Lion of the Desert (1980)
PG
173 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.
Writers
David Butler (additional material) | H.A.L. Craig | Paul Thompson (additional material) (as Paul Thompson)
Cinematographer
Jack Hildyard (photographed by)
Casting Directors
Paola Roli (as Paola Rolli) | Maude Spector
Production Designers
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Release date
Mar 27, 1981 (United States)

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Cast

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55 cast members
Name Known for
Anthony Quinn
Omar Mukhtar Omar Mukhtar   See fewer
Oliver Reed
Gen. Rodolfo Graziani Gen. Rodolfo Graziani   See fewer
Irene Papas
Mabrouka Mabrouka   See fewer
Raf Vallone
Colonel Diodiece Colonel Diodiece   See fewer
Rod Steiger
Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini   See fewer
John Gielgud
Sharif El Gariani Sharif El Gariani   See fewer
Gastone Moschin
Major Tomelli Major Tomelli   See fewer
Stefano Patrizi
Lt. Sandrini Lt. Sandrini   See fewer
Adolfo Lastretti
Colonel Sarsani Colonel Sarsani   See fewer
Sky du Mont
Prince Amadeo (as Sky Dumont) Prince Amadeo (as Sky Dumont)   See fewer
Takis Emmanuel
Bu-Matari Bu-Matari   See fewer
Robert Brown
Al Fadeel Al Fadeel   See fewer
Eleonora Stathopoulou
Ali's Mother Ali's Mother   See fewer
Luciano Bartoli
Captain Lontano Captain Lontano   See fewer
Claudio Gora
President of Court President of Court   See fewer
Giordano Falzoni
Judge at Camp Judge at Camp   See fewer
Franco Fantasia
Graziani's Aide Graziani's Aide   See fewer
Ewen Solon
Actor Actor   See fewer
Loris Bazzocchi
Actor (as Loris Bazoki) Actor (as Loris Bazoki)   See fewer
Alec Mango
Actor Actor   See fewer
Filippo De Gara
Actor (as Filippo Degara) Actor (as Filippo Degara)   See fewer
George Sweeney
Captain Biagi Captain Biagi   See fewer
Luciano Catenacci
Italian Soldier Italian Soldier   See fewer
Pietro Brambilla
Young Soldier Young Soldier   See fewer
Pietro Tordi
Field Marshal Field Marshal   See fewer
Massimiliano Baratta
Capture Captain Capture Captain   See fewer
Mario Feliciani
Lobitto Lobitto   See fewer
Piero Gerlini
Barillo (as Pietro Gerlini) Barillo (as Pietro Gerlini)   See fewer
Lino Capolicchio
Captain Bedendo Captain Bedendo   See fewer
Sadettin Erbil
Sharif El Gariani (voice) Sharif El Gariani (voice)   See fewer
Erdogan Esenboga
Captain Lontano (voice) Captain Lontano (voice)   See fewer
Osman Görgen
Ismail (voice) Ismail (voice)   See fewer
Esen Günay
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
Agah Hün
Omar Mukhtar (voice) Omar Mukhtar (voice)   See fewer
Alev Koral
Mabrouka (voice) Mabrouka (voice)   See fewer
Pekcan Kosar
Benito Mussolini (voice) Benito Mussolini (voice)   See fewer
Benito Mussolini
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Kamran Usluer
Colonel Diodiece (voice) Colonel Diodiece (voice)   See fewer
Erhan Yazicioglu
Lt. Sandrini (voice) Lt. Sandrini (voice)   See fewer
Sahin Çelik
Prince Amadeo (voice) (as Sky Dumont) Prince Amadeo (voice) (as Sky Dumont)   See fewer
Vala Önengüt
Gen. Rodolfo Graziani (voice) Gen. Rodolfo Graziani (voice)   See fewer
Mario Adorf
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
Mark Colleano
Infantry Corporal (uncredited) Infantry Corporal (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom Felleghy
Italian General (uncredited) Italian General (uncredited)   See fewer
Scott Richard Fensome
Machine Gun Sergeant (uncredited) Machine Gun Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
Alfonso Giganti
Military Judge (uncredited) Military Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
Mark Lewis
Arab (uncredited) Arab (uncredited)   See fewer
Lorenzo Piani
Prisoner Escort Guard (uncredited) Prisoner Escort Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
Angelo Ragusa
Italian Soldier (uncredited) Italian Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
Amedeo Salamon
Man watching the trail (uncredited) Man watching the trail (uncredited)   See fewer
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