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Zarak (1956)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Romance | December 1956 (USA)
An Afghan Outlaw finally saves a British Officer at the cost of his own life.

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Biri - Zarak's Brother
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Hassu the one-eyed
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Kasim - Zarak's Brother
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Akbar - Merchant
Oscar Quitak ...
Youssuff
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On the mountainous frontier between British India and Afghanistan, circa 1860s, Zarak Khan kisses Salma, the youngest wife of his father, Haji Khan. Outraged, his father orders Zarak to be flogged to death but spares his life at the urging of an elderly Mullah. Zarak now leaves his village and becomes a notorious outlaw, prompting the British to assign a Major Ingram to capture him. Zarak and Ingram have several encounters, developing a grudging respect for each other. When Ingram is captured by Ahmad, one of Zarak's rivals, Zarak risks his life to save the British officer. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Final film of Frederick Valk. See more »

Quotes

Zarak Khan: Hanging's too fast. It's for the weak. My father once said I should be flogged to death. He tried, cousin, but he failed.
Ahmad: We shall not fail.
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Connections

Featured in The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) See more »

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Climb Up the Wall
Music by Auyar Hosseini
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Yana
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In India's Sunny Clime
4 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Victor Mature puts on a turban and grows a beard to star as the title character in Zarak. It's the story of the eldest son of a clan chief who betrays his father with the father's youngest bride played by the Swedish Anita Ekberg. Just another case of an obviously Cauacasian woman playing an exotic Oriental and just by looks not carrying it off too well. Still she does what she can, Maureen O'Hara knew best of all how Anita felt cast in something like Zarak.

After being banished from the tribe, Mature becomes a bandit chief and the scourge of the territory in what is now Pakistan. Michael Wilding is sent to bring in Mature dead or alive, but other tribes are starting to get restless.

It maybe set in what was the real India then, but Zarak plays like an eastern western. Finlay Currie plays a mullah who pops in and out of the film at critical points in our protagonist's life. He's quite the saintly figure, more like a Christian saint than a Moslem one.

All in all a routine action film that fans of Victor Mature will appreciate.


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