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Secret of the Sahara 

Il segreto del Sahara (original title)
This mini-series production is about the quest of archaeologist Desmond Jordan to discover the location of the legendary Talking Mountain of the Sahara desert, and find the secret that it hides.
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Series cast summary:
Michael York ...  Desmond Jordan 4 episodes, 1988
Ben Kingsley ...  Sholomon 4 episodes, 1988
James Farentino ...  Caliph of Timbuktu 4 episodes, 1988
Andie MacDowell ...  Anthea 4 episodes, 1988
David Soul ...  Lieutenant Riker 4 episodes, 1988
Miguel Bosé ...  El Hallem 4 episodes, 1988
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ...  Orso 4 episodes, 1988
Daniel Olbrychski ...  Hared 4 episodes, 1988
Delia Boccardo ...  Yasmine 4 episodes, 1988
Ana Obregón ...  Tamameth 4 episodes, 1988
Radost Bokel ...  Parizade 4 episodes, 1988
William McNamara ...  Philip Jordan 4 episodes, 1988
Itaco Nardulli ...  Kerim 4 episodes, 1988
Mathilda May ...  Myriam 4 episodes, 1988
Jean-Pierre Cassel ...  Major De Brosse 4 episodes, 1988
Sal Borgese ...  Achmet 4 episodes, 1988
Romano Puppo ...  Halimi 4 episodes, 1988
Ulrich von Dobschütz Ulrich von Dobschütz ...  von Grübel 4 episodes, 1988
Fofana Aminata Dite Rosy Thiem Fofana Aminata Dite Rosy Thiem 4 episodes, 1988
Mohamed Badrsalem Mohamed Badrsalem ...  Caliph's Servant 4 episodes, 1988
Alex Serra ...  Priest 4 episodes, 1988
Alessandro Borgese Alessandro Borgese 4 episodes, 1988
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Desmond Jordan is an archaeologist who found an old parchment in which, the history of the Talking Mountain that is guarded by the guardian of an ancient and sought-after treasure hidden somewhere in the Sahara desert, was mentioned. After Desmond saves Anthea, a mysterious woman warrior, the two are hunted down by evil Lieutenant Ryker and his deserter legionaries, as well as El Hallem - a dangerous and infamous bandit of the desert, and the Khalif of Timbuktu who also wants the treasure of the mountain for himself. While Khalif orders his guards to find and capture Jordan, Philip, Jordan's son, travels from London to Morocco looking for his father who is in search of the location of the Talking Mountain, attracted by the mystery that it hides. Written by kpanago1960

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English

Release Date:

3 January 1988 (Italy) See more »

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Secret of the Sahara See more »

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Morocco See more »

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(4 parts)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Mathilda May's role is omitted from the version that is shown on UK Cable channel Movies for Men. See more »

Soundtracks

Saharan Dream
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Leonie Gane
Performed by Amii Stewart
RCA Records Label
Music copyright: BMG Ariola S.p.A.
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A haunting drama
14 November 2005 | by paul-carlierSee all my reviews

The Secret of the Sahara is the type of drama that Hollywood has long since abandoned. The story is original, the location (and sets) are breath taking and the cast is first class, with outstanding performances from Michael York as the obsessive archaeologist Desmond Jordan and Ben Kingsley as Sholomon, the Polish Jew who has found peace in the desert. David Soul provides a real sense of menace as Lieutenant Ryker and steals almost every scene from his co-stars. Andie MacDowell is slightly under used as are the other female cast members, but the director Alberto Negrin keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, aided by a hauntingly beautiful musical score from Ennio Morricone. There are some obvious limitations to the production which are easily over looked; Ryker seems to cross the desert to the same two or three locations to dizzying effect, and some of the dialogue feels a bit out of place but these are only minor points. All in all this is a quality drama and I only wish that more of this calibre were made.


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