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Escape From Zahrain

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A Mideast rebel, a student radical, a U.S. convict and a Moslem woman are chased across the desert in a truck.

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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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JH0BW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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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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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Question: What can a 1962 movie about a motley group of ragtag misfits, cooped up for much of its 93-minute run time in a stolen, decrepit Dodge military ambulance, possibly have to offer? Answer: Plenty! "Escape from Zahrain" tosses a fugitive Arab freedom fighter (Yul Brynner), an idealistic but volatile student (Sal Mineo), a world-weary American embezzler (Jack Weston), a sadistic maniac (Anthony Caruso) and a gorgeous nurse (Madlyn Rhue) into the aforementioned vehicle and pits them against the trackless Zahrainian desert--and each other. It's a made-up country, of course, but you could easily substitute the name of one of several real Middle Eastern nations and you'd get the point.

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.
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