As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible incursion by the fearsome Tartars, coming from beyond the desert. Some fellow officers are eagerly awaiting an attack; some no longer want to believe in it; others take advantage of the vague threat to further their career. All of them are sacrificing everything -- health, youth, friends, family -- for a distant military ideal: leading the defence against the onslaught of the enemy. But in the vast emptiness surrounding the fortress, nobody has ever sighted the Tartars... Written by Eduardo Casais

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  1. Valerio Zurlini


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  1. Vittorio Gassman

    Vittorio Gassman


  2. Giuliano Gemma

    Giuliano Gemma


  3. Philippe Noiret

    Philippe Noiret


  4. Francisco Rabal

    Francisco Rabal


  5. Fernando Rey

    Fernando Rey


  6. Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Le médecin-major Rovin

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Original Title Il deserto dei Tartari

Status Released

Original Language Italian

Runtime 2h 20m

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  • January 1, 1976



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