A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover and a group of Westerners, as the Soviet Union moves to crush the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, finds herself the obsession of an enigmatic Communist officer.
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
I saw this movie when it came out back in the early 60's. Thought it was a very good movie with a splendid cast and lots of suspense. Would like to be able to buy a copy of it either on DVD or VHS. Is there any chance it will soon be available? Have jeeped many times in the Mojave desert where the filming took place. The exact location was east of Barstow, California. Whoever did the driving of the ambulance did an excellent job in some very difficult terrain. The plot was excellent. It gave a very good account of the situation in the middle east at that time. Yul Brynner did an excellent job in the film, as did Sal Mineo and Jack Warden. Please make this great film available.
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