Sands of the Kalahari
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The characters consist of several men and one woman, namely Susannah York. The search for food and water along with fighting the elements becomes critical. Stuart Whitman's character assumes leadership of the group in an aggressive and autocratic style while Stanley Baker endeavours to ensure everyone's safety.
Inevitably tensions between these two lead to violence in the fight for control (shades of "Lord of the Flies").
I won't give away the ending, but it is quite alarming. This movie is exciting and well put together with superb character development and well worthwhile watching.
This is one of those excellent plane-crash in remote areas genre of films from the Fifties and Sixties. The cast is terrific, the location is gloriously desolate, and then there's those baboons. My favorite character is Whitman's who devolves into a primal man, willingly abandoning civilization. There seems to be a backstory to him, but that is left as a mystery.
And now an observation after viewing this fine film 40 years later. And this is a spoiler, so don't read further if you haven't seen it. When O'Brian has his final battle, I had always assumed the worst. But, as he did kill the leader, what if the others are not attacking him, but gathering to recognize the new baboon king? This would complete his devolution. Just a comforting thought opposed to the horror of what probably happened.
the same year (with an all-star cast and huge budget), this more modest film is, in
my opinion, much superior.
Stanley Baker was always one of my favorite actors. He had a noble bearing not unlike Lawrence Olivier although he was originally cast in working-class parts like
the lorry driver in the excellent "Hell Drivers" (incidentially featuring a cast of
future superstars). His death at the early age of 48 left a void in British cinema
that has never quite been filled.
The original releasing company was Paramount. The cast is terrific, including
Harry Andrews, Theodore Bikel, Nigel Davenport, and the late Susannah York. The
much underrated Stuart Whitman has never been better. I feel this is his finest role. I only wish the DVD had a commentary by Whitman, Bikel, and/or Davenport,
the only surviving actors from the film. When these folks are gone it's too late
and the only sources of first-hand memories are forever lost.
The music score is fantastic and is composed by the late great Johhny Dankworth.
It is stark, haunting, and totally suitable for this film unlike many of the mundane cookie-cutter scores in current flicks.
This is an unforgettable film suggesting a sense of time and place. You will not
see a film like this made now because it is really a low-key character study and
almost too cerebral for today's dumbed-down audiences. A keeper-don't miss it.
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It had to be good because it made an impression on me when I saw it as a kid. I thought it is a very good movie for the era it was made and would recommend itPublished 2 days ago by George Henley
I had not seen this movie for years. I still found it entertaining.Published 4 months ago by Thomas J. Havey
I remembered it when I was younger. Picture quality was good from the supplier, the movie was not as impressive as I rememberedPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Classic movie with unusual story line. Great cast of actors. I saw this movie in the theaters years ago and always wanted my own copy. Very entertaining,Published 9 months ago by Richard