Sunday, August 16, 2015

1962 - ESCAPE FROM ZAHRAIN, very entertaining chase film.

A very good action/adventure film from a decent director Ronald Neame.

Yul Brynner is the leader of an Arab group attempting to bring reforms to his repressive Middle Eastern country.  Yul's escaping in an ambulance across the desert from the troops of his country's repressive government.  Along the way he picks up an eclectic group of people which includes character actor Jack Warden who is very entertaining.  OK the film is essentially a rehash of John Ford's Stagecoach but if you are going to steal steal from the best.

Ronald Neame was known for well made entertainments and this film fits the bill.  It's fast paced, well photographed and edited. 

A modest film that just happens to be an entertaining one.

93 minutes.

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