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Ashanti (1979)

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Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Stephen Geller (screenplay), Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (novel) (as Alberto Vasquez-Figueroa)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Dr. David Linderby
Peter Ustinov ... Suleiman
Kabir Bedi ... Malik
Beverly Johnson ... Dr. Anansa Linderby
Omar Sharif ... Prince Hassan
Rex Harrison ... Brian Walker
William Holden ... Jim Sandell
Zia Mohyeddin ... Djamil
Winston Ntshona ... Ansok
Tariq Yunus ... Faid
Tyrone Jackson Tyrone Jackson ... Dongaro
Akosua Busia ... The Senoufo Girl
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Marcel
Olu Jacobs Olu Jacobs ... Commissioner Batak
Johnny Sekka ... Captain Bradford
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Storyline

Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

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...slavery today! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Switzerland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashanti See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title was somewhat confusing for audiences, as many people tended to think that the character played by Beverly Johnson was called "Ashanti". Johnson's image appeared prominently on one of the movie's main posters where she was positioned above the bold title, sitting chained in the desert in a red dress showing a lot of cleavage, and comprising sixty percent of the poster. Her character was actually named "Dr. Anansa Linderby" and not "Ashanti", which refers to the African tribe, of which Anansa was a descendant. See more »

Alternate Versions

A copy of the film was given away on DVD by the UK Mail On Sunday newspaper. However this version was considerably edited and missing most of the violent scenes. As the BBFC have never cut the film it appears that this version has come from a pre-cut or TV print. See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Lose the Feeling
(end title song)
Music by Michael Melvoin (uncredited)
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Chambers
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Even the actors cannot save it
25 December 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

With "Ashanti", Richard Fleischer,one of the most talented (and underrated)American directors hit rock bottom.Was it the same man who made "Clay Pidgeon" and "Follow me quietly" (early period) ,"Violent Saturday" and "the Vikings" (middle) and finally reached a breath-taking maturity with "The Boston Strangler" "10 Rillington Place " or "Solyent green" (which contains what might be the most moving scene in the American movies of the seventies:the death of E.G.Robinson)."Solyent green" was also Fleischer's death as an artist;there's simply not one movie worth seeking out afterward:"Mandingo" "the Don is dead" (A poor man's "Godfather" where Fleischer met up with Quinn he had already directed in his remarkable "Barabba" ) "Conan" or "Amytiville (3D!) are dreadful stuff.

"Ashanti" is no exception in Fleischer's dismal final years.The slave trade which still exists today was a good subject though;after "Mandingo" why not "Ashanti"?But James Mason could not save that movie ;Both Ustinov and Caine ,two veterans of the English cinema ,cannot save "Ashanti.Peter Ustinov gives a tongue in cheek performance,knowing that the only way to deal with such a screenplay is not to take it seriously.Even Omar Sharif comes to the rescue (so to speak).It seems the one mistake that the slave trader made is to have abducted an educated woman (a doctor!).

Too bad a subject so serious should be botched that way.


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