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Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 2 December 1965 (UK)
After a small aircraft crashes in the Kalahari Desert, one of the seven passengers decides that his survival chances would increase if he would eliminate the other men in the group.

Director:

Cy Endfield

Writers:

Cy Endfield (screenplay), William Mulvihill (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stanley Baker ... Mike Bain
Stuart Whitman ... Brian O'Brien
Susannah York ... Grace Monckton
Harry Andrews ... Grimmelman
Theodore Bikel ... Dr. Bondarahkai
Nigel Davenport ... Sturdevant
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A small airplane crashes in the sweltering deserts of southern Africa hundreds of miles from civilization. As parallels are drawn between the stranded group of seven passengers and a nearby pack of savage baboons, one of the men's survivalist nature gets the better of him, as he decides his chances of survival would be better if the other men were eliminated one-by-one. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Six survivors struggle for their lives against the killer apes of Kalahari! See more »

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verdammten der Kalahari See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor demanded too much money, star/producer Stanley Baker pursued Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker as the leads. After these negotiations failed, he signed George Peppard, who left abruptly after a short time. Stuart Whitman was quickly drafted in, but he didn't like the part so he swapped roles with Baker. See more »

Goofs

The diamond area warning sign said "Trespasses will be prosecuted" not "Trespassers will be prosecuted". See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. See more »

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Referenced in Pitch Black (2000) See more »

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Exciting and frequently savage adventure set in the African interior.
31 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Sands of the Kalahari sounds as if it is based on a book by Wilbur Smith, but actually it isn't. It features a top-drawer cast, some blazing African location photography, and a genuinely exciting storyline about survival in the wilderness.

The story deals with a plane crash. The survivors find themselves in the middle of the Kalahari desert, close to a barren, rocky outcrop inhabited by baboons. They manage to make a shelter in the rocks and await rescue, but after a while it becomes clear that no-one is coming to look for them. Tensions begin to rise, and various characters react in various ways: Stuart Whitman's character becomes more and more like the savage, primitive monkeys; Nigel Davenport finds himself sexually craving for one of the ladies in the party; Susannah York becomes increasingly flirtatious; Harry Andrews scientifically toils away trying to come up with a rational escape plan; Stanley Baker just deals with the situation in a quietly courageous way.

The film is very exciting. You get to know the characters quite well, and you find yourself considering their plight very seriously and pondering on how you would cope in similar circumstances. The unpredictable nature of Whitman's character and Davenport's character means that you are always on your guard, expecting the unexpected. This is a really good little film, generally forgotten now but well worth seeking out. If you get the chance to view it... do!


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