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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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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

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Cinevera See more »
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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Tedious and Disappointing For Valerii/Gastaldi/Nero
23 September 2011 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

A movie directed by the great Tonino Valerii, scripted by the great Ernesto Gastaldi and starring the great Franco Nero raises high expectations. In the case of SAHARA CROSS (1978), I regret to say that mine were not nearly met. Director Valerii is best known for his Westerns including I GIORNI DELL'IRA (DAY OF ANGER, 1967), IL PREZZO DEL POTERE (THE PRICE OF POWER, 1968) and, especially IL MIO NOME E NESSUNO (MY NAME IS NOBODY, 1973). His filmography also includes great contributions to other genres, such as the fantastic Giallo MIO CARO ASSASSINO (MY DEAR KILLER, 1972). Ernesto Gastaldi is one of Italy's most prolific screenwriters, his oeuvre including such masterpieces as Sergio Martino's Gialli or Umberto Lenzi's brilliantly brutal Poliziottesco MILANO ODIA: LA POLIZIA NON PUÒ SPARARE (1973). And Franco "Django" Nero is one of the most widely respected Italian actors, for very good reasons. With such a great director/screenwriter/star team, it is even more disappointing that the monotonous Action/Adventure SAHARA CROSS is such a bore.

Nero plays the leader of a bunch of mercenaries who help with the investigation of oil in the Sahara Desert. When one of them is killed in an attack by a bunch of terrorists, the group decide to follow the evildoers and avenge their friend... which results in a very tiresome hunt.

Overall, SAHARA CROSS is far too slow-paced and, in some parts, actually boring. None of the characters are likable, nor are they selfish or ruthless enough to be interesting for that. There is far too little gore and violence (even though there is some), and no sleaze or nudity (one sex-scene takes place off-screen. For a movie with a rather uninteresting plot, this is not much. The score by Riz Ortolani is great as all his works, and Franco Nero is cool as always, but that's pretty much everything there is to recommend SAHARA CROSS. Not necessarily a bad film, but doubtlessly disappointing considering the talent involved in it, and actually quite tedious at times. Not recommended.


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