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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 »

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (screenplay), Vicente Escrivá (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Harmon ... Gacel Sayah
Luis Prendes ... Abdul El Kabir
Ritza Brown 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)
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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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Adventure | Action

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Warrior See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gacel Sayah: A stone is the toughest of all desert plants.
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Interesting effort from Castellari
6 January 2007 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

NCIS's Mark Harmon headlines in this intriguing action outing brought to us by the prolific and ever dependable Enzo G. Castellari.

The story concerns a noble Tuareg chieftain who wages a one man war against an entire military force after they take prisoner a man who he had previously taken in as a guest (the said individual being traditionally also under the Tuareg's protection) As it happens, the seized man actually turns out to be the former leader of the country who has been illegally overthrown and who the people wish to return to power.

Well first off, I must say that it is admittedly very refreshing to see an Arabic hero in a Western film and the concerted attempt by the film makers to portray the cultural differences between the said protagonist and his enemy. Our hero is shown as a man of true honour, proud of his culture and steadfast to its traditions and yet blissfully ignorant of political developments immediately outside of his domain. Certainly this fact is best illustrated during the films surprising climax (which I won't spoil here!)

Unfortunately, it has to be said that as an action film this doesn't quite deliver enough of the requisite goods although I must concede that what action there is is very well handled, especially in one admittedly awesome sequence wherein our hero wipes out an entire garrison in a particularly explosive manner.

Final verdict: Certainly worth viewing but make no mistake, this is not the all out action extravaganza that many reviewers on the internet taut it to be.


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