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Ashanti [VHS]

Michael Caine , Peter Ustinov , Richard Fleischer    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Kabir Bedi, Beverly Johnson, Omar Sharif
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Alberto Vzquez Figueroa, Stephen Geller
  • Producers: Georges-Alain Vuille, John C. Vuille
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 9 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCG7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After his wife Anansa is kidnapped by African slave traders, Dr David Linderby (Michael Caine) sets off in pursuit. It transpires that Anansa's captor, Suleiman, intends to sell her to an Arab Prince (Omar Sharif), but the authorities refuse to assist David in his search and he is forced to turn to men just as ruthless as the slave traders in order to get his wife back. He also finds a willing helper in the form of nomad Malik, whose whole family have also been stolen by Suleiman.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Camp 1970s action for all the family 27 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Michael Caine described this as "the worst, most wretched film I ever made", but, in reality, it's not that bad.

Michael Caine is a UN doctor, working in aid camps in Africa alongside his wife (Beverly Johnson), also a UN doctor, who is from the Ashanti tribe. While swimming in a lake near the aid camp, she is kidnapped by slave traders, led by Suleiman (Peter Ustinov). He is sure that, being an Ashanti and beautiful, he will get a high price for her from his best customer, wealthy Arab price Omar Sharif.

Caine sets off to find her, helped along the way by a British anti-slave campaigner (Rex Harrison), an American mercenary (William Holden) and an enigmatic Arabian nomad (Kabir Bedi).

Truly all-star, then, and not entirely unenjoyable. Not exactly taxing for either the audience or Caine, who does well as the grief-stricken but persistent husband, while Ustinov provides a comic turn as the slimy slave trader.

Camp, as only late 70s action movies can be, this is mindless but entertaining fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASHANTI 31 May 2010
By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This movie was made in 1979, is 113 mts long and in super widescreen. DR DAVID LINDERBY (Michael Caine) is a UN/WHO doctor working with his doctor wife ANANSA(Beverley Johnson), who is from Ashanti tribe. While swimming in a lake near her camp, she is kidnapped by slave trader SULEIMAN (Peter Ustinov). He hopes to get a good price for her from a wealthy Prince Hassan (Omar Sharif). Brian Walker (Rex Harrison), a British anti-slave campaigner, tries to help David.
David complains to the District Commissioner and is surprised to hear about slavery. He is told to find her before she is taken to the Sahara desert. Anansa tells Suleiman that she is a UN doctor. Walker introduces David to Captain James Sandell (WILLIAM HOLDEN), who is a helicopter pilot. Sandell gets shot by Suleiman and the helicopter crashes. Walker is back and offers help in the form of 'Vulture' names MALIK (Kabir Bedi), whose own family was once taken as slaves.
In the desert, Malik and David find a slave caravan, but it is not of Suleiman's. Malik kills the gang and the children are released. By now Suleiman has taken Anansa by lorry to the port for auction. Malik and David hurry with their camels. There are excellent performances by Peter Ustinov, Kabir Bedi, Omar Sharif and the rest. The movie has some excellent desert scenary and locations. The movie was filmed in Kenya, Israel and sicilly. Good back ground music by Michael Melvion and director Richard Fleischer keeps the story moving. The movie is based on the novel 'EBANO' by Vasquez-Figueroa.
Will Malik and David find Suleiman? Will David meet his Anansa? Will Malik get his revenge? Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed watching this film.
Watch and ENJOY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow adventure tale not at all bad 15 Oct 2009
By Andy B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A nice 2.35.1 letter box copy, which makes up for the awful pan & scan copies previously released. Also this seems to be the uncut version which has some added violence that I'm sure was removed from previous versions.

A well acted movie, although Mr.Caine did appear to be doing this 1 by the numbers as such?

Some nice cameo appearances from Rex Harrison, William Holden & Omar Sharif, although the real star in my opinion was Kabir Bedi, he did kind of steal the film away.

A little slow & maybe a product of it's time where video was becoming the new thing & films in theaters had to try to make a mark, I think this 1 failed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
It's strange that a man with the likes of Jaws - The Revenge, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, The Jigsaw Man, Blue Ice, The Holcroft Covenant, On Deadly Ground and Bullseye, not to mention two Harry Alan Towers movies on his resume should dismiss Ashanti as his worst picture, because Michael Caine's done a LOT shoddier (check out Geoffrey Reeve's strikingly inept Shadow Run if you want to see just how much shoddier). Not that it's particularly good, but even though it comes from the late Richard Fleischer's I'll-do-anything days and features cameos from actors out to top-up their pension funds (Rex Harrison) or who just happened to be in Kenya anyway (William Holden), this somewhat pedestrian modern-day slavery picture that sees Caine's WHO Doctor (insert pun here) tracking down his kidnapped wife (model-turned-very-bad-actress Beverly Johnson) before comical slave-trader Peter Ustinov can sell her to Omar Sharif's Harvard-educated smoothie prince ("Would you like a cucumber sandwich?") is at least watchable in a wallpaper kind of way. Caine certainly looks the wrong kind of pissed off throughout, but the guest stars bring a spot of old school professional star power to the proceedings, Ustinov has fun with his villainy while Kabir Bedi provides a bit of intensity as Caine's reluctant and vengeful guide, and there's a host of familiar faces from British films of the 50s and 60s like Marne Maitland, Eric Pohlman, Johnny Sekka and Zia Mohyeddin rounding out the supporting cast. It always looks good thanks to Aldo Tonti's photography (seen at its best on the 2.35:1 letterboxed and remastered French DVD), though Don Black's cheesy lyrics for the end title song are typically laughable. Read more ›
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