True story of the final years of legendary muslim guerilla fighter Omar Mukhtar. The year is 1929 and with Mussolini trying to press fascism in North Africa, only a teacher turned rebel war chief and his bedouin people stand in his way..
War epic financed by Col. Gaddafi(!), that has a great support cast in John Geilgud, Gastone Moschin and Rod Steiger. With two excellent leads in Anthony Quinn as Mukhtar and Oliver Reed as the nasty 'Italian Butcher' Grazziani sent to crush him.
Hardly ever shown on tele (to my knowledge!) and unfairly dismissed as a flop, this one has long bloody action sequences and some fantastic locations. Admittedly it's not quite in the same league as Lawrence of Arabia and it is a bit too long, at nearly 3hrs, but that doesn't stop it from being any good. Some of the executions and close combat are very well staged, with loads of explosions, blood squibs and horse~falls, with comedy being never far from hand either, with constant displays of (no doubt historically accurate) ridiculous Italian helmets and hats!
The Blu ray seems surprisingly uncut given the amount of aforementioned horse~falls and has a clean, sharp picture despite being in 1.78 as opposed to 2.35 w/s. Personally, I paid £4 on Amazon for it and was very happy.
4.25/5. Recommended for fans of well made epic war films.