Lion of the Desert is the dramatic action epic of the struggle of Omar Mukhtar, leader of the Muslim resistance in North Africa in the 1920′s and 30′s, against the imperialism of Mussolini and the Italian army. Despite the challenge of overcoming the fascist Italian war machine with only faith and wisdom, the Muslims led by Mukhtar maintained their resistance and refused to be conquered.
The movie is filmed in Italy and the deserts of Libya. The whole project is carried quite professionally with every aspect taken care of and every point well thought of. Anthony Quinn and Oliver Reed give stunning performances well worthy of rememberance. The director Moustapha Akkad delivers a classic film giving an impression of a seasoned Hollywood director. One should never miss such a classic film. Everyone must watch it.