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Lion of the Desert

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This movie is about Omar Mukhtar, a Muslim and Arabian rebellion who fought against the Italian conquering of Libya in WWII. The movie put a spot of light on this little known replion for the West, and uncover the savage means which the conquering army treated the natives and replions with. Between two worlds wars, a struggle for freedom took place in the African desert. This movie is the historicaly accurate story about the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, who led the Libyan resistance against the Italian opressors from 1911-1931. The movie takes place during the reign of Mussolini.

  • Actor Character
  • Anthony Quinn Omar Mukhtar
  • Oliver Reed Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
  • Rod Steiger Benito Mussolini
  • Irene Papas Mabrouka
  • John Gielgud Sharif el-Gariani
  • Raf Vallone Diodiece
  • Gastone Moschin Tomelli
  • Andrew Keir Salem
  • Sky Dumont Prince Amadeo
  • Robert Brown Omar's Friend
  • Takis Emmanuel Bu-Matari
  • Stefano Patrizi Lt. Sandrini
  • Franco Fantasia Gen. Graziani's aide
  • George Sweeney Capt. Biagi
  • Luciano Catenacci Italian Soldier
  • Eleonora Stathopoulou Ali's Mother
  • Mario Adorf
  • Massimiliano Baratta Capture Captain
  • Victor Baring
  • Gianfranco Barra Sentry
  • Loris Bazzocchi (as Loris Bazoki)
  • Rodolfo Bigotti Ismail
  • Pietro Brambilla (as Pietro Brambila)
  • Lino Capolicchio
  • Claudio Cassinelli Escort Guard
  • Mark Colleano Infantry Corporal
  • Filippo Degaras
  • Mario Feliciani Lobitto
  • Scott Fensome Machine Gun Sergeant
  • Piero Gerlini Barillo
  • Claudio Gora President of Court
  • Adolfo Lastretti Col. Sarsani
  • Alec Mango
  • Ewen Solon
  • Pietro Tordi Field Marshal
  • Ihab Werfali Ali
  • Tom Felleghy Italian General
  • Angelo Ragusa Italian Soldier

Directed by
Moustapha Akkad
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
H.A.L. Craig
Produced by
Moustapha Akkad producer
Nahila May Al-Jabri assistant producer
June Bordcosh assistant producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre
Frank Barber (additional music) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard
Film Editing by
John Shirley
Production Design by
Syd Cain
Mario Garbuglia
Art Direction by
Bob Bell
Maurice Cain
Giorgio Desideri
Costume Design by
Piero Cicoletti
Hassan Ben Dardaf
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca
Second Unit or Assistant Director
Miguel Gil first assistant director
Glenn Randall Jr. second unit director
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt sound recordist
Gary Ulmer re-rescoring mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dino Galiano special effects technician
Kit West special effects
Sergio Mioni stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. stunt coordinator (as Glenn Randall)
Other crew
Adolfo Bartoli assistant camera
Franco Fantasia technical advisor
John Fenner gaffer
Maurice Landsberger production accountant
Corrado Sofia production assistant