Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)
Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) (1981)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 17, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 7, 1998
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's one of the best anti-colonial Hollywood film ever (almost on a par with the Battle of Algiers).

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Lion of the Desert portrays a heroic figure who understands and exemplifies the spiritual dimensions of freedom.

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Louis Proyect

An anti-colonial work that resonates with the struggle in Iraq today.

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Clint Morris
Film Threat

A grand epic adventure that'll stand as a highpoint in the producing career of Moustapha Akkad