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Tuareg: The Desert Warrior (1984)

Tuareg - Il guerriero del deserto (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Action | 12 March 1984 (USA)
In a desolate section of the Sahara once ruled by the French, two thirsty men stumble into the camp of a Tuareg warrior where they're given water and shelter. Soldiers from the new Arab ... See full summary »


Enzo G. Castellari


Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (screenplay), Vicente Escrivá (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Mark Harmon ... Gacel Sayah
Luis Prendes ... Abdul El Kabir
Ritza Brown ... Gacel's Wife
Paolo Malco ... Capt. Razman
Aldo Sambrell ... Sgt. Malick
Ennio Girolami ... (as Enio Girolami)
Antonio Sabato ... The Captain
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Mubarak - the Bedouin Guide
Claudia Gravy ... Mubarak's Wife (as Claudia Gravi)
Manuel Pereiro
Romano Puppo ... Soldier
Emiliano Redondo ... Prison Warden
Massimo Vanni ... Corporal
José Yepes José Yepes
Mario De Barros Mario De Barros ... Gacel's Tent Guest (as Mario Barros)


In a desolate section of the Sahara once ruled by the French, two thirsty men stumble into the camp of a Tuareg warrior where they're given water and shelter. Soldiers from the new Arab government now arrive by Jeep and demand the two men be turned over to them. The warrior refuses, citing the sacred laws of hospitality. The soldiers shoot dead one of the men and carry off the other -- a political foe of the new government. The warrior mounts his camel and rides off to rescue his kidnapped guest. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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An Italian action film with exotic flavour
8 September 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A mysterious man from a feared Saharan tribe, the Tuareg, makes it his mission to hunt down a group of soldiers responsible for abducting a man his tribe gave shelter to. He uses his highly developed survival skills, honed from life in the harsh desert, to deadly effect.

Italian director Enzo G. Castellari was something of a specialist when it came to action movies. He made several in different popular sub-genres of the day – spaghetti westerns, poliziotteschi, post-apocalypse sci-fi, etc. But with Tuareg - the Desert Warrior he made an action film which was decidedly less derivative than most other Italian actioners. It was unusually set in the Sahara desert, with an Arab warrior as the hero. Having said this, I felt while I was watching it that it definitely played out like a spaghetti western in terms of structure, characters and action. After all, it features a mysterious illusive loner hero with highly developed weapon skills who embarks on a mission to take out nasty villains who have committed criminal acts against powerless civilians and he does this pretty much by himself. There have been a ton of Italian westerns that followed that template, so this one is fairly derivative plot-wise but benefits in distinctiveness from its desert locations and Arabian characters. It's for these reasons primarily that this one gets plus points, as well as a somewhat interesting climax in which the central hero's ignorance of western politics leads to an unexpected climax. Adding some additional class also is a dramatic score from the ever dependable Riz Ortolani. All-in-all, this is not great stuff by any means but it's certainly one of the more individualistic Italian genre flicks from the 80's.

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