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Sahara (1983)

PG | | Adventure, Drama | 2 March 1984 (USA)
After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Menahem Golan (story), James R. Silke
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brooke Shields ... Dale
Lambert Wilson ... Jaffar
Horst Buchholz ... Von Glessing
John Rhys-Davies ... Rasoul
Ronald Lacey ... Beg
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... String
Perry Lang ... Andy
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira ... Mayor (as Yaacov Ben-Sira)
John Mills ... Cambridge
Tuvia Tavi Tuvia Tavi ... Bertocelli
Steve Forrest ... Gordon
Terrence Hardiman ... Browne
Shahar Cohen Shahar Cohen ... Abu
Zehava Twena Zehava Twena ... Yasmin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabi Amrani ... Omar
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Storyline

After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

She challenged the desert, its men, their passions and ignited a bold adventure.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сахара See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$550,848, 4 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,402,962
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was described as Menahem Golan's attempt to make Lawrence of Arabia (1962), with The Blue Lagoon (1980), and The Great Race (1965) thrown in. See more »

Goofs

Twice in the opening sequence, Dale (Brooke Shields) slides off the race course on a corner, and the wide view shows her race car hitting a hay bale barricade, but both times in a close-up shot inserted between the long views, her car hits a barricade made of tires. See more »


Soundtracks

Ragtime Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Scott Joplin
Lyrics by Alex Masters
Performed by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
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Overall pretty bad, but not without any merits
3 August 2012 | by GSeditorSee all my reviews

OK, I am a big Brooke Shields fan (that's why I have bought a DVD of this movie), but, honestly, I can understand why she was nominated for a Razzie award for this one... But it's not only the unfortunate Brooke, (except for C. Lambert, who plays the Arabic sheik in love with Brooke's character) the acting is uniformly bad in this movie. The parts where there are attempts at "humour" are the worst parts. The parts where there are attempts at drama come a close second worst. Or maybe the parts where there are attempts at romance. Nevertheless, the movie picks up some strength towards the end. The tribal battle scene is very good and the scene where Brooke is placed in a pit with black panthers and leopards is marvelous. For a western-made movie set in the Orient, I also liked the idea that the male protagonist was a non-westerner: you don't have a heroic white guy saving the white damsel in distress. Brooke's character is not the typical weakling damsel in distress either, she is a strong character herself.


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