Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)
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Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)
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,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's one of the best anti-colonial Hollywood film ever (almost on a par with the Battle of Algiers)."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lion of the Desert portrays a heroic figure who understands and exemplifies the spiritual dimensions of freedom."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An anti-colonial work that resonates with the struggle in Iraq today."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"A grand epic adventure that'll stand as a highpoint in the producing career of Moustapha Akkad"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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