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Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) (1981)

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Release Date: Apr 17, 1981 Wide

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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Jul 7, 1998

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An anti-colonial work that resonates with the struggle in Iraq today.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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Foreign Titles

  • Omar El-Mokhtar (DE)
  • Omar El-Mokhtar (UK)
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