history took shape. It is long - just over three hours - but aside from a short period towards the middle when it sags a bit, and a few occasions in which it becomes just a bit too theatrical, I found that it flew by - it is a really entertaining historical adventure film that hasn't got a word of English in it anywhere....

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1965 (Italy) See more »

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Saladin and the Great Crusades See more »

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Lotus Films See more »
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