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East of Sudan

  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Nathan Juran
  • 84 mins
  • U

Summary

A youngster and her governess flee the anti-British violence erupting in 19th-century India, helped by two courageous but mutually hostile military men - whose personal enmity eventually abates as they battle to survive the gruelling journey to safety. Adventure, starring Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Derek Fowlds and Jenny Agutter in her screen debut.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Austrian-born Nathan Juran grew up in the US, practised as an architect and then became an art director, winning an Oscar for How Green Was My Valley. After war service he turned to direction, specialising in action movies, fantasy and westerns. During the 1960s he made films in Britain, including this lacklustre adventure about a small group that escapes an outpost in the Sudan. The central characters are an army regular (Anthony Quayle) and a governess (Sylvia Syms) and their relationship forms the subplot in this piece of hokum. Juran had the good sense to use British cameraman Wilkie Cooper on five films including this one and his contribution, in colour and Techniscope, enhances a rather dull movie. However, it should be stated that much of the action footage is borrowed from the classic 1939 version of The Four Feathers.

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Credits

Cast

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Richard BakerAnthony Quayle
Margaret WoodvilleSylvia Syms
MurchisonDerek Fowlds
AsuaJenny Agutter
KimrasiJohnny Sekka
Major HarrisHarold Coyne
GondokoJoseph Layode
Witch doctorIllario Pedro

Crew

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DirectorNathan Juran

Details

Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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