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Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 23 May 1962 (USA)
A hunted revolutionary leads a rag tag group of individuals through the desert in an attempt to elude the security forces and escape the fictitious Arab country of Zahrain.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Michael Barrett (novel), Robin Estridge (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yul Brynner ... Sharif
Sal Mineo ... Ahmed
Jack Warden ... Huston
Madlyn Rhue ... Laila
Anthony Caruso ... Tahar
Leonard Strong ... Ambulance Driver
Jay Novello ... Hassan
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Storyline

During the 1960s, in a fictitious strife-ridden Arab nation, captured revolutionary nationalist leader Sharif is being transported to a prison for execution. The police van transporting him to the prison is attacked by Sharif's fanatical followers. Ahmed, the leader of the students' revolt frees Sharif along with three other prisoners. Among them is Huston, an American who has embezzled money from the Zahrain Oil Company. The fugitives capture an ambulance and its nurse, Laila. They flee from the city toward the border but during their trek across the desert, the convict Hassan is killed in a police ambush. A romance starts between Ahmed, the student leader and Laila, the ambulance nurse. Unfortunately, Ahmed is later killed by a government strafing fighter plane. Later, Tahar, another convict, is also killed.The three lone survivors are Laila, Sharif and Huston. Will they reach their destination? Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flucht aus Zahrain See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was originally intended as a starring vehicle for Clark Gable, but he died while it was in development. Edward Dmytryk would have directed. See more »

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Laila
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Written by Phil Boutelje and Sadik Amir Adeli
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Not quite a forgotten gem, but definitely worth watching
3 September 2018 | by msprouse-7-431049See all my reviews

Here's a movie that few have watched in which you can regale your old-movie- watching friends with the mention of this flick. Lots of action for a 1962 low budget film. A younger Jack Warden does a fine job as does a young Madlyn Rhue. Yul Brynner is...well... Yul Brynner. A nice cameo by James Mason too! One can only imagine if this film had a bigger budget. Unless you're an expert on global dessert terrain the last scene is really the only one where it is apparent this was shot in California and not in the middle east. Definitely worth watching!


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