Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert. Joe January John Wayne , two-fisted, hard-drinking and hard-living, is hired by Paul Bonnard Rossano Brazi to lead an expedition in the wasteland of the North African desert. The script, by the legendary Ben Hecht, and rising screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr. Watch it if you must only for the breath-taking visuals. Brazzi also learns what happened to his father with a letter found on his remains and two other human remains and some forensic conclusions. Loren is a local lady of questionable morality. I feel the hot Sahara sun in that Lybian desert, the wind blowing sand in my face, the coolness of the water in the oasis, and the quiet beauty of a desert twilight.
In Timbucktu both of them encounter Sophia Loren who's a working girl. There they find the treasure but they also find the body of Brazzi's father entwined with the remains of a woman, a lower-class or worse woman judging by the cheap jewelry that remains on the body. Joe January - straight out of one of the John Ford westerns except that the backdrop is changed from Arizona to North Africa - hired by one Paul Bonnard Rossano Brazzi to go deep into the Sahara for an undisclosed reason. The fact remains that he failed to overcome the casting problems that beset the film. The movie starts out with Rossano Brazzi looking for a guide to take him through the Sahara desert to find a lost city.
Could a more polished screenplay and a bigger budget saved this film? But alcohol except some small amount for medicinal emergencies is an outright hazard on the desert. Even so, Timbuktu still never looked like Morocco, French or no French. For example, making Timbuktu a part of French Morocco, complete with belly-dancers and corrupt Prefect. The story loses credibility towards the end but has its twists and turns. And he may very well be right.
Forgetting the fact that Sophia with two men on the desert is going to lead to obvious complications, I cannot believe that Wayne was taking booze on the trip. However the worth of the man is in the total of his work, I should think that many fine actors in hindsight had films that they wished they had turned down, but then hindsight is a wonderful thing. Just relax, watch slowly - like sipping a good wine;consider it as a walk on memory lane back into fifties without fundamentalists, communists but with few imperialists; Wayne is amazing with plenty of wonderful one-liners - same for Sophie Loren - amazing gorgeous woman back then and now, G-d bless her. And that's where, I believe, all of the negative reviews come from. There is also no treasure to be found.
Hi Bopoppa Like falco4 says Legend of the Lost isn't that dreadful a film. Second, Paul runs out on Joe and Dita before they wake up in the morning, and steals the water and the donkey. The rest of it is kind of silly. For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, Brazzi's image of his father and, derivatively, of himself collapses and he loses his mind. Sophia falls in love with Rossano and follows him, who teams up with John Wayne as they go in search of the lost city of gold.
It would probably be easier walking across the Sahara Desert, than watching this film User Review Rain In The Desert 1 March 2007 by bkoganbing Buffalo, New York Legend of the Lost paired John Wayne and Sophia Loren for their one and only teaming on the silver screen. Although he might have had a point, Hathaway was also likely trying to deflect blame away from himself for the failure. Okay, it has some corny lines, and Sophia is just too beautiful. Duke is wastrel Joe January, ensconced in the jail of a desert outpost. He could have wired in his part by Western Union. From the very beginning, the script was wrong, and no one could change it, for the better. It was probably a very wise decision on his part.
Too bad it wasn't in a much better film than this barely disguised rip off of Rain. Goofs Revealing mistakes: When Wayne and Loren are wandering across the wasteland of sand, there are clearly footprints where there shouldn't be. Finally, the real ruins and the cinematography are truly impressive, and are the main reasons for seeing this film, except for Sophia Loren, of course. Although Hathaway was a highly successful and reliable director film-making within the Hollywood studio system , his work has received little consideration from reviewers. None of this talent managed to keep Legend of the Lost from being harshly reviewed by critics. She was a much bigger star in Spain than Wayne was in 1957.
The best is that the egoist does not win finally. You will see each punch miss by at least a foot and a half. This film is directed by Henry Hathaway and also stars Kurt Kasznar, Sonia Moser and Ibrahim El Hadish. Also, Paul Bonnard's character arc was just too quick and sudden. My conclusion is that since this was a Batjac production, John Wayne wanted to do something that could be classified as arty. The Spanish poster only features a closeup of the face of Sophia Loren and her name comes above John Wayne's.