Lion Of The Desert

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Adventure, War

As a lengthy movie about a heroic Libyan fighting Italian fascism, it's not surprising that LION OF THE DESERT failed miserably at the box office. What is surprising is that it is a quality historical epic a la LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. Starring Anthony Quinn (who costarred in the David Lean film), featuring a score by LAWRENCE composer Maurice Jarre, and filling...read more

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As a lengthy movie about a heroic Libyan fighting Italian fascism, it's not surprising that LION OF THE DESERT failed miserably at the box office. What is surprising is that it is a quality historical epic a la LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. Starring Anthony Quinn (who costarred in the David Lean

film), featuring a score by LAWRENCE composer Maurice Jarre, and filling the screen with just as much sand, LION OF THE DESERT tells the story of Omar Mukhtar (Quinn), a famed Arab hero who fought off the Italian advance of 1929-31. Leading the Italian troops is Gen. Rodolfo Graziani (Oliver

Reed), who is attempting to invade Libya under the orders of Mussolini (Rod Steiger). While technically superior to most contemporary epics, LION OF THE DESERT unfortunately fails to provide the character complexity and directorial flair that made Lean's picture such a success. Directed in 1979 by

Moustapha Akkad (who previously made MOHAMMAD: MESSENGER OF GOD, also with Quinn), the film was funded with a healthy chunk of Libyan leader Colonel Qaddafi's money--a reported $35 million.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: As a lengthy movie about a heroic Libyan fighting Italian fascism, it's not surprising that LION OF THE DESERT failed miserably at the box office. What is surprising is that it is a quality historical epic a la LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. Starring Anthony Quinn (w… (more)

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