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Ashanti (1979)

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Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Stephen Geller (screenplay), Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (novel) (as Alberto Vasquez-Figueroa)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Dr. David Linderby
Peter Ustinov ... Suleiman
Kabir Bedi ... Malik
Beverly Johnson ... Dr. Anansa Linderby
Omar Sharif ... Prince Hassan
Rex Harrison ... Brian Walker
William Holden ... Jim Sandell
Zia Mohyeddin ... Djamil
Winston Ntshona ... Ansok
Tariq Yunus ... Faid
Tyrone Jackson Tyrone Jackson ... Dongaro
Akosua Busia ... The Senoufo Girl
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Marcel
Olu Jacobs Olu Jacobs ... Commissioner Batak
Johnny Sekka ... Captain Bradford
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Storyline

Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

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...slavery today! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashanti See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Beverly Johnson (Dr. Anansa Linderby) was pregnant during the making of this movie. Johnson's daughter is named Anansa Sims, named after Johnson's character in this movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

A copy of the film was given away on DVD by the UK Mail On Sunday newspaper. However this version was considerably edited and missing most of the violent scenes. As the BBFC have never cut the film it appears that this version has come from a pre-cut or TV print. See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Lose the Feeling
(end title song)
Music by Michael Melvoin (uncredited)
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Chambers
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Actors Boredom Transferred To The Audience
8 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If Ashanti had been a serious attempt at a film about the institution of slavery, still prevalent in third world countries the film might have been better received. Instead it turns into a star studded disaster of a movie where the stars came in, said their lines, and picked up their paychecks without much conviction.

Michael Caine and his wife Beverly Johnson work for the United Nations World Health Organization and are busy doing their humanitarian thing in East Africa. Along comes Peter Ustinov who can barely summon enough ham in him to make a go of the part as a Moslem slave dealer. As Johnson is black he grabs her anyway along with a lot of children and a few adults as well.

Of course Caine doesn't take kindly to the kidnapping and the rest of the film is spent in a rescue attempt. The rest of the cast has such folks as William Holden, Rex Harrison, Omar Sharif and Indian film star Kebir Bedi in parts and looking so incredibly bored with the whole thing.

Usually in something like this talented people like those mentioned above will just overact outrageously and feast on a diet of scenery. But Ashanti doesn't even have that going for it.

What an incredible waste of time. The aroma of tax write off is permeating the air.


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