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 army with their Bedouin troops on horseback, managed to hold off y the Italians for twenty years, until Mukhtar was finally captured and executed. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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

Jul 18, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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

Nov 18, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Mar 18, 2006

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

Jan 31, 2004 | Full Review…

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