Lion of the Desert

Lion of the Desert (1981)

He was a man of honor in a war without any.

  • Genre: History, War, Drama
  • Release Date: 1981-04-17
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 160 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 53min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Falcon International Productions
  • Production Country: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, United States of America
  • Director: Moustapha Akkad
star 7.3/10
From 160 Ratings


This movie tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWII. It gives western viewers a glimpse into this little-known region and chapter of history, and exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the natives.

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  • Anthony Quinn

    as Omar Mukhtar
  • Rod Steiger

    as Benito Mussolini
  • Oliver Reed

    as Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
  • Irene Papas

    as Mabrouka
  • Raf Vallone

    as Colonel Diodiece
  • John Gielgud

    as Sharif El Gariani
  • Andrew Keir

    as Salem
  • Gastone Moschin

    as Major Tomelli
  • Stefano Patrizi

    as Lt. Sandrini
  • Adolfo Lastretti

    as Colonel Sarsani
  • Sky du Mont

    as Prince Amadeo
  • Takis Emmanuel

    as Bu-Matari
  • Rodolfo Bigotti

    as Ismail
  • Robert Brown

    as Al Fadeel
  • Eleonora Stathopoulou

    as Ali's mother
  • Luciano Bartoli

    as Captain Lontano
  • Franco Fantasia

    as Governor General
  • Luciano Catenacci

    as Italian Sergeant
  • Claudio Gora

    as President of the Court
  • Giordano Falzoni

    as Judge at Camp
  • Ihab Werfali

    as Ali
  • Ewen Solon

    as Italian Tank Commander
  • Loris Bazzocchi

  • Alec Mango

  • Filippo De Gara

  • George Sweeney

    as Captain Biagi
  • Victor Baring

  • Pietro Brambilla

    as Young Soldier
  • Pietro Tordi

    as Field Marshall
  • Mario Feliciani

    as Lobitto
  • Gianfranco Barra

    as Abdul
  • Piero Gerlini

    as Barillo
  • Lino Capolicchio

    as Captain Bedendo
  • Lorenzo Piani

    as Prisoner Escort
  • Tom Felleghy

    as Italian General (uncredited)
  • Mark Colleano

    as Infantry Corporal (uncredited)
  • Angelo Ragusa

    as Arab Caught in Barbed Wire (uncredited)
  • Amedeo Salamon

    as Man Watching Trail (uncredited)
  • Alfonso Giganti

    as Military Judge (uncredited)
  • Scott Richard Fensome

    as Machine Gun Sergeant (uncredited)
Sound Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer
Editing John Shirley Editor
Art Syd Cain Production Design
Production Syd Cain Production Designer
Crew Glenn Randall Jr. Stunt Coordinator
Sound Jim Willis Sound Recordist
Production Maude Spector Casting
Crew Roy Alon Stunts
Camera Jack Hildyard Director of Photography
Art Giorgio Desideri Art Direction
Production Geoffrey Helman Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Alan Boyle Makeup Artist
Art Mario Garbuglia Production Design
Production Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Production Roy Stevens Associate Producer
Directing Moustapha Akkad Director
Production Moustapha Akkad Producer
Writing H.A.L. Craig Writer
Art Bob Bell Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Orietta Nasalli Rocca Costume Design
Writing David Butler Writer
Crew Sergio Mioni Stunts
Sound Norman Bolland Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Neville Smallwood Makeup Artist
Art Maurice Cain Art Direction
Sound Chris Greenham Sound Editor
Directing Miguel Gil First Assistant Director
Crew Terry Glass Special Effects
Production Mohammad Sanousi Producer
Camera James Bawden Camera Operator
Crew Dino Galiano Special Effects Technician
Costume & Make-Up Piero Cicoletti Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Adalgisa Favella Hairstylist
Crew Kit West Special Effects
Visual Effects Kit West Special Effects Supervisor
Lighting Alvaro Romagnoli Gaffer
Directing Giorgio Venturoli Second Assistant Director
Production June Bordcosh Associate Producer
Production Nahila May Al-Jabri Producer's Assistant
Editing Graham Farrow Assistant Editor
Production Paola Roli Casting
Costume & Make-Up Hassan Ben Dardaf Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Ahmed Hassan Hassan Makeup Artist