Escape From Zahrain
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The plot revolves around a varied group trying to escape across the desert to
saftey in an ambulance while being pursued. The country is supposed to be
Saudi Arabia (?) but was filmed in the Mojave near Barstow, CA.
Good cast: Yul Brenner, Sal Mineo. & Jack Warden. Good drama/action movie.
I am so glad this movie is going to be released on DVD, because I can't wait to watch it again.
Although it's Grade B (and cartoony) in comparison to the way more popular and sophisticated desert film "Lawrence of Arabia" (also from '62), "Escape to Zahrain" is actually more compelling, which is different than saying it's better, it's not. It's just more immediately satisfying. Two other survival-in-the-desert films that "Zahrain" brings to mind are "Flight of the Phoenix" and "Sands of the Kalahari", both released in 1965. If you like those two films, you'll definitely like this one. As great as they are "Zahrain" is as good or better.
There's some serious action at the beginning and end of the film, but the heart of the picture is the long trek through the desert and the interplay of the characters. Sheriff (Brynner) and Ahmed (Mineo) have had it with the corrupt officials of Zahrain who rape the land with the technology of the Americans but then greedily keep the cash for their own filthy rich lifestyles; meanwhile the citizenry wallows in poverty and ignorance. The nurse (Madlyn) was educated in Europe and doesn't understand the reckless passion of the revolutionaries. She's against them because she's nursed the wounded & dying followers of Sheriff, mostly youths.Read more ›
With no food, very little water and barely enough gas to reach safety across the border with a neighboring friendly nation, the hapless adventurers, thrown together by a cruel twist of fate, start their arduous journey mistrusting and even hating each other. They must contend with more than the desert, as the forces of the evil Zahrainian ruler pursue them by air and ground over some of the roughest, most desolate yet photogenic terrain ever seen on film. The credits don't say where "Escape from Zahrain" was filmed, but the parched, rugged, rocky desert and mountain landscapes are simply stunning. As best I can tell, the Dodge actually does what it appears to be doing--ascending and descending steep slopes, almost tipping over sideways, creeping along the crests of mountain ridges, threading its way around massive boulders, crossing baked salt flats, and so on. None of its maneuvers are special effects. There's one scene where the film rate seems speeded up a little, but that's it. The rest is real, and it's amazing. Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts should love this film.Read more ›
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A good movie but not great. The ending of the movie was predictable. I would recommend for viewing. Yul B. Read morePublished 7 months ago by pc
Yul Brynner one of the select few actors of the international genre that could capture any audience with his masculine/quiet mannerism and style...Published 8 months ago by BertW
It's amazing that there was a time when you could make a film which was one third about a truck going up a hill. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John A. Bailo
Good performances by Yul Brynner, James Mason, Sal Mineo and Jack Warden. However, 90 minutes of sand and desert were very tiring. Read morePublished 11 months ago by George