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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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Only two men could rescue her. One driven by love, the other by revenge. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashanti, Land of No Mercy See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Omar Sharif was cast in this movie, based on his well-known screen persona in Sir David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Sharif was originally going to play the Lawrence of Arabia (1962)-type role of desert-guide Malik (Kabir Bedi), but had to bow out. Instead, Sharif played the smaller role of Prince Hassan. 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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Watchable Enough Though It's Easy To See That Caine Dislikes It
23 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

ASHANTI is a somewhat typical movie from the late 70s/early 80s starring Michael Caine . It's certainly watchable in an undemanding way but no more than that but neither is it bad enough to be virtually disowned by its star .

The story itself is intriguing an Afro-American doctor working for the UN is kidnapped by slave traders and it's up to her English born husband to track down the kidnapped woman . I guess the movie could have concerned itself more as to dispelling or building myths about the present day slave trade but it's not that type of movie and rightly concentrates on action and adventure

One can't help thinking that maybe Caine's dislike of the movie is down to the fact that he's playing a hero and as everyone knows heroes are by their very nature boring . Undoubtedly Malik played by Indian actor Kabir Bedi is the most interesting character while Peter Ustinov as Sulimen gets by far the best lines and scenes like " A father , a father , a father " . Very frequently Caine gives the impression that as soon as the movie is finished and the cheque is in the bank he'll be firing his agent

ASHANTI is a movie that demands very little from and offers little to its audience except to sit back and be enthralled . Film buffs might complain that this is a poor movie considering it was directed by the legendary Richard Fleischer , well maybe but I think the only thing the director can be criticised for is casting an obviously unwell William Holden in a needless cameo


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