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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.

  1. Moustapha Akkad


  2. David Butler


  3. H.A.L. Craig


Top Billed Cast

  1. Anthony Quinn

    Anthony Quinn

    Omar Mukhtar

  2. Rod Steiger

    Rod Steiger

    Benito Mussolini

  3. Oliver Reed

    Oliver Reed

    Gen. Rodolfo Graziani

  4. Irene Papas

    Irene Papas


  5. Raf Vallone

    Raf Vallone

    Colonel Diodiece

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Lion of the Desert
Lion of the Desert



Status Released

Release Information

  • April 17, 1981


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 53m

Budget $35,000,000.00

Revenue $1,500,000.00



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