A womans ex-husband, who is the son of an Arab chieftain, kidnaps their teenage son and brings him back to Morocco, where the boy is to be made the leader of the tribe. The childs mother hires a mercenary to get her son and bring him back to her.
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The synopsis on the video box hardly do any sort of justice to this movie,depicting it as more of a regular kidnapping story where a mother hires arather unorthodox agent to trail her strange husband. But this movie hasnone of that. Filmed in Morroco, it is more like a modern tale of adventurein the deserts of Morroco complete with sword fights and camel rides.A rich woman's husband, son of a Morrocan Prince, takes their son to Morrocowith plans to live in grandfather's palace. While the grandfather declaresthe grandson heir to the throne and prepares him for living in the Holy Landand ridding himself of the life he once knew, the woman hires a few men(including Rutger Hauer) to get her grandson back. And it turns out to be avery dangerous mission. This is a fantastic adventure film, though a pretty violent one, since it'sa deadly mission and one that, although the main premise involves akidnapping, continues on to involve all sorts of wild intrigue includingthat of a feuding Morrocan tribe. It seems so unusual because it is anancient tale told in a modern setting when the family is taken away fromtheir modern conveniences into a highly hostile desert scenery withcompletely different customs and culture. These Italian filmmakers have given us something that I would less consideran action movie and more of an adventure tale. I would definitely recommendthis movie if you're in the mood for something really different.
Other than the enjoyment of looking at Carol Alt in her business suits,this is a pretty good cast wasted. To start with, I couldn't care lessabout her rich girl persona and her snot son. The kid looks like arefugee from Leave It to Beaver. He is so happy all the time. Even whenhe punches out the big kid in the principals office. Rutger Hauer ishired to go retrieve the boy from his Arab father who is an aspiringEmir in a desert colony. Boy, it's hard to watch what the likes of OmarSharif became. Anyway, they blast their way in and attempt the rescue.She comes along, of course, because she is an Alpha female, rich,corporate executive, which qualifies her to fight against Arabs withmachine guns. Mostly she hides; but she is there. I'm sure a fairamount of money was spent on this. There is some nice desertcinematography. It's just too many deaths, done easily, to get backthat little jerk kid, who, in actuality, couldn't fight his way out ofa grocery sack. Too much shooting and not enough plot.
This movie has been largely ignored by the general public. I suppose this may be partly due to the confusion about the title (it has been released as 'Desert Law', 'Law of the Desert' and 'Beyond Justice'). Nevertheless Beyond Justice is a fast-paced movie combining spectacular action, good acting and a plot, that is at least two steps above average for movies in this genre. The Maltin summary does not do this movie justice. The plot may have some twists in it, but it avoids the usual loose ends and I see no reason, why an action movie should have a completely predictable plot. The actors do a good job (Omar Sharif obviously enjoying himself as a conservative Arab Sheik and Rutger Hauer quite believable as a matter-of-fact mercenary) The camera work is downright spectacular, using the impressive landscape of the Sahara to great effect and the score is one of the best ever to be heard in action movies. On the whole this is a forgotten movie, that deserved a far better fate.
Late night at the drug store picking up ice & vodka,i notice a rack ofdiscount DVDs. Rite in front i find a Collector's edition, 4 hrs.Rutger Hauer action pack for $3.99. My evening is looking up! First up,Beyond Justice, A fantastic story of international intrigue, moralresponsibility, as a hansom mercenary (Rutger Hauer) is hired by abeautiful and rich divorce (Carrol Alt) to rescue her kidnapped sonfrom his father who has taken him back to his homeland of Morraco. TheX husband is clearly in a dilemma that would test the limits of anywell intending man. His father is a Emir of a nomadic tribe in Morracoand has threatened to kill his X wife if he dose not deliver the boy tohim to claim his prince hood.Needles to say as i was drinking my vodka and cleaning my guns, ienjoyed this movie very much. hope you like it to!
I never heard of this Italian made film...I caught on Long Islandsch.55late night movie.. I was amazed.. its a fascinating adventure, beautifullyphotographed and well acted.. Sustained my interest even at this 2amviewing! It is somewhat cliched, and stereotypic, but an exciting talewelltold.. In view of our present world conflict, it gives some insight intothetribal nomadic existences of the various cults that still exist !!, andthemores and values which still persist.Worth seeing...
If you are a big fan of Rutger Hauer you might even *enjoy* this movie,otherwise, don't spend your time on this one.The music is awful and so are the action scenes, if you want to seeRutger'saction film i recommend seeing rather split second or arcticblue.
A rich, bossy executive's son is kidnapped by her ex-husband, an arab whohas been warned to return to his people or face the consequences, whichcould include her death. When he and the boy arrive at the settlement ofhisfather, the Emir (Omar Sharif), he is informed that, because he has been abad boy who transgressed against his society's precepts, he will bebypassedand his son, now thirteen, will eventually rule the Emir's people.Meanwhile, the frantic mother (Carol Alt, looking quite elegant) has beenput in touch with a specialist in "dirty" operations (Rutger Hauer), whoagrees, for a price, to rescue the boy from the Emir's clutches. At thispoint, the movie begins to slow down as Hauer and his associates penetratethe Emir's lair. There's a lack of imagination and flair to the filming.They just crunch it out. One gets tired of seeing people diving off camelsor rolling down sand dunes after they get shot. The film score sounds asifit were written for some other, equally pedestrian movie. And just whenyouthink everything is about to be tied up in a neat package, there's atwenty-minute coda of more gunplay. When you run out of dialogue or plottwists, get out those AK-47s. Does the father pay for his "crime"? Doesthekid get saved? Does the Emir say "It is written....?" Does Hauer end upwithAlt? Have you ever seen a movie?
This review is from: Beyond Justice (DVD) Have watched number of Rutger Hauer movies. Like others more than this one but enjoyed seeing the movie for first time. Was on time and in good condition. Thank you Amazon.
This review is from: Beyond Justice (DVD) I have been a Rutger Hauer fan since Ladyhawke and Blind Fury, so after reading the plot and some reviews of Beyond Justics, I assumed it would be a pretty good movie. Oh boy was I wrong. The movie itself is barely OK, some good action scenes, but a pretty weak plot and the action scenes looked as if they were shot in the 70s and not in the 90s. But the quality of the DVD was terrible. The cover was cheaply done, not even printed right, and the DVD quality was grainy, worse than copying VHS to DVD, and the sound was horrid. It's beyond me how amazon.com can sell such a low quality product. Keep your VHS if you like the movie.
A WEALTHY WOMAN [CAROL ALT] SENDS A TOUGH MERCENARY [RUTGER HAUER] TO FIND HER SON. MOVIE TAKES TOO LONG TO GET STARTED AND THE SCRIPT IS FILLED WITH FLAWS. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS MOVIE HAS A DECENT CAST, THIS MOVIE FAILS TO BE A GOOD MOVIE. FANS OF RUTGER HAUER DESERVE A BETTER RUTGER HAUER MOVIE THAN THIS FORGETTABLE MOVIE. AT LEAST OMAR SHARIF GIVES A GOOD PERFORMANCE AS AN ARABIAN MAN.
The movie Beyond Justice is a great movie for everybody to see. For anybody over the age of 10 should be able to understand the meaning of this video. I have received a sneak preview of the movie from a company that advertises it. If you like comedy , family , action movies with out violence then this is the movie. So buy this movie right away for yourself or a family member it would be a great gift. A AWESOME MOVE !!!
This is a non-stop action adventure in which Carol Alt seeks out mercenary Rutger Hauer to retrive her kidnapped son from his arab grandfather (Omar Shariff). Explosive gunfire is everywher in this fast=paced feature combing spectacular action, superb acting, an intriguing plot, and breathtaking scenes shot in the Sahra desert.
I am quite sure that this is the worst action movie I have ever seen. Rutger Hauer is fair in it. Omar Sharif is good in it. Even these quality actors could not save this pantload. The sound was awful, The plot was almost nonexistant and full of more holes than a seive. I am shocked anyone could find this film entertaining. Luckily it has a very nice black plastic case, so it is not a total loss. I put my copy in the trash after I broke it. I would hate to think I had subjected the trashman or anyone else to this kind of vapid, tedious, film
This review is from: Beyond Justice (DVD) I enjoy Rutger Hauer and had not seen some of his older movies. If you are a fan, you will like this one!
I must admit I haven't seen all movies starring Rutger Hauer yet, soI'm not sure, but my guess is that BEYOND JUSTICE (aka THE LAW OF THEDESERT) has got to be the worst Hauer-movie out there. It excels inbeing bad. Now I know that, for instance, PRECIOUS FIND was a poorattempt at sci-fi/action, but at least it had Brion James in it and itwasn't an ambitious international co-production. And, yes, I know thatTURBULENCE 3: HEAVY METAL was a trashy crapfest, but that one was atleast so 'over the top' it was hilarious. So nobody can convince methat those movies were worse or, at least, less fun than this one.I'm gonna be brief about the plot. There's a divorced couple, anAmerican wife and an Arabian husband, living in America. The Arabiandude kidnaps their son and transports him to Arabia to live with hisgrandfather (Omar Sharif). The son is supposedly to inherit his legacy,and thus living the Arabian way of life for the rest of his days. Hedoesn't seem to mind, by the way. Maybe it's because those Arabiansdon't do anything throughout this movie except sitting in a castle andriding horses (yes, indeed: Boring!). The ex-wife (Carol Alt) and herlegal adviser (Elliot Gould) bring in Tom Burton (Rutger Hauer) to goand save the kid. The acting: Rutger Hauer, though undoubtedly the best actor of thecast, seems hopelessly lost in this movie. At the time of shooting thismovie he clearly hadn't developed his method-acting-skills yet. So withthe absence of any guidance from the director, you could consider him aloose cannon throughout this film. I love the way his character isintroduced. He is on this mission to save some political prisoner, soyou see him running around randomly shooting and throwing grenades.Quite pointless, if you ask me, while stealth moves would've been moreappropriate. Carol Alt has not much to do except looking beautiful.Omar Sharif, well, the only good thing the man did - in my book - washis role in TOP SECRET. And after seeing him in that one you justcannot take his whole 'respect my Arabian authority'-thing in DESERTLAW serious. As for Elliot Gould (TV's FRIENDS), the man's acting rangeis limited to two aspects: whining and looking sad. I must also mentionthe young (non)actor who plays the kid's Arabian slave/friend. Not onlyhe just can't act, he also looks like a moron with his tongue cut outwho smiles all the time (in fact, his tongue was cut out, if I remembercorrectly... Oooh, those savage Arabians!)The cinematography: This movie was shot in 1989, re-released in 1992,but looks like something from the late 70's. It seems like thecamera-operator just discovered the zoom-button and is veryenthusiastic about it. He just can't stop touching the damn thing.The editing: Atrocious. Sometimes the editor cuts too soon to the otherover-shoulder-view in a conversation, making you here the last word ofone person's line without seeing his jaw move. At one time, after adialogue is finished, the camera stays focused extreeeeemely long on aguy's face instead of cutting away to the next scene. The plot: Now, the premise is OK. The clash between traditional Arabianand modern day American lifestyle could have invoked interesting moraldiscussions resulting in a violent confrontation during a climacticending. Because you feel like it builds up to that (it takes almost twohours to get there), but in the end it just does not deliver. Theconversations in the drama department are boring blahblahblah's, thetrip through the desert is boring with just one lame and badlychoreographed shoot-out scene. The rescue near the end is rushedfollowed by one of the most stupid happy-endings I've ever seen: OmarSharif handing over the kid, admitting he was wrong and HUGGING Hauer!And what's worse: after that, in some sort of epilogue, we find outthat sissy-boy Elliot Gould was a traitor. Normally you discoversomething like that just before the climax, so you could have some kindof showdown between Hauer and Gould, or heck, Hauer just shooting thebastard. No, instead this goes on and on and then we get to see Gouldmake a confession while a fly is walking around on his face. The directing: I think there was no director present at the time ofshooting. The music: I just can't believe they got Ennio Morricone to do thesoundtrack. Even he f#@ks it up. One time he cooks up this really dumbfunky porn-movie tune. And most of the time he mixes his score with somuch cheesy sweetness that by the time this movie ends, you'll have tobe taken to a hospital suffering from a sugar-overdose. I think you all get my point, no? This movie was abominable. RutgerHauer, what the hell were you thinking? I guess you thought it was funto come back to Europe and do a picture while being here, no? Well, atleast I hope you got paid alright, 'cause this movie turns BLIND FURYinto Oscar-material. Normally I would recommend this kind of movie tomake fun of, but it's actually a torment to sit through and you'll feelinsulted in the end. Therefore I will add that Rutger Hauer even getsthe girl in the end! So, there you have it. Now you have absolutely noreason to watch this tripe. And now, please excuse me, I'm gonna gowatch TACTICAL ASSAULT (starring Hauer and Robert"T2"Patrick). I heardit's so bad, it's fun.
Beyond Justice is a very good and action packed film that has a goodcast including Rutger Hauer, Carol Alt, Omar Sharif, Elliott Gould,Kabir Bedi, Stewart Jan Bick, David Flosi, Brett Halsey, Peter Sands,Christopher Ahrens, Larry Dolgin, and D.R. Nanayakkara. The acting byall of these actors is very good. The action and thrills is really goodand some of it is surprising. The movie is filmed very good. The musicis great by Ennio Morricone. Great direction by Duccio Tessari. Thefilm is really good and the movie really keeps you going until the end.This is a very thrilling film. If you like Rutger Hauer, Carol Alt,Omar Sharif, Elliott Gould, Kabir Bedi, Stewart Jan Bick, David Flosi,Brett Halsey, Peter Sands, the rest of the cast in the film, Action,Thrillers, War, Dramas, and interesting movies then I stronglyrecommend you to see this film today!
Good movie, but I didnt like that some scenes were cut such as the trip from the airport to the desert
The first time I saw this movie I was on a bus in Mexico. It was asweltering 110 degrees, the air conditioner was broken, and I wasbattling amoebic dysentery. When this movie came on, my world changed.Elliot Gould, Omar Sharif, and others give breathtaking performances asthe kidnapped American child is reclaimed by an unorthodox hero. 15,000dead Morroccans later, the child is rescued and brought swiftly back tohis mother. For those two hours, I forgot about my perils in a foreignland and simply enjoyed the show. This film take you to the edge ofyour seat, doing the wave with your friends, and sharing the beauty ofone of the most wondrous creations to grace the silver screen. Bravo.
How you can make a movie about such totally unsympathetic andinsufferable people is beyond me. Beyond that, the movie makes no senseand the plot has no credibility. Father kidnaps son from mother andthen helps mother re-kidnap him from primitive Arab tribe who havemanaged to place elaborate warning boxes into the, one assumes, wellguarded mansions of the two parents in America. Two hired mercenariessomehow manage to obtain crates-full of sophisticated weapons and acaravan of other Arabs to transport them. Mother in business suitinsists on joining commandos when her presence at any point couldbetray and undermine the entire mission. OK, that's enough, I got myten lines in but will mention that I am a big fan of Rutgar Hauer.
Think about all the lives lost in this movie. For what? The kid who'skidnapped by his own father winds up back with his Mom after the fatherhas a change of heart. Really? And the grandfather Emir who engineeredthe whole thing just shrugs it all off and let's the kid make his owndecision at the end of the story.Obviously someone must have thought all of this was a good idea becauseOmar Sharif and Elliott Gould signed on to back up Rutger Hauer andCarol Alt in this desert adventure. Hauer portrays mercenary TomBurton, hired by business executive Christine Sanders (Alt) to rescueher son after he's whisked off to Morocco by her ex (Kabir Bedi). As anactress, Alt is one fantastic model, and virtually every scene with herin it is constructed basically to show off her fine legs. The kidplaying her son must have been some kind of studio politicalappointment because he can't act and his demeanor never matches thesituation he's in.There are a couple of interesting bits here. That huge poster of Bogartin "Casablanca" simply overwhelmed that early scene at the Moroccanairport, and this has got to be the latest I've ever seen a horsebrought down by a trip wire (even though it looks like someone bashedit with a machine gun) during late battle action. If made in the U.S.,the PETA folks would have been all over this one. But you know when Ibecame convinced this was a clunker? At one point, Rutger Hauer'scharacter actually comes out with the line - "Go ahead, make my day".