Lion of the Desert - 25th Anniversary Edition
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"Lion of the Desert" opens in the year 1922 right after Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government. As many historians know, Il Duce quickly decided one way to bolster his fascist dictatorship was to present it as a renewed Roman Empire. One of his first priorities as a conquering Augustus was to renew efforts to pacify the Bedouin tribes in the Italian colony of Libya. After ascertaining that the leader of the Bedouin resistance is a man named Omar Mukhtar, Mussolini handpicks one of his most ruthless and capable generals, Rodolfo Graziani, as the new governor of the colony. Graziani's mission is to go to Libya and smash these pesky desert nomads in any way he sees fit.Read more ›
Anthony Quinn portrays the Libyan Guerrilla fighter "Omar Mukhtar" who pledged his (as well as his countrymen) life to drive the invading Italian forces out.
The story depicts post World War 1, pre WW2 era where Benito Mussolini (played by Rod Steiger) tries carving up the globe with empires for Italy. He uses Libya as an "easy" stepping stone to the the Middle East (Libya's occupation was not started by him.. funny and demagogically enough the young Mussolini demonstrated against the occupation of Libya in 1911).
Mukhtar, the village teacher, on the other hand made this difficult and was so successful waging his campaign against the Italians, that Mussolini sends in his top general "The Butcher" Graziani, played deliciously by the late Sir Oliver Reed (the Trap 1966, The Four Musketeers 1974, Gladiator 2000 and many more) to straighten things out.
First, the Italians just "tour" Libya, raiding, burning, killing and raping... but when an entire attack convoy is completely wiped out by rebels, Graziani decides to wage an all-out war against Libyans. Graziani pretends to come to terms with Mukhtar, but, at the same time, brings thousands of fresh Italian troops to Tripoli and marches them inland.Read more ›
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Great movie. Demostrates the clash between bedoin and modern army.Published 24 days ago by Doesn't know enough
Actually, the film itself being forgotten isn't the only unfortunate aspect of this film, as the film itself covers a subject that is largely disregarded. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. K.
Film 5/5, ISBN: 0-13132-61243-0 80 Anchor Bay/Starz Blu-ray transfer 1/5 is a pan and scan, and not the 2.35 of the original. Not recommended, view previous formats with 2. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zardoz2293
Moustapha Akkad (1930-2005) is a name that you might not recognize in Hollywood, even though he produced the successful “Halloween” movie series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos E. Velasquez
One of my favorite movies. It's great to watch with the entire familyPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got this as a gift for my father. He recalls when the film originally came out an was over the moon to receive the DVD.Published 4 months ago by F. Adigun