Lion of the Desert

Lion of the Desert (1981)

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.

  • H.A.L. Craig
  • David Butler
  • Moustapha Akkad
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  • Release Date: 1981-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Country: LY, US
  • Runtime: 173
  • Revenue: $1,500,000
  • Budget: $35,000,000

Oliver Reed

Gen. Rodolfo Graziani

John Gielgud

Sharif El Gariani

Irene Papas


Raf Vallone

Colonel Diodiece

Lino Capolicchio

Captain Bedendo

Claudio Gora

President of the Court

Stefano Patrizi

Lt. Sandrini

Franco Fantasia

Governor General

Anthony Quinn

Omar Mukhtar

Luciano Catenacci

Italian Sergeant

Luciano Bartoli

Captain Lontano

Takis Emmanuel


Adolfo Lastretti

Colonel Sarsani

Lorenzo Piani

Prisoner Escort

Tom Felleghy

Italian General (uncredited)

Pietro Brambilla

Young Soldier

Pietro Tordi

Field Marshall

Robert Brown

Al Fadeel

Rod Steiger

Benito Mussolini

Gastone Moschin

Major Tomelli

Sky du Mont

Prince Amadeo

Ewen Solon

Italian Tank Commander

George Sweeney

Captain Biagi

Angelo Ragusa

Arab Caught in Barbed Wire (uncredited)
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