Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

Lion of the Desert (1980) Poster

In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.




  • Gastone Moschin in Lion of the Desert (1980)
  • Anthony Quinn and Moustapha Akkad in Lion of the Desert (1980)
  • Anthony Quinn in Lion of the Desert (1980)
  • Oliver Reed and Gastone Moschin in Lion of the Desert (1980)
  • Irene Papas in Lion of the Desert (1980)
  • Lion of the Desert (1980)

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14 November 2005 | miagil
| A great epic!
I believe that one needs to be made of a special material to direct/produce such an epic. Moustapha believed in what he was doing when shooting the movie. He went to out of his way to make sure that everything he filmed was as real as possible. The battle scenes were planned with all detail but also the small scenes with Tony Quinn, Irene Papas or any other actor. It is a real pity that death has taken him before he could produce/direct "Salahadin", his long wanted project that would have shown the world another face of Islam. He tried with Omar Muhktar but I am sure that he would have done much better with Salahadin. Moustapha Akkad and his work as a film maker will be remembered.

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Release Date:

16 May 1981


Arabic, Italian, English

Country of Origin

Libya, USA

Filming Locations


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

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