Caravans (1978 film)

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Caravans
Caravans (1978).jpg
Directed by James Fargo
Produced by Elmo Williams
Written by Nancy Voyles Crawford, Thomas A. McMahon and Lorraine Williams (screenplay)
Starring Anthony Quinn
Michael Sarrazin
Christopher Lee
Music by Mike Batt
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Richard Marden
Production
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Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates November 2, 1978
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States
Language English--Persian

Caravans is a 1978 Iranian-American film directed by James Fargo based on the novel by James A. Michener. Nancy Voyles Crawford wrote the screenplay. The movie was shot in Iran and starred Anthony Quinn, Jennifer O'Neill, and Michael Sarrazin.

Plot[edit]

The story is set in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Zadestan in 1948. Mark Miller is stationed at the U.S. Embassy in the fictional city of Kashkhan and is given the assignment of an investigation to find a young woman, Ellen Jasper, also from the United States, who has disappeared after her marriage to Colonel Nazrullah several months previously. The film was not well received by James Michener as it strayed wildly from the plot of his book, even eradicating its main character, a Nazi war criminal on the run who falls in love with the female lead character. This omission and other story changes caused Michener to take legal action.

Music[edit]

Mike Batt wrote the score, which has been the most successful element of the film, remaining a bestseller for many years after the film's release. The song "Caravan Song" was written by Mike Batt and sung by the Scottish singer Barbara Dickson. It peaked at No. 41 in UK charts and featured on the album All for a Song.

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