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Sahara Cross (1977)

Jean Bellard and Carl Mank, two Western engineers supported by Hamid are in search of a terrorist group that murdered their colleague in the Tunisian desert.

Director:

Tonino Valerii

Writers:

Adriano Belli (story and screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Jean Ballard
Michel Constantin ... Carl Mank
Pamela Villoresi Pamela Villoresi ... Nicole
Mauro Barabani Mauro Barabani
Emilio Locurcio Emilio Locurcio
Luciano Bartoli
Luca Biagini
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston
Giorgio Del Bene Giorgio Del Bene
Antonio Ferrante Antonio Ferrante
Pietro Valsecchi Pietro Valsecchi ... Arabian terrorist
Antonio Cantafora ... (as Michael Coby)
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Jean Bellard and Carl Mank, two Western engineers supported by Hamid are in search of a terrorist group that murdered their colleague in the Tunisian desert.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Det brutala gänget See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinevera See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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SAHARA CROSS (Tonino Valerii, 1977) **1/2
3 January 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this one prior to happening upon its German DVD at a local rental outlet; it deals with three characters (and their African guide) who, after meeting up in the Sahara desert for a mystery job, become involved with a group of terrorists. The situation sees the two sides constantly double-crossing one another to gain the upper hand – the title (which is also how the film's called on its home ground), then, refers to their lengthy trek over a period of scorching days and freezing nights (via numerous means of transportation).

Though not a great "Euro-Cult" effort, SAHARA CROSS is a reasonably entertaining ride (co-written by the ubiquitous Ernesto Gastaldi and with a twist ending that makes of the film a sort of lighthearted RABID DOGS [1974]!). It's rendered all the more tolerable by the exotic location work, a cast that includes Franco Nero (his undeniable star quality takes some time to emerge here but, once it does, he invests his role with a typical blend of irony and machismo – conveniently, one of the terrorists is a good-looking girl!), Michel Constantin and Michael Coby, and a pounding score from Riz Ortolani.

Director Valerii maintains a good rhythm throughout between action, politics and suspense. This is the sixth film of his that I've watched, following four Spaghetti Westerns – DAY OF ANGER (1967), THE PRICE OF POWER (1969), A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE (1972) and MY NAME IS NOBODY (1973) – and the semi-poliziottesco VAI GORILLA (1975); one I've missed out on in the past and would love to catch is the giallo MY DEAR KILLER (1972).


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