The dramatization of the life of Egyptian leader Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, from his early years as a young officer fighting the British, to his assassination in 1981.




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Series cast summary:
Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Anwar al-Sadat 2 episodes, 1983
John Rhys-Davies ...  Gamal Abdel Nasser 2 episodes, 1983
Madolyn Smith Osborne ...  Jihan Sadat 2 episodes, 1983
Jeremy Kemp ...  Thompson 2 episodes, 1983
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...  Sibai 2 episodes, 1983
Eric Berry Eric Berry ...  Rashad 2 episodes, 1983
Anne Heywood ...  Mrs. Raouf 2 episodes, 1983
Ferdy Mayne ...  Mullah 2 episodes, 1983
Barry Morse ...  Menachem Begin 2 episodes, 1983
Thaao Penghlis ...  Amer 2 episodes, 1983
Nehemiah Persoff ...  Leonid Brezhnev 2 episodes, 1983
Pepe Serna ...  Atif Sadat 2 episodes, 1983
Paul L. Smith ...  King Farouk 2 episodes, 1983
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Sharaff 2 episodes, 1983
Aharon Ipalé ...  Israeli Man 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Kuss ...  Boldorov 2 episodes, 1983
Hugh Gillin ...  American Ambassador 2 episodes, 1983
George Morfogen George Morfogen ...  Salem 2 episodes, 1983
James Garrett ...  British Corporal 2 episodes, 1983
Judith Penrod Judith Penrod ...  TV Reporter 2 episodes, 1983
James O'Sullivan James O'Sullivan ...  Jordan 2 episodes, 1983
Alexander Zale ...  Shafi 2 episodes, 1983
Tony Plana ...  Dentist 2 episodes, 1983
James Staley ...  Williams 2 episodes, 1983
Nick Faltas ...  Raouf 2 episodes, 1983
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ...  Elliott Richardson 2 episodes, 1983
David Hess ...  Israeli Soldier 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Saad Michael Saad ...  Libyan 2 episodes, 1983
Walt Hanna Walt Hanna ...  Jimmy Carter 2 episodes, 1983
Gertrudis Kuntz Gertrudis Kuntz ...  Golda Meir 2 episodes, 1983
Ben Slack Ben Slack ...  Ariel Sharon 2 episodes, 1983
Joe Renteria ...  Egyptian Soldier 2 episodes, 1983
Mohamed Abdul Kheir Mohamed Abdul Kheir ...  Wedding Mullah 2 episodes, 1983
Nathan Lam Nathan Lam ...  Rabbi 2 episodes, 1983


The dramatization of the life of Egyptian leader Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, from his early years as a young officer fighting the British, to his assassination in 1981.

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1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) on March 18, 1983, Louis Gossett, Jr. compared his acting in this movie to Sir Ben Kingsley's Oscar Award-winning role in Gandhi (1982). See more »

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Films are entertainment, not history books
4 February 2013 | by macunaima1970See all my reviews

I have to say that I find this small and virtually unknown TV production quite interesting in a variety of ways. First of all, I want to react on the negative responses by some scholars/Historians etc. below.

First of all, film is an interpretation of reality, it is either fictional or it is based on facts, it is not reconstructing reality AS IT WAS (maybe in some Andy Warhol films showing a sleeping man for six hours...). This is a TV production, so they probably used some props from other productions, the costumes, the medals etc. might be not representative for the time, but they are used as symbolic means. And it is funny to have this discussion every time a docu-drama is produced. The interpretation of facts only began with "The Birth of a Nation" by Griffith in 1915 and has not ended with films like "JFK" and "SChindler's List". You can find many pages trashing against historical inaccuracies in these and other films - quite boring as I find. And with the facts - I really don't get this: The film shows the resignment of Nasser, the Jom Kippur War, the peace contract with Israel, and how he died. So what is missing? The secret lovers? (I am joking) Film should give a picture, an imagination, and interpretation of reality. And that really works well here. There are only few films dealing with the near East conflicts of the 60ies to 80ies, and even less where an Arab leader is portrayed as the main protagonist. Something that probably would be impossible in an American production of today. The actors are good (I loved John Rhys-Davies as Nasser, he not only looks like him, but also perfectly copied the manners), the conflicts are well developed, there is a private side to Sadat, the writing is fluid and tight, the music and cinematography are above average TV. And the film gives a very interesting view on the panarabistic tendencies of the 70ies and 80ies, that finally seem to have ended with the Egypt spring in 2011. So I can only recommend this film as a American view on things, as a legit interpretation and dramatization of events. There is also an Egyptian production on Sadat (from 2001): This film may be historically more accurate (I cannot tell), but it is much more boring...

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