Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) (1981)


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Libyan leader Moummar Quaddafi financed this desert epic about a Libyan hero who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the encroaching Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the Italian dictator Mussolini (Rod Steiger). With the persistence of Mukhtar, the Libyans, battling the tanks and guns of the Italian … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 1998
Anchor Bay Entertainment


as Omar Mukhtar

as Gen. Rodolfo Grazian...

as Benito Mussolini

as Sharif El Gariani

as Mabrouka

as Diodiece

as Maj. Tomelli

as Bu-Matari

as Lt. Sandrini

as Al-Fadeel

as Salem

as Capt. Biagi

as Field Marshal

as Prince Amadeo

as Gen. Graziani's Aide

as Infantry Corporal

as Col. Sarsani

as President of Court
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Critic Reviews for Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's one of the best anti-colonial Hollywood film ever (almost on a par with the Battle of Algiers).

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An anti-colonial work that resonates with the struggle in Iraq today.

Full Review… | November 18, 2006

A grand epic adventure that'll stand as a highpoint in the producing career of Moustapha Akkad

March 18, 2006
Film Threat

Lion of the Desert portrays a heroic figure who understands and exemplifies the spiritual dimensions of freedom.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

November 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)

Underrated epic war movie on the end of Libya's resistance to Italy. Everything works and best of all the history is not even that far off. Oliver Reed makes for a great villain, combing charisma with a ruthless drive. The part where the tanks run people over is gruesome and horrifying.

a good movie..Moustapha Akkad is the only one who presented "our" religion and culture to the world,how sad and ironic that he was killed coz of those who call themselves '"Islamists"

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