Memed, My Hawk (1983)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - UK, Yugoslavia  |  
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This disappointing, pretentious farce by writer and director Peter Ustinov, who also stars as the incompetent but powerful Abki Aga, is based on a novel by Yashar Kemal about Memed (Simon Dutton) a man who escapes into the Turkish hills with the woman he loves (Leonie Mellinger), a woman already betrothed to the nephew of the region's governor (Aga). Even though Memed joins a band of brigands he is not successful when he first tries to kill Aga, who lords it over five different villages and has a sizeable army, and so he tries again. Unfortunately, Turkey is not only the setting, but an apt descriptive term for this 105-minute film.

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against-all-odds, cross-cultural-relations, death, economy, governor, love, nephew, nudity, oppression, peasant, rebel, revolution, sex, tradition, Turkish [nationality], woman