Watch The Desert of the Tartars (1976)

Genre: Drama War History

Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 140 min


Release: 1976

Director: Valerio Zurlini

Stars: Jacques Perrin Vittorio Gassman Giuliano Gemma Helmut Griem Philippe Noiret Francisco Rabal Fernando Rey Laurent Terzieff Jean-Louis Trintignant Max von Sydow Shaban Golchin Honaz Giuseppe Pambieri Bryan Rostron Kamran Nozad Manfred Freyberger

As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible incursion by the fearsome Tartars, coming from beyond the desert. Some fellow officers are eagerly awaiting an attack; some no longer want to believe in it; others take advantage of the vague threat to further their career. All of them are sacrificing everything -- health, youth, friends, family -- for a distant military ideal: leading the defence against the onslaught of the enemy. But in the vast emptiness surrounding the fortress, nobody has ever sighted the Tartars...

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