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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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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sal Mineo had spent three years on the Broadway stage with Yul Brynner doing The King and I". See more »

Soundtracks

Laila
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Written by Phil Boutelje and Sadik Amir Adeli
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15 January 2005 | by marted8073See all my reviews

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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