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Neither gold nor diamonds, but a far more valuable treasure is said to slumber within a mountainous stronghold somewhere in the Sahara. Two men are rivals in their quest to find it: archaeologist John Shannon and his brother Michael. But Michael, who has never forgiven John for stealing the woman he loved, has become John's most embittered enemy and is determined to prevent John from finding the Tower. When John mysteriously vanishes in the Sahara, he comes face-to-face with his brother who now calls himself Zadik and rules over a band of marauding warriors who spread fear and terror in the desert. Though captured and nearly killed by his brother, John manages to continue his quest...

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  • Actors: Ben Cross, Peter Weller, Marco Bonini, Guy Lankester, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
  • Directors: Alberto Negrin
  • Writers: Alberto Negrin, George Eastman, Valerio Manfredi
  • Producers: Brendan Fitzgerald, Eleonora Andreatta, Enzo Giulioli, Francesco Nardello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA78SO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tower of the Firstborn" on IMDb

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pearl U on January 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Ok actually 2 1/2hours since I fast forwarded through the fight scenes. I think a better title for this would be "Bored in the desert" a movie about a group of actors and camera people who are stranded for several weeks in the desert and decide to make a film.

The movie suffers from lack of plot, lack of character development, horrible acting and lack of film quality. Perhaps the desert storms were responsible for some major equipment dysfunction. It is pretty obvious the actors were a little confused - their acting is stiff and mechanical - I've seen elementary school plays with more flow. Maybe it's because the story is going nowhere and does nothing. The characters are so empty you really don't care for any of them - except maybe Ben Cross's character who you sort of feel sorry for since he obviously is a villian on the wrong set. Luckily I just rented this and didn't spend money on it. Really it is a "must NOT see".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By St. Margo on July 12, 2009
Format: DVD
I find it terminally annoying when "Kid's" who don't have a clue about either love nor romance rent a film and then trash it in a "Bubble Gum" review without actually expressing "why and what for?" This film is excellent for what it is, and it does not pretend to be anything at all other than "What it is!"

It is nothing more than a Desert Adventure/Romance set in a time when the very notion of such ideology permeated Western culture as a whole. Think, "Sheik Of Arabay" and such!

While not being a "Great" film such as Sean Connery's "Wind And The Lion" it is a good film for the genre of which it is intended to portray. The Costume's are excellent and fairly historically accurate; "ala" Jean Leon Gerome, regardless of whether or not they were made of polyester as was stated by one reviewer. No doubt that reviewer was part of the costume team on the set?

Jean Leon Gerome, for those of you either under 50 year's of age or having had little in the way of Art History in your education, was the leading painter of the "ORIENTALIST SCHOOL" of art in the 19th and early 20th century.

Therefore and henceforth, I would strongly suggest to those of you without such background knowledge to reserve your unfounded opinion's without due access to further study, or perhaps you might consider restricting yourselves to the common garden variety "Slasher Movie."

Might I suggest "Jason Go's To Hell." I'm certain that you might find him there?

St. Margo ......... !
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First of all, to all those who think only "young" kids don't like this film, I'm 48 and I love desert adventures and this is a baaaaaaaaad film.

If this film had had any real direction and been edited correctly and some of the storylines either dropped or fixed, it could have been a fun desert adventure romance. There was a lot of potential with this film. And I must say that the funny bits between Rashid and Neal and their friendship was probably the best part. The romance part got a little sappy. And the sound track is like Eugene Ormandy on one of his sappiest days. I kept waiting to see that this film was made by a church - it has that kind of feel - like there's going to be a message. I think whomever did make this film was trying for a message rather than a plot and that's why it wandered all over the place. For example (SPOILER ALERT), after the girl and her husband/soldier/rescuer collapse in the desert and he dies and she's sent away with the monks, we never see her again. I mean, why was she in the story to begin with? If I'd written that story, I'd have had her traveling with Shannon so she could meet Dr. Hogan and then Hogan (Neal) would get a romance, too, at least. Maybe. And she'd get to see where her father always wanted to go. (SPOILER OVER) *sigh* I hate it when stupid people make stupid films.

But like I said, it had a really good kernel/nugget of an idea. I'm glad I watched it because I'm going to take that idea and make a much better story out of it, I think. So, there's a reason for everything.
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I have to agree with all the other reviews, it was terribly painful to watch as one keeps hoping the characters or plot will improve. Sadly, they just don't....we too made it to about 50 minutes and had to go onto Youtube and find comedy to cheer us up. The home joke was that the budget must have been the issue, the pretty white Camel, Gold Door, and costumes took all the bank roll, so they got a college film freshman to video and just went for it, hoping that it would pull the money like Napolean Dynamite anyway. What torqued me is that they didn't even use Arabian horses for the desert ride scenes, but no tailed QH-crosses from maybe a western off set. I actually wondered if this wasn't a movie made in the late 70's, and had to keep looking at the rental box to make sure we got the right movie. I suppose there was a multilayered story there, but getting to examine the possibility really was just too much to ask of the viewer. A big thumb's down on this one......
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Tower of the Firstborn was a slow and badly acted, badly directed, and badly filmed movie. I thought I was watching something that was made back in the 1980's for tv! I think that if the director had been better, the movie might actually have been passable. The girl chosen to play Diane Shannon was a poor actress. I did not believe for one second that she was in love with Rashid. And where did she meet him before? I felt like there was another story there that we were missing all together. They spent too much time on Adriel and Leon and didn't interconnect their characters into the movie well enough.
The whole movie seemed choppy and slow. I would like to have read the book (if there is one), it might have made the movie make more sense. The ending was stupid and definitely not worth the 3 plus hours it took to get through it. Definitely a waste of time-watch "The Mummy" instead.
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