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Product Details

  • Actors: Treat Williams, Stephen Lang, Sasson Gabai, Ze'ev Revach, Lawrence Dane
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Writers: Clyde Burleson, Dan Vining, John McDonald, William Mickelberry
  • Producers: Anne E. Curry, David Franco, Hanan Kotzky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • VHS Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1929732007
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

An American entrepreneur is closing a deal in Saudi Arabia in 1977. After a fallout with his influential Saudi partners, they have him arrested. Due to the US policy of noninterference in SA, the embassy won't help him. He must escape.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hirst on November 21, 2003
Format: DVD
It's a shame this movie has been so overlooked because it was a small project but had some real talent behind it. The people detracting from it on this site didn't care to back up their reviews, but I assume they thought they were getting an action film.
Truth be told, that was what I was expecting years ago when I first saw the movie. I was only 13, and thinking I was about to see an action film when I really wasn't could have eaily bored me silly. But I was pleasantly surprised.
Human Cargo is a thriller about a naive but likeable businessman in a world of corruption where he has no power, and is quickly overwhelmed.
The cultural representation of the Arabs is fair I guess, I did some research and any extreme culture clash moments were a result of the particular men the hero was dealing with. As an american film, it certainly has an American bias, and we feel as lost as McDonald in this strange land. The suspense of the culture bearing down on him is palaptle, the american "haven" that he retreats to it like base in a game of tag. Even if you aren't much for legality, this film will have you with McDonald every step of the way as he gets more and more over his head.
Treat Williams is the man. He's a truly underrated actor and has real screen presence. He has a mature charisma and a great yelling voice.
My only complaint is the gratuitous nudity in the beginning. If it had some reason for being there, or if the rest of the film had some, it might be acceptable, but it is just there, (and not erotic, by the way)
Totally original, filled with suspense, great acting, and a paranoid atmosphere, HUMAN CARGO is a great film
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: DVD
Treat Williams plays a prefab housing engineer who travels to Saudi Arabia in the late 70's to cinch a multi-million dollar deal. But when he arrives he discovers that what he bargained for wasn't actually much of a bargain. His original deal with the Saudi government collapses and he is forced to rely on the good graces of his unreliable but charismatic Arab middle man. As the title implies things don't get much better and Williams and he must try to escape before he ends up under a dune in the desert! This was a indeed a great movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mian Sukiman on December 19, 2001
Format: DVD
Treat Williams is an american contractor who went to Saudi Arabia to sign a contract but was cheated by Saudi Business man and thrown to jail. The rest of the movie tells how Treat Williams struggle to get back to the US.
It is a great movie as from the beginning we really fell for Treat williams character and really got frustated along with him. Stephen lang Co-stars. Both stars are very good and they deserved to be more popular than they are right now. Simon Wincer directs.
As for the DVD, nothing really special. the Dolby Surround sound sound came out from the center channel most of the time. The picture quality is fine. Overall this is highly satisfying DVD as it keeps you interested all the way through.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding movie. In these days and in an industry that is so afraid to offend the Muslim world, movies like this have been buried.
I have had personal experience of such acts that have played out in this film. This culture is flawed just as our own.
A definate must see.
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By Maxine Wegner on October 9, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read the book many years ago, and found the DVD to be pretty close to the book.
It is one of the few books I have read in my lifetime that I still remember after 38 years.
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By Rue J Hellstrom on January 20, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Movies that are based on true stories are usually intriguing. This is a good show that is not full of suspense but is entertaining.
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