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Memed My Hawk (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama | May 1984 (UK)
In 1920s Turkey, young peasant Memed (Simon Dutton) elopes with beautiful Hatche (Leonie Mellinger), who was promised in an arranged marriage to the local potentate Abdi Aga's (Sir Peter Ustinov's) son, and later joins a group of bandits.

Director:

Peter Ustinov

Writers:

Yasar Kemal (novel), Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Abdi Aga
Herbert Lom ... Ali Safa Bey
Denis Quilley ... Rejeb
Michael Elphick ... Jabbar
Simon Dutton ... Memed
Leonie Mellinger Leonie Mellinger ... Hatche
Relja Basic ... Mad Durdu
Edward Burnham ... Naked Man
Ernest Clark ... Hatche's Father
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mother
Walter Gotell ... Sgt. Asim
Michael Gough ... Kerimoglu
Marne Maitland ... Suleyman
Siobhan McKenna ... Iroz
T.P. McKenna ... Dursan
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Storyline

In 1920s Turkey, a young peasant is smitten with a beautiful young girl, who has been promised in marriage to the fat, dullard cousin of the province's powerful and corrupt Governor. When an assassination attempt is made against the official, the young man flees his village and joins up with a group of outlaws fighting against the wealthy and powerful landowners who control the lives of the locals and make life miserable for them. The outlaws' successes prompt the Governor to call in the Turkish Army to capture or kill them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

Yugoslavia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Writer and Director Sir Peter Ustinov once described this movie as follows: "It is a combination of action, intrigue, humor, and young love. It is a satirical look at the strife between the peasants and the landowners of Turkey in the 1920s." See more »

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A MARXIST RARITY
7 January 2019 | by Kavur-596-219507See all my reviews

Based on Nobel nominee Turkish writer, Yashar Kemal's novel, MEMED is a movie with strong Marxist message, alongside movies such as VIVA ZAPATA and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. The movie tells the story of simple village folks in 1930s Anatolia, exploded by a ruthless feudal landlord, Abdicate Agha, played by Peter Ustinov who also wrote the screenplay and directed. The cinematography by Freddie Francis is superb, and the music by Manos Hadjidakis haunting and dramatic as the scripts demands it.

There are great performances by veteran British actors- Eileen Waye, Siobhan McKenna, Dennis Quilley, Walter Gottel and Herbert Lom.

Sadly, the the Turkish government of 1982 refused permission to shoot MEMED in Turkey, and later permission to exhibit was, and remains, denied


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