Nakhoda Khorshid (1988)

Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

This Iranian film may bear only the loosest relationship to its putative inspiration, Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not, but it bears a much closer resemblance to Howard Hawks' 1944 film with that title. In the story, set in the Persian Gulf rather than Martinique, one-armed Captain Khorsid has been smuggling on behalf of the local crime-lord but is anxious to make more money than the crime-lord will permit him. He takes all his savings to date and invests in a shipment of cigarettes. However, the crime-lord hears of the operation and turns the Captain over to the authorities, who merely burn his shipment. Now rather desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to smuggle people, and among his passengers are criminals and political refugees.