Legend of the Lost - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Legend of the Lost Reviews

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November 14, 2016
looking for treasure
December 10, 2014
Wow! This movie moves more slowly and ponderously than any of "The Hobbit" movies. And, THAT'S saying something! Sophia Loren is incredible to look at, but that's the one and only attraction in this missed opportunity of a film.
½ May 13, 2014
if you love watching three sweaty people walk across a desert for three hours you are going to love this film, nothing else really happens
February 1, 2014
Filmed in beautiful Libya this movie is sexy. Wayne and Loren are the best I have ever seen them. The writing is excellent.
May 9, 2013
Wayne, Loren, and Brazzi; Lost in the Desert--Searching the Sahara for buried treasure!!
April 24, 2013
The acting by all three leads is truly exceptional---unfortunately, the sets are too often terrible, and the story stretches credulity to the breaking point......It's too bad Wayne and Loren didn't star in any other films----their chemistry was great......
March 30, 2013
Better with age, mine and the movie
½ March 30, 2013
At the hospital watching this great movie in high definition!
½ August 19, 2012
This is not a bad movie, but it is rather boring and it is not great either.
August 18, 2012
Interesting change of pace for The Duke with him playing a cowboy in the Sahara. There's also some gorgeous photography, but it's too bad the story is so dreadfully dull.
July 22, 2012
My favorite part was when John Wayne said no firewood was available while they were surrounded by trees. That and Sophia Loren, although I liked her better in Man of La Mancha. And where did all that water come from that they used to wash the bat guano off their treasure? hmmm, but it was a good movie nonetheless. No Lawrence of Arabia, but I enjoyed it.
March 23, 2012
A very unique film, especially for John Wayne, but it just wasn't anything special.
½ January 5, 2012
Fun film. Excellent visual study of lighting (Cinematographer Jack Cardiff). Wayn is great. Loren is beautiful. I always enjoy Brazzi's performances.
½ January 2, 2012
Legend of the Lost is a disappointing film. It is about an American ne'er-do-well who is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure. John Wayne and Sophia Loren had no chemistry together. The script is boring and predictable. Henry Hathaway failed to overcome the challenges of casting and the script while directing this movie. I was dissatisfied after watching this motion picture because I'm a fan of both Wayne and Loren. I would not recommend seeing this film.
January 1, 2012
A very unique film, especially for John Wayne, but it just wasn't anything special.
October 9, 2011
This now-forgotten movie is pretty entertaining movie, though the story is hard to believe and there is no real chemistry between the actors, specially John Wayne and Sophia Loren. Worth-watching at least for the magnificent scenery.
½ February 24, 2011
a classic adventure movie with loren & wayne
February 9, 2011
1980ish film-goers likely thought films about "adventuring for the treasures of lost civilizations" - films such as Harrison Ford's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and Richard Chamberlain's "King Solomon's Mines"- represented some kind of brand new genre of action flick. But this film clearly proves otherwise.

Wayne's home base is Timbuktu and, for someone whose hip-swagger is obviously not the least bit Arabian, he's pretty durn experienced in guiding the adventurous across the vast sands of the Sahara. Strapped for cash, Wayne signs up to lead a rich man (Rossano Brazzi) on desert caravan. Brazzi wants to follow his dead father's map to lost treasure - perhaps the treasure of King Solomon himself - lost within the lost city of Ophir. "Gold, silver, ivory, gems ... rubies the size of eggs, emeralds as big as hands." But it's really the lost love and respect of his father for which Brazzi searches, far more than riches. Wayne, always the pragmatist, reminds Brazzi that "the desert is filled with bones that went looking for lost treasure." Also sparkling like jewels are the eyes of love interest Sophia Loren, a working gal craving the kind of redemption that an idealistic dreamer such as Brazzi can provide her.

This trio (and the viewer), properly set-up, saddle up and ride out into the dusty abyss. Though, for reasons known only to the film's producer, they saddle up on donkeys instead of camels.

Technicolor and Technirama (2.35:1; a brief competitor to CinemaScope). Meaning appropriately wide viewing of the film's many scenic panoramas, and with high-quality color that has endured. Such panoramas and cinematography don't invoke "Lawrence of Arabia" by any means, but they're still reasonably satisfying.

Unlike the aforementioned 1980s films, this one's not the stuff of hyper-fast action. It's more akin to a hunt for the gold in a mid-Century Western, re-set into this exotic locale. Instead of Comanches possibly looming over the next ridge-top, the viewer gets Tuaregs possibly looming over the next sand dune.

RECOMMENDATION: Sure, you already know what's waiting for all three at trail's end, but not what's waiting for them at the next oasis. Plus bonus points for an out-of-the-box Wayne & Loren match-up a-sizzling aside a camel-chip campfire. Cha-ching !

TRIVIA: Films such as these rightfully belong to a genre called "lost world," first defined over a hundred years ago, when places such as Troy, the Valley of the Kings and lost African cities were just being rediscovered by Western civilization. And the founding of that genre, surprisingly, is based on an 1885 work of fiction titled "King Solomon's Mines" telling of adventurer Allan Quatermain, that character based upon true British adventurer Frederick Selous.
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