Escape from Zahrain

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Escape from Zahrain
The Poster for this film shows people running from a truck.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ronald Neame
Produced by
  • Ronald Neame
  • Francisco Day
Screenplay by Robin Estridge
Dudley Nichols (uncredited)
Based on Appointment in Zahrain
by Michael Barrett (fr)
Music by Lyn Murray
Cinematography Ellsworth Fredericks
Edited by Eda Warren
Release date
  • April 23, 1962 (1962-04-23) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Escape from Zahrain is a 1962 American action film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Madlyn Rhue and Anthony Caruso.[1][2] The film is based on the novel Appointment in Zahrain by Michael Barrett (fr) (1960).[3]

The film is set in the fictional state of Zahrain, located in the Arabian Peninsula. An officer in the security service of a despotic regime arranges to murder a jailed revolutionary leader (Bryner) while he is being transferred between prisons. The leader’s supporters stage a rescue, intending to subsequently flee across the desert to the Protectorate of Aden. In the chaos of the rescue two condemned prisoners, a common criminal with no interest in politics (Caruso) and an American oil worker (Warden), join the leader and the mastermind of the breakout (Mineo) in getting away. Later they encounter an educated nurse (Rhue) who they are compelled to take along, and a jaded British intelligence agent (James Mason) who they are confident will not reveal their whereabouts. Together they provide different perspectives on the Middle East of the early 1960s.



  1. ^ "Escape from Zahrain". 23 May 1962 – via 
  2. ^ "Escape from Zahrain (1962) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. 
  3. ^ "Escape from Zahrain (1962) - Screenplay Info -". Turner Classic Movies. 

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