Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) Reviews

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October 15, 2009
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.
June 13, 2008
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"
½ September 21, 2015
Lion of the Desert possesses several problems that generally prove to be staples of historical epics (thinly-drawn characters, overwhelmingly bloated length, well-trod narrative dynamic focusing on a rebellion and an evil empire), and makes several ethical missteps by casting white actors to play Libyan historical icons. That being said, there are poignant moments, such as the intercutting of actual footage of Libyan concentration camps and the several excellently staged battle sequences. Flawed as it may be (there's no excuse for its nearly four hour running time), Lion of the Desert still effectively deconstructs the effects of Italian fascism and powerfully condemns western imperialism; these are enough to make it a success.
August 27, 2015
One of the great war/biography movies of our time. Perfect authentic picture with detailed weapons, equipment and military/local costumes of early 20th century. Perfect film/sound editing and great special effects with thousands of stunts at war scenes. Emotional Music by Maurice Jarre enriches the dramatic scenes of people's sufferings during war. Stunning performance by Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas, Raf Vallone, Rod Steiger, John Gielgud, Gastone Moschin, Stefano Patrizi, Adolfo Lastretti, Sky du Mont and the great courageous youth characters of Rodolfo Bigotti and Eleonora Stathopoulou.
February 27, 2013
This film is made on a grand scale to make it a true epic. Omar Mukthtar's few months of life before his death in the battle is shown in this film. He is a Libyan hero who fights the Italian invasion with his army. He makes the heavily armed Italians flee with his brain and power. He like all men are cheated and towards the end the viewer recognizes with grief that Omar will be slain.
August 4, 2012
A beautiful sad story of one of the greatest heroes of the past century!
September 18, 2011
Hats off to Omar Mukhtar for such a brilliant rebellion,also to Moustapha Akkad so sad he got killed.
September 5, 2011
Masterpiece!!! hats off to Omar Mukthakar for such a brilliant rebellion! Highly recommended.
August 5, 2011
its such a grea8 movie.i like very much
May 27, 2011
A powerful film about the fight for freedom
½ March 27, 2011
the LION of the desert......who fought for Libya's freedom
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