Released in nineteen sixty five, Sands of the Kalahari is a movie that caught the world by surprise, as it was shot in real location and brings to the light some of the goings on in the Kalahari desert. Sands of Kalahari features a group of tourists who due to delays in flights in South Africa, opt to charter a small plane from a not so straight pilot who happens to be bribed by one of the passengers to re-route the plane. It is brought down by a cloud of locusts and since it crashes right in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, no form of help can be expected.
Sands of the Kalahari shows how man struggles to survive in the harsh Kalahari Desert climatic conditions. Soon as the passengers are on the ground, a battle for control of the group ensues and the one who bribed the pilot takes over as the leader. The pilot is exiled from the location after he sexually assaults a female passenger and soon after the group leader kills one of the passengers, the movie takes a dramatic twist. It is in the sands of the Kalahari that the wrath of vicious baboons faced by the killer is brought out. What comes to the fore is the battle for survival between man and animal, fighting for the scarce resources in the Kalahari Desert.
The exiled killer in sands of the Kalahari is portrayed as having a rare pastime, one involving shooting of baboons as he struggles to keep them at bay and to revenge for attacking him impromptu. The actor, Stuart Whitman, brings out the character so well that he appears to be the sadistic person he is portrayed in sands of the Kalahari. But it is not until he starts meting out his anger on the survivors of the plane crash that he appears to be an outright murderer. Directed by the dictatorial cigar smoking Joe Levine, this movie has been described as top of the list.
Considering the fact that sands of the Kalahari was made way back in the late twentieth century, the storyline and effects employed in the movie are such that it comes out as a real life incident, and this happens to be the main reason as to why it is ranked among some of the best movies. Sands of the Kalahari is one hundred and nineteen minutes long, and is more of an action type of movie with a three star rating. It was simultaneously released in both the UK and the US in 1965.