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Caravans (1978)

In 1948, at the U.S. embassy in Zadestan, a young diplomat is ordered to find the missing daughter of an influential American senator.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zulffiqar
... Mark Miller
... Sardar Khan
... Ellen Jasper
... Crandall
... Nazrullah
... Richardson
... Dr. Smythe
Duncan Quinn ... Moheb
Behrouz Gramian ... Peasant Boy (as Behrooz Gueramian)
... Shakkur
Parviz Gharib-Afshar ... Nur Mohammad
Fahimeh Amouzandeh ... Mira
Mohammad Taghi Kahnemoui ... Maftoon (as Mohammad Taghi Kahnemout)
Khosrow Tabatabai ... Dancing Boy
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The story happens in 1948, in a fictional country, called Zakharstan (in the novel "Caravans" is probably Afghanistan). Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) is a young U.S. Embassy employee who is responsible to follow Ellen Jasper (Jennifer O'Neill), the daughter of Senator Jasper, who later has married Colonel Nazrullah (Behrouz Vossoughi) and disappeared. During the investigation, Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) realizes that Ellen Jasper (Jennifer O'Neill) has escaped from her husband, Colonel Nazrullah (Behrouz Vossoughi), living among a tribe whose leader is Zulffiqar (Anthony Quinn). He will fail to convince her to be reunited with his father. But, Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) has realized that the leader of tribe is an outlaw who resists against the government's proposals for a permanent settlement of his tribe and also with cooperation of another rebel man, Shakkur (Mohamad Ali Keshavarz), are engaged to Russian arms trafficking ... Written by Persian Star

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The Power, the Sweep, the Spectacle of James Michener's Epic Desert Adventure!


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2 November 1978 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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The picture was shot entirely in Iran including locations near the Iran-Afghanistan border. See more »

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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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Watched it being filmed
18 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I actually watched this movie being filmed while living in Isfahan, Iran in the last 1970s. My father worked for an American company, and I was in high school---there were actually 10,000 Americans living in Isfahan, (including families with children) before the revolution got underway and the evacuations of non-essential personnel started.

I haven't seen the movie since the time it first came out, but I do remember that (a) the score was quite good (b) although the plot of the original Michener novel dealt with Afghanistan, and although the adaptation may have put the "location" of the action near the Pakistani border, the filming of exterior sequences took place within an hour's drive of Isfahan, VERY far from the Pakistani border.


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