Lion of the Desert

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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. David Butler


  2. H.A.L. Craig


  3. Moustapha Akkad


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  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

  6. John Gielgud

    John Gielgud

    Sharif El Gariani

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 53m

Budget $35,000,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • April 17, 1981
    PG, Theatrical



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