Lion of the Desert [25th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [English] [1981]

  • SKU: 7542206
  • Release Date: 11/01/2005
  • Rating: PG
  • 4.0 (1)
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Special Features

  • Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) English and Arabic language versions
  • Widescreen presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • The making of Lion of the desert
  • Audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad
  • The making of Omar Mukhtar
  • Arabic audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad
  • Closed Captioned


Lion of the Desert
Libyan leader Moummar Quaddafi financed this desert epic about a Libyan hero who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the encroaching Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the Italian dictator Mussolini (Rod Steiger). With the persistence of Mukhtar, the Libyans, battling the tanks and guns of the Italian army with their Bedouin troops on horseback, managed to hold off y the Italians for twenty years, until Mukhtar was finally captured and executed. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anthony Quinn
    Anthony Quinn - Omar Mukhtar
  • Oliver Reed
    Oliver Reed - Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
  • Rod Steiger
    Rod Steiger - Benito Mussolini
  • John Gielgud
    John Gielgud - Sharif El Gariani
  • Irene Papas
    Irene Papas - Mabrouka

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