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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, James Mason, Madlyn Rhue
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Robin Estridge
  • Producers: Ronald Neame
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JH0BW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Escape From Zahrain" on IMDb

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In a strife-torn Arab state, fanatical loyalists of a nationalist leader (Yul Brynner) attack a police van transporting him to prison and aid his escape into the deadly Arabian Desert. Escaping with him are fellow death row prisoners Huston (Jack Warden), a swashbuckling American who had embezzled a fortune from the Zahrain Oil Company and Tahar (Anthony Caruso), a sadistic maniac. Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause) plays a student who helps the fugitives flee the pursuant police in a stolen ambulance. This vintage adventure yarn features a special cameo appearance by James Mason (North by Northwest). Directed and Produced by Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure).

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on December 11, 2010
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Olive Films continues to unearth important Paramount Pictures titles glossed over when first released but pack a punch in these modern times. 'ESCAPE FROM ZAHRAIN' is an absolute gem of a film and I can't believe as a movie buff all these years it has alluded me up till now. Yul Brynner fresh from 'THE KING & I' plays political leader Sharif who is sprung from a police van on his way to a firing squad by young loyalists led by Sal Mineo. Yul and the other prisoners kidnap an ambulance and head into the Arabian desert with the police in hot pursuit. All the performances are magnificent: Sal Mineo showing his acting talents, Jack Warden in a wiseguy performance as an employee of Zahrain oil who was involved in embezzlement, Anthony Caruso as a slimy psychotic and the underrated Madlyn Rhue as a nurse who becomes emotionally involved in the proceedings. There's also a surprise cameo by the excellent James Mason. Produced and Directed by Ronald Neame who would give us another great adventure yarn a decade later, 'THE POSEIDEN ADVENTURE' keeps the nail biting action flowing relentlessly with beautiful cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks and a rousing music score by Lyn Murray. Kudos to Olive Films once again for finding this great action jewel. Highly recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Seen Them All on September 17, 2010
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I like this movie. It's not an Academy Award winner but nor is it a "stinker".
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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By 72dolphins on October 17, 2010
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I just was looking at a list of Jack Warden movies and I see a great 'sleeper' movie being released on disc that I haven't seen since about 1978 ANYWHERE!!! I don't remember everything about it, BUT I do remember loving the acting ,story and the cast. Yul Brynner is always a joy to watch, Sal Mineo, tragically having his life end too soon, was also a fine actor and maybe my favorite character actor ever in Jack Warden. From his appearance in the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Lonely", to his perfromances in "Brian's Song" as George Halas, the wonderful drama "Tweleve Angry Men", the likeable trainer in "Heaven Can Wait" and the underrated comedy from 1980, " So Fine", he was just a classic actor in every way.
I am so glad this movie is going to be released on DVD, because I can't wait to watch it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wuchak on April 20, 2013
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Released in 1962, "Escape from Zahrain" is a survival-in-the-desert flick that takes place in the fictitious Arabian country of Zahrain. Yul Brynner plays Sheriff, a righteous Arab revolutionary, while Sal Mineo plays his young disciple who sets him free from captivity and certain death. An Arab nurse (Madlyn Rhue), an embezzling oil worker (Jack Warden) and a mad Arab (Anthony Caruso) are also along for the ride. Can they make it to a bordering nation and freedom or will they all perish in the desert?

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sinohey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
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Gather four A-list actors (from the 1950-60s), cobble together an interminable desert chase, throw in a few inexpensive props - a beat-up old ambulance, a fake oasis, exterior shots of an abandoned oil field, a painted backgroung scenery - and weave into a standard tale of heroism and sacrifice with typical characters from central casting; the noble Arab freedom fighter Sharif (Yul Brynner), the starry-eyed "student" (Sal Mineo) who idolizes Sharif; the westernized noble Arab nurse (Madelyn Rhue) who returned to her country to serve her people, the greedy & dishonest American embezzler (Jack Warden) employed by an American oil company that "robs" the Arabs of their oil, as a counter-point to Sharif; and a despicable criminal (Anthony Caruso) who escaped along Sharif and causes difficulties for the group. And to add some gravitas, James Mason makes a cameo appearance as the inevitable Englishman one usually encounters in the desert of the Middle East (a hint to British colonialism etc).
In this ensemble peice of a "small" story, the acting was workman-like but Yul Brynner was wasted on this production.
The film was overshadowed by one the greatest movies of all time, Lawrence of Arabia, released in the same year 1962.
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