Review: ‘Sahara’

Coproducer Menahem Golan reportedly hatched the idea for Sahara when Mark Thatcher, son of the British prime minister, disappeared in the desert during an international car rally.

Coproducer Menahem Golan reportedly hatched the idea for Sahara when Mark Thatcher, son of the British prime minister, disappeared in the desert during an international car rally.

An old fashioned B-grade romantic adventure, directed in pedestrian fashion by Andrew V. McLaglen, Sahara is lamentably low on excitement, laughs and passion.

Screenplay, set in 1927, has Brooke Shields as heiress to a car company who promises her dying daddy that she’ll win the world’s toughest endurance rally driving the car he designed. Wily Brooke disguises herself as a man, complete with wig and moustache.

Soon after the race starts, she discards her disguise and reverts to Brooke the beautiful, only to receive a beating and a mouthful of sand when she’s captured by Arab thug John Rhys-Davies. Handsome sheikh Lambert Wilson saves her from his clutches and falls mildly in love with her.

Director McLaglen and most everyone else treat it all tongue in cheek.

Sahara

Production

Cannon. Director Andrew V. McLaglen; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay James R. Silke; Camera David Gurfinkel; Music Ennio Morricone; Art Director Luciano Spadoni

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Brooke Shields Lambert Wilson Horst Buchholz John Rhys-Davies Ronald Lacey John Mills
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